Byron Pitts

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Byron Pitts
Byron Pitts 2011.jpg
Pitts in 2011
Born (1960-10-21) October 21, 1960 (age 58)
EducationOhio Wesleyan University
OccupationTelevision journalist
Years active1983–present
Notable credit(s)
CBS Evening News
60 Minutes
ChildrenChristiani Pitts, Brittni Pitts, Tiffani Clayton

Byron Pitts (born October 21, 1960) is an American journalist and author working for ABC News.[1] As of 2018, he is a co-anchor of Nightline.[citation needed] Until 2013, he served as a chief national correspondent for The CBS Evening News and a contributor to the newsmagazine 60 Minutes.[citation needed] Examples of major stories he has covered are the September 11, 2001 attacks and Iraq.[citation needed]

Early life[edit]

Pitts was born October 21, 1960, to Clarice and William Pitts[2] in Baltimore, Maryland.[3] He grew up in a working-class neighborhood, raised by a single mother.[4] In his memoir, Pitts discussed that he had a debilitating stutter as a child and was "functionally illiterate" until about age 12. He attended Archbishop Curley High School, an all-boys Catholic high school in Baltimore. He went on to Ohio Wesleyan University, but spent summers in Apex, North Carolina.[5] He graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Journalism and Speech Communication.


Pitts has always wanted to be a journalist. It was his goal, since he was 18 years old, to be a correspondent on the CBS show 60 Minutes.[5] He interned at WTVD in Durham, North Carolina. After graduation, he bounced around to various television stations on the East Coast. During 1983-84, he reported and served as weekend sports anchor at WNCT-TV in Greenville, N.C. He was a military reporter for WAVY-TV in Portsmouth, Virginia (1984–86) and a reporter for WESH-TV Orlando (1986–88). He moved across the Florida peninsula to Tampa to be a reporter and substitute anchor for WFLA-TV (1988–89). After a brief stint there, he moved to Boston as a special assignment reporter for WCVB-TV (1989–94). His last local job was as a general assignment reporter for WSB-TV in Atlanta, Georgia(1994–96).

Pitts then moved to Washington, D.C. as a correspondent for CBS Newspath, the 24-hour affiliate news service of CBS News (1997–98). He was named a CBS News correspondent in May 1998, and was based in the Miami (1998–99) and Atlanta (1999–2001) bureaus and eventually New York City in January 2001.

Pitts was one of CBS News' lead reporters during the September 11 attacks and won a national Emmy Award for his coverage. As an embedded reporter covering the Iraq War, he was recognized for his work under fire within minutes of the fall of the Saddam Hussein statue. Other major stories covered by Pitts include Hurricane Katrina, the war in Afghanistan, the military buildup in Kuwait, the Florida fires, the Elian Gonzalez story, the Florida Presidential recount, the mudslides in Central America and the refugee crisis in Kosovo.

Pitts other awards include a national Emmy Award for his coverage of the Chicago train wreck in 1999 and a National Association of Black Journalists Award (2002). He is also the recipient of four Associated Press Awards and six regional Emmy Awards.

He released his memoir, Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges, September 29, 2009.[citation needed]

Pitts departed CBS News in March 2013 and currently works at ABC News.[citation needed]


  1. ^ Guthrie, Marisa. "Correspondent Byron Pitts Departing CBS News for ABC News". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 31 March 2013.
  2. ^ "Byron Pitts Found Faith To 'Step Out On Nothing'". NPR. November 16, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2010.
  3. ^ "Byron Pitts". CBS News. 2002-10-09. Archived from the original on September 14, 2006. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  4. ^ "Byron Pitts". Greater Talent Network Speakers Bureau. Retrieved 2011-06-02.
  5. ^ a b Menconi, David "How Byron Pitts came out on top". News Observer. December 17, 2009. Retrieved May 24, 2010.