Gio Benitez

Gio Benitez

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Gio Benitez is an ABC News correspondent and host of Fusion's edition of "Nightline" based in New York. He reports for all ABC News programs and platforms including "Good... Read More »

Gio Benitez is an ABC News correspondent and host of Fusion's edition of "Nightline" based in New York. He reports for all ABC News programs and platforms including "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight with David Muir," "Nightline" and "20/20."

Benitez is an award-winning reporter and has covered a wide range of stories for the network, including the Orlando nightclub massacre, the Boston Marathon bombing, the search for escaped convicts from a New York maximum security prison, controversial religious freedom laws that were deemed discriminatory in Indiana and Arkansas, the Alabama child held hostage underground in an eight-day standoff, the American mother stuck in a Mexican jail, and nearly every major snow storm that swept the nation during the winters of 2013 and 2014.

Before joining ABC News in 2013, he was a reporter for WFOR, the CBS owned-and-operated TV station in Miami, where he covered the 2012 Presidential election and reported extensively on the Trayvon Martin case.

In January 2010, Benitez traveled to Haiti to cover relief efforts following the devastating earthquake. His return flight to Miami was turned into a rescue mission, as he traveled with injured Haitian evacuees to the island of Curaçao. In June 2009, he was the first reporter to ever shoot a TV story entirely with an iPhone.

Benitez is the recipient of two regional Emmy Awards and is an eight-time nominee. Most notably, he was nominated for his investigative series on alleged police brutality which resulted in two Miami officers being forced to turn in their guns and badges.

Before becoming a reporter, Benitez was an investigative producer at WFOR and worked on stories involving Medicare fraud, public safety and government corruption. He started at the station as an Emma L. Bowen Foundation work-study scholar. His first on-air job was actually on the radio, on the nationally-syndicated consumer electronics show, "Into Tomorrow with Dave Graveline."

Benitez was born and raised in Miami and fluent in both English and Spanish. He is a graduate of Florida International University's School of International and Public Affairs with a degree in sociology and anthropology.

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Teen Recounts Grisly Scene at Quebec City Mosque Shooting: 'I Was Scared Out of My Mind'
GIO BENITEZ and EMILY SHAPIRO
Jan 31, 2017 07:27 PM Story from International GIO BENITEZ and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News
Swimmer's Death in Florida Brings New Attention to Rip Current Dangers
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May 25, 2015 07:00 AM Story from US GIO BENITEZ, ABC News
Pedestrians Shot, 1 Killed in Texas Shooting Attacks
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Feb 26, 2015 05:26 PM Story from US GIO BENITEZ, ABC News
What to Know About Scams on Job Search Websites
GIO BENITEZ and SARAH MESSER
Apr 13, 2016 01:10 PM Story from US GIO BENITEZ and SARAH MESSER, ABC News
Teenager Spotted on Camera Running From Attempted Kidnapper
GIO BENITEZ and KELLY STEVENSON
Mar 07, 2016 10:38 AM Story from US GIO BENITEZ and KELLY STEVENSON, ABC News
New Car Service 'Chariot for Women' For Women Only
GIO BENITEZ and DOUG VOLLMAYER
Apr 11, 2016 08:01 AM Story from US GIO BENITEZ and DOUG VOLLMAYER, ABC News
CPSC Recalling More Than 500,000 Hoverboards Because of Fire Hazards
GIO BENITEZ and MARGARET CHADBOURN
Jul 06, 2016 02:24 PM Story from US GIO BENITEZ and MARGARET CHADBOURN, ABC News
'GMA' Investigates: Dollar General Stores Facing Multiple Lawsuits Over Allegedly 'Obsolete' Motor Oils
SARAH MESSER and GIO BENITEZ
Feb 12, 2016 08:02 AM Story from US SARAH MESSER and GIO BENITEZ, ABC News
Nobel Prize-Winner John Nash’s Death Raises Awareness About Buckling Up in Taxis
GIO BENITEZ and DOUG VOLLMAYER
May 29, 2015 01:03 PM Story from US GIO BENITEZ and DOUG VOLLMAYER, ABC News
'Lucky to Be Alive,' Says Woman Who Claimed to See Escaped Murderers After New York Prison Break
GIO BENITEZ and SHAHRIAR RAHMANZADEH
Jun 08, 2015 10:53 PM Story from US GIO BENITEZ and SHAHRIAR RAHMANZADEH, ABC News
Owen Labrie Found Not Guilty of Felony Sexual Assault in Prep School Trial
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Aug 28, 2015 03:03 PM Story from US EMILY SHAPIRO and GIO BENITEZ, ABC News
Curt Schilling, Ex-Red Sox Pitcher, Knocks Down Internet Trolls Who Bullied His Daughter
GIO BENITEZ and SUSANNA KIM
Mar 03, 2015 12:27 PM Story from Sports GIO BENITEZ and SUSANNA KIM, ABC News
School District Pays $70K to Settle Lawsuit Over Girl's Facebook Posts
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Mar 28, 2014 03:25 AM Story from US GIO BENITEZ, ABC News
Nestle Faces $5 Million Lawsuit Over Trans Fats in Frozen Pizzas
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Jan 30, 2013 10:29 AM Story from US GIO BENITEZ, ABC News
Boston on Alert After Murder, 2 Brutal Attacks Within 24-Hour Period
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Jul 26, 2013 03:35 AM Story from US GIO BENITEZ, ABC News
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