Introduction and Education
Byron Pitts was born on October 21 1960 in Baltimore, Maryland. He is a famous American author and journalist. He was born to Clarice and William Pitts. He was raised by his single mother in a working class neighborhood. He as a child had a debilitating stutter and also was illiterate until he was 12 years old. His children are Christina Pitts, Brittni Pitts and Angela Pitts. Pitts studied in all boys Catholic high school named Archbishop Curley High School located in Baltimore. He also have attended Ohio Wesleyan University but he spent his summers in Apex, North Carolina. He holding Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Speech Communication and Journalism graduating from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1982.
Since his childhood he had a dream to be a journalist. He grabbed his opportunity working on 60 Minutes when he was just 18 years old. He also as an intern worked at WTVD in Durham, North Carolina. When he completed his graduation he worked in several television stations on the east coast. He worked at WNCT-TV in Greenville, N.C. as a weekend sports anchor and reporter in 1983 till 1984. Later to work as a substitute anchor and reporter for WFLA-TV he moved across the Florida peninsula to Tampa in 1988 to 1989. He then moved to Boston and served for WCVB-TV as a special assignment reporter in 1989 to 1994. He also worked for WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia as a general assignment reporter in 1994 to 1996. That was his last local job. In 1997 he worked for CBS Newspath as a correspondent when he moved to Washington, D.C. CBS Newspath is a 24-hour affiliate news service of CBS News.
"Barack Obama and his wife Michelle walked into history’s arms last night….Just like JFK’s journey as the first Catholic President, America crossed a milestone….One of America’s oldest and ugliest color lines has been broken, and there’s a new bridge for a new generation."
He has also covered the news about the Iraq War. He is also famous for his successful coverage including Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait, war in Afghanistan, the Florida Presidential recount, the refugee crisis in Kosovo, the Florida fires, the Elian Gonzalez story and the mudslides in Central America.
In May 1998 he was named as CBS News correspondent and was also based in Miami in 1998 and Atlanta in 1999. He also became a lead reporter of CBS News during the September 11 attacks. Due to the reports he also became successful in winning Emmy Award.He was also awarded for covering the Chicago train wreck in 1999 with a national Emmy Awards. In 2002 he also won a National Association of Black Journalist Award. He is also six times regional Emmy Awards winner and also is awarded with Associated Press Awards for four times.
He is the author of Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges which released on September 29 2009. In March 2013 he departed from CBS News. He now currently works for ABC News. His net worth is about $5 million dollar. Byron official twitter name is @byronpitts.
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Published on: January 27, 2015
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