Chapman Alum to Feature City of Orange on ABC7 All students, staff and faculty are invited to the live broadcast of the "In the Neighborhood" segment on Oct. 10

From the restored historic homes to the annual International Street Fair to the vibrant community, the city of Orange has a distinct charm to it that is unlike anywhere else. For Marc Cota-Robles ’06, Orange is more than just a location. Growing up there and studying television broadcast journalism at Chapman University, Orange is both his hometown and college town and is the place that has shaped who he is today.

The Dodge College alumnus, now a general assignment reporter and fill-in anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness News, will highlight what makes Orange personally special to him through his station’s “In The Neighborhood” series, which features news team members revisiting their old stomping grounds to share the unique stories of their hometowns.

Chapman Family On-Air

Watson’s Soda Fountain and Cafe (116 E. Chapman Ave, Orange,) will host the live broadcast of Marc Cota-Robles’ “In the Neighborhood” feature.

The live broadcast of the segment will air Wednesday, Oct. 10 from 4:30 to 7 a.m. at Watson’s Soda Fountain and Cafe in Old Towne Orange, and the Chapman community is invited! Part of what sets the city of Orange apart is the Chapman Family and Cota-Robles wants to share that with the viewers tuning in. During ABC7’s morning show, the studio will cut to Watson’s several times for Cota-Robles to give reports on his favorite things from Orange.

The three-hour period at Watson’s will be jam-packed with free Chapman swag, Pete the Panther, the Chapman football team, cheer squad, pep band, the ChapTones a cappella group, and plenty of Panther Pride. Watson’s will also provide a free breakfast from 4:30 to 5:30 a.m. and a discounted, 50 percent-off meal from 5:30 to 7 a.m. for all attendees.

See you bright and early and be sure to wear your Chapman apparel!

For questions, please contact Chapman University’s Office of Public Relations at

Photo display at top/ABC7 Reporter Marc Cota-Robles ’06 will return to his hometown and college town in Orange for a special live broadcast of his station’s “In the Neighborhood” series. 

Bethanie Le

Bethanie Le