Jim Avila

Senior National Correspondent
Biography

Multiple Emmy and Murrow Award-winning journalist Jim Avila is the Senior National Correspondent at ABC News and White House Correspondent for ABC news and Fusion, the... Read More »

Multiple Emmy and Murrow Award-winning journalist Jim Avila is the Senior National Correspondent at ABC News and White House Correspondent for ABC news and Fusion, the ABC/Univision joint venture launching in 2013. He is based in Washington DC.

In this role Avila covers Hispanic America, immigration reform, education, politics and other issues vitally important to the Latino community, the fastest-growing segment of our population. Avila led ABC???s coverage of Bridgegate and Governor Chris Christie and Rick Perry???s indictment on abuse of power charges. He also continues to contribute to ???20/20??? and other ABC broadcasts and platforms, specializing in law and justice and consumer investigations.

Throughout 2011 and 2012 Avila???s reporting on food, drug, consumer, transportation, environmental and other regulatory issues made a tangible difference in the lives of viewers.

A versatile reporter, Avila specializes in breaking news, reporting for World News and 20/20 on both the Newtown shooting tragedy and the Boston Marathon bombing. As Senior Law and Justice Correspondent he brought his powerful storytelling to the biggest stories around the country, from Jerry Sandusky and Penn State to Michael Jackson and OJ Simpson.

He has led several newsmagazine investigations on wrongful conviction, including a girl who recanted a story that she was raped by her two cousins after her mother admitted to concocting the account. Other recent reports include an in-depth investigation into unequal justice in the court system in Texas, tracing two men from different sides of the tracks who received two very different sentences from the same Texas judge. Avila also led ABC News coverage of the battle over child custody between the State of Texas and the Fundamentalist Mormon Sect accused of abusing children. Additionally, he has contributed to network-wide special reports on bird flu, healthcare in America and Hurricane Katrina.

Avila joined ABC from NBC News, where he had served as National Correspondent for ???Nightly News??? since January 2000, covering a range of domestic issues that included the September 11 attacks and their aftermath and the DC sniper shootings. He also reported from Afghanistan and Iraq, during which time he filed from inside NBC???s Baghdad hotel compound during and after its bombing by terrorists. Since 1997 Avila averaged 130 reports a year on ???Nightly News,??? which was the highest number for any minority in broadcast history, according to Joe Foote at Arizona State???s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism. Before being named National Correspondent at NBC, Avila was a Chicago bureau correspondent, where he covered high-profile events including the shooting tragedies in Littleton, CO, Jonesboro, AR and Paducah, KY.

Prior to NBC, Avila was anchor and the investigative reporter for KNBC in Los Angeles, from 1994 to 1996. There he was the principal reporter on the O.J. Simpson criminal trial, helping the station earn the 1995 Golden Mike Award and a 1996 Emmy Award.

Before joining at KNBC, Avila was political reporter and anchor at WBBM-TV, the CBS owned station in Chicago, covering a variety of news stories of local, national and international importance, including the Persian Gulf War from both Saudi Arabia and Tel Aviv. Among his notable stories for WBBM-TV were the Beirut War, the TWA hijacking, the Nicaraguan civil war and the Mexican earthquake. From 1980 to 1984 he was a general assignment reporter for WLS, the ABC owned station in Chicago. Prior to that, he was a weekend anchor and the San Jose bureau chief for KPIX in San Francisco from 1976 to 1980. He began his broadcast career at KCBS Radio in San Francisco in 1973 as managing editor, and was later promoted to bureau chief.

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President Obama to Announce Major Immigration Executive Action Thursday
JIM AVILA
Nov 19, 2014 01:58 PM Story from Politics JIM AVILA, ABC News
Everything You Need to Know About Obama's Immigration Announcement
JIM AVILA
Nov 20, 2014 12:26 PM Story from Politics JIM AVILA, ABC News
White House: Unaccompanied Minor Crisis All But Over
Jim Avila
Sep 16, 2014 02:49 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Phoenix Wait-Lists 'Contributed' to VA Deaths
Jim Avila
Sep 17, 2014 06:16 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
One Republican Leader Who?????????s Offering Hope for an Immigration Bill
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Dec 04, 2014 05:50 PM Story from Politics JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
US and Cuba Working On Solution to Free American Alan Gross From Cuban Jail
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Dec 03, 2014 12:04 AM Story from Politics JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
U.S. ?????????In Conversations????????? About Releasing American From Cuban Prison, Obama Says
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Dec 10, 2014 10:56 AM Story from Politics JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
Alan Gross: Cuba Releases American After Five Years in Prison
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Dec 17, 2014 12:10 PM Story from Politics JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
Meet Some of the Most Under-Appreciated Doctors in the Fight Against Ebola
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Dec 12, 2014 12:31 PM Story from Politics JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
Parents Play Matchmaker in Beijing Single Market
MARY BRUCE and JIM AVILA
Nov 10, 2014 07:33 AM Story from International MARY BRUCE and JIM AVILA, ABC News
US Cities (and Taxpayers) Paying Millions in Police Misconduct Settlements
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Nov 17, 2014 01:07 PM Story from US JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
3 Reasons There's No Quick Fix for Department of Veterans Affairs
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Nov 06, 2014 05:00 PM Story from Politics JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
President Obama Meets With Myanmar Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi
MARY BRUCE and JIM AVILA
Nov 14, 2014 01:41 AM Story from International MARY BRUCE and JIM AVILA, ABC News
Monster Energy College Ambassador Program Under Scrutiny
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Oct 21, 2014 12:57 PM Story from Business JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
HUD Secretary Juli??????n Castro Doesn't See President in the Mirror
This Week, George Stephanopoulos, Martha Raddatz, Jim Avila, Julian Castro, HUD, Latino, Texas, politics, Donna Brazile
Oct 12, 2014 03:13 PM Story from Politics JIM AVILA and MIKAYLA BOUCHARD, ABC News
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