NABJ Congratulates Member Byron Pitts On Promotion At ABC News
Friday, December 19, 2014
Posted by: Aprill Turner
WASHINGTON, D.C. (December 19, 2014) - The National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) congratulates lifetime member Byron Pitts on his promotion to co-anchor of Nightline, ABC News’ late-night news program.
In the thirty years since he began his journalism career he has anchored and reported for stations in Greenville, North Carolina, Portsmouth, Virginia, Orlando, Florida, Tampa, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts, and Atlanta, Georgia, before becoming a network correspondent.
“Byron Pitts is a talented reporter who has covered many of the big stories of the last 17 years. His reporting is honest, thoughtful, and compelling,” said NABJ President Bob Butler. “I know Byron has always wanted an opportunity to anchor the network news so I am thrilled for him. He is engaging on-screen, diligent off-screen and his storytelling gives you characters, events, facts, and when needed, a level of emotion, which says here is why this story matters and why you should care.”
Pitts joined ABC News as an anchor and chief national correspondent in 2013. In that time he has reported on a wide range of stories for all ABC News shows and platforms most notably the death of Nelson Mandela, the aftermath of the shooting death of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, profiled the self-proclaimed leader of the Satanic church, along with reporting a number of political stories and of course breaking news.
Prior to joining ABC, Pitts spent 16 years at CBS News where by the end he was a contributing correspondent to the flagship newsmagazine 60 Minutes and that network’s chief national correspondent.
A committed member of NABJ, Pitts was awarded one of the association’s highest honors when he was named "Journalist of the Year” in 2002. He has also received a number of other journalism awards including national and regional Emmy Awards.
NABJ congratulates ABC News on a dynamic selection and wishes Mr. Pitts much success in his new role.
An 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 additional information, please visit, www.nabj.org.