Oscar Margain
Oscar Margain

Oscar Margain is a multilingual, multimedia journalist whose stories have taken him from the U.S.-Mexico border to China and back.

Margain returned state-side after two years in China working as a multimedia editor for China Media Group, where he helped vet and polish news stories slated for online publishing in the network’s New Media department. He also reported on a variety of cultural and social issues and hosted multiple social media livestreams from across the country. 

During his time in China, Margain also freelanced as an international correspondent for Univision, filing stories in Spanish from Beijing on the COVID-19 outbreak and subsequent pandemic.

Prior to his stint in Asia, he spent the first seven years of his journalism career at the Texas-Mexico border covering major stories of national and international interest, including the immigration crisis, border security, the drug war and U.S.-Mexico trade issues.

In 2016, Margain joined TEGNA Media as a southwest border correspondent based out of the KENS 5 San Antonio station in Texas, contributing to the company’s 50-plus news affiliates.

His formative years were in the Texas Rio Grande Valley, where he worked as a bilingual TV reporter and anchor for the local Fox and Univision stations, as well as a multimedia reporter for the Telemundo affiliate in McAllen, Texas, from 2013 to 2016. He started his journalism career with a brief role as a photojournalist in 2011 at KRGV-ABC in Weslaco, Texas.

His work at the U.S.-Mexico border has earned him multiple awards including four regional Emmys, two Texas Associated Press awards, two Houston Press Club awards, and a regional Edward R. Murrow. Margain has also been recognized by the New England Emmy chapter for his reporting with nominations in 2022 and 2023.

Margain graduated from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley with a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and in French language studies, with a focus in global security and Spanish.

The Monterrey, Mexico, native is now based in New England as a general-assignment reporter for Boston’s NBC, NECN and Telemundo networks.

The Latest

  • Lynn 16 hours ago

    ‘This road is garbage': Construction disrupts traffic in Lynn

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  • Mattapan Apr 17

    Man accused of throwing Molotov cocktails into friend's home in Mattapan. Motive remains a mystery

    A man accused of throwing multiple Molotov cocktails into a childhood friend’s home in Boston’s Mattapan neighborhood appeared in court Wednesday, but the motive behind the violent incident remains unclear. The incident occurred at 27 West Main St. on Tuesday, Boston police said. The homeowner, Tanea Smith, was on Facebook Live outside her home when she heard an explosion....

  • Norwood Apr 16

    2 seriously hurt in ‘horrific crash' near Route 1 in Norwood

    A major car crash left two people seriously hurt trapped in two wrecked vehicles near Route 1 in Norwood, Massachusetts, on Tuesday, authorities said. First responders, including a medical helicopter, were at the scene of the crash, which Norwood Police Chief William Brooks said was on University Avenue. He urged the public to avoid the area. Two people were rushed…

  • revere Apr 15

    Video shows car crash that shuttered Revere restaurant

    Video shows the moment a black car suddenly reverses into an SUV, then slams into a restaurant window in Revere, Massachusetts, on Sunday, shuttering the restaurant for the time being. Its owner fears the damage could drive La Esquina del Sabor, on Unity Avenue, to close for good. Every day the restaurant remains closed, Diego Preciado said, it loses $9,000….

  • Gloucester Apr 11

    Forgery, theft allegations cause shakeup at Gloucester harbormaster's office

    A scandal has rocked the Gloucester Harbormaster’s Office with allegations of theft and forgery, and they all center around three employees. The city mayor Greg Verga alerted the City Council on Monday that the state’s Division of Marine Fisheries discovered two forged grant applications totaling $24,000. The false signatures allegedly originated from the city’s Harbormaster’s Office. As of Monday,...

  • Massachusetts Apr 5

    Mass. feeling impact of nor'easter as storm pounds region

    As the nor’easter continues to make its way through Massachusetts, the snow just won’t quit in Fitchburg. However, the roads are a lot better than they were earlier Thursday. Still, a little slush but not bad considering we’ve had more than 12 hours of snow, sleet, wind and rain. Driving conditions were really rough earlier Thursday morning. With the...

  • School bus Apr 3

    Mass. superintendent ‘horrified' by school bus driver's alleged assault of student

    Authorities have shed more light in the alleged assault of a student by a Massachusetts school bus driver in Ashby on Tuesday. Video of the incident shows “the bus driver physically handle the student,” North Middlesex Regional School District Superintendent Brad Morgan said. “Quite honestly, I was horrified by it,” he added. No injuries were reported in the incident, which…

  • Boston Apr 3

    Missing 12-year-old Hyde Park boys have been found

    UPDATE 4/3/24: The Boston Police Department says these missing boys have been located. See more here. An earlier version of this story follows with the children’s identities removed. There’s been no update in the search for 12-year-old twin boys who’ve been missing for two weeks, Boston police said Tuesday. NBC10 Boston reached out to police for any developments in...

  • violence Apr 1

    AAA warns of rise in road rage cases in Mass. and nationwide

    Cases of road rage are on the rise in Massachusetts and across the country, according to AAA. The agency said it’s an issue that’s grown over the last decade, and exacerbated after the COVID-19 pandemic. More often than not, AAA says, those losing their cool tend to have instant regret. “It’s selfishness to the full extent, because you don’t...

  • politics Mar 26

    Access to natural psychedelics could soon be on the Massachusetts ballot

    The debate over legalizing natural psychedelic drugs to treat illnesses such as anxiety, depression, and PTSD could soon be left up to voters. The push to get it on the ballot came to Beacon Hill on Tuesday by a group of advocates who swear by the benefits. “You go into these experiences to deal with what are the darkest parts…

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