Jim Avila

Senior National Correspondent
Biography

Award-winning journalist Jim Avila is the Senior National Correspondent at ABC News and White House correspondent for Fusion, the ABC/Univision joint venture launching in... Read More »

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

In this role he covers Hispanic America, immigration reform, education, politics and other issues vitally important to the Latino community, the fastest-growing segment of our population. 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 Jim'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 has broken big story after big story since joining ABC News in 2004. As Senior Law and Justice Correspondent he brought his incredible 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, Colorado, Jonesboro, Arkansas and Paducah, Kentucky.

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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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
Border Patrol Struggles to Shelter Immigrants as California Town Fights Back
Jim Avila
Jul 02, 2014 07:11 PM Blog Entry from News Jim Avila, ABC News
U.S. Border Protection Head: Central American Immigrants Not Dangerous
, these are not dangerous individuals," Kerlikowske told ABC News' Jim Avila in an exclusive interview
Jul 06, 2014 12:55 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Pre-Teens Account for Sharpest Spike in Unaccompanied Child Migrants
Jim Avila
Jul 22, 2014 02:18 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Will National Guard Help Stop Immigrant Influx in Texas?
Jim Avila
Jul 21, 2014 07:30 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Exclusive: Feds Struggling to Cope With Medical 'Breakdown' at the Border
Jim Avila
Jul 17, 2014 07:13 AM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Democrats Give Up on Immigration Reform This Congress
Jim Avila
Jun 26, 2014 06:45 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Analysis: What's the Real Reason Behind Central American Immigrant Wave? U.S. Law
Jim Avila
Jun 29, 2014 04:22 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Dan Marino Reverses, Punts on NFL Concussion Suit
Jim Avila
Jun 03, 2014 07:35 PM Blog Entry from News Jim Avila, ABC News
Questions Raised Over Differences Between Brand Name Rx Drugs vs. Generics
JIM AVILA, SERENA MARSHALL, NICK CAPOTE and SARAH KOLINOVSKY
Sep 24, 2014 06:28 PM Story from Health JIM AVILA, SERENA MARSHALL, NICK CAPOTE and SARAH KOLINOVSKY, ABC News
Riddell Unveils Overhauled New Football Helmet SpeedFlex
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Aug 27, 2014 08:09 AM Story from US JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
Ferguson Cop Had 'Serious Facial Injury,' Source Tells ABC News
STEVEN PORTNOY and JIM AVILA
Aug 20, 2014 06:17 PM Story from US STEVEN PORTNOY and JIM AVILA, ABC News
Inside Texas' New Family-Friendly Detention Center for the Undocumented
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Jul 31, 2014 04:46 PM Story from Politics JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
2 Boys Hospitalized After Bounce House Flies 50 Feet Into the Air
Jim Avila
May 13, 2014 06:36 PM Blog Entry from News Jim Avila, ABC News
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