NABJ Commends ABC News for Hiring Member Byron Pitts
Monday, April 1, 2013
Posted by: Tiane Johnson
WASHINGTON (April 1, 2013) – The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
offers its sincerest congratulations to NABJ member Byron Pitts on his new appointment as an
anchor and chief national correspondent at ABC News.
Pitts joins ABC News after 16 years at CBS News,
first as a correspondent at CBS Newspath the affiliate service, and then as a
network correspondent. Over the course of his career, Pitts reported across
platforms for CBS and in 2009 was named a contributing correspondent for the
network's flagship news magazine and the industry standard bearer 60 Minutes. He has reported domestically
and internationally on some of the biggest news stories including the September
11 attacks, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the tsunami in Indonesia, the
Elian Gonzales saga, and the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.
"I congratulate Byron on his new position
with ABC News and I am confident that he will continue to produce news that is of
the highest caliber," said NABJ President Gregory Lee, Jr. "Byron's
reports are clear, detailed, and compelling. He is a master storyteller who
engages his audience and tells them a well-crafted story. Those of us in the
industry continue to be amazed by his personal story, and I am proud to have
him as an industry role model and friend."
Pitts, a Baltimore native and graduate of Ohio
Wesleyan University, has also made news of his own penning the well-regarded memoir Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's
Challenges. In this inspirational story, Pitts chronicles his
battle with dyslexia, a speech impediment, and other challenges from childhood
to his college years.
2002, Pitts was named NABJ's Journalist of the Year. He is also the recipient of
several Emmy Awards. He and his wife, media executive Lyne Pitts, are loyal members of and steadfast
supporters of NABJ.
also celebrates two other members, Susan Saulny and Rob Nelson, who have new
roles at ABC News. Saulny joins the ABC News Washington bureau as a
correspondent. For 12 years, she was a national
correspondent for the New York Times
covering national news and contributing to the newspaper’s digital video
efforts. After nearly three years as
co-anchor of World News Now and America This Morning, Nelson
will move dayside as a correspondent reporting for all platforms and programs.
ABC News President Bob Sherwood for increasing the network’s diversity by
hiring these distinguished journalists,” said NABJ Vice President of Broadcast
and television station management diversity census author Bob Butler. "NABJ
welcomes the opportunity to partner with media companies to provide training
for members on and off the air and to assist stations in identifying candidates
to fill openings in their newsrooms.”
NABJ wishes Pitts continued success in his new role.
advocacy group established in 1975 in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the
largest organization for journalists of color in the nation, and
provides career development as well as educational and other support to
its members worldwide. For more information, please visit www.nabj.org.