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Byron Pitts is a multiple Emmy award-winning journalist and is a co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline. In 2013, Pitts became an anchor and chief national correspondent for CBS’ Evening News with Katie Couric. He was also CBS’ lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the September 11th attacks and won an Emmy for his coverage. He tells his incredible story of overcoming illiteracy and a speech impediment in his memoir Step Out of Nothing: How Family and Faith Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.

Pitts has covered major stories including the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait, and the refugee crisis in Kosovo, to name a few. Several of his prestigious awards include: a national Emmy Award for his coverage of the Chicago train wreck of 1999, a National Association of Black Journalists Award, and a second national Emmy Award for individual reporting of the September 11th terror attacks. He is also the recipient of four Associated Press Awards and six regional Emmy Awards.

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