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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Olympian Carl Lewis Says Chris Christie Tried to 'Intimidate' Him Out of State Senate Race
Reuters Photos Reported by ABC News' Jim Avila and Shushannah Walshe: Just as snow and scandal were threatening to overshadow Chris Christie's
Jan 21, 2014 10:26 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Traffic Cameras Rife With Bogus Violations, Audit Shows
Jim Avila
Jan 30, 2014 05:04 PM Blog Entry from Technology Jim Avila, ABC News
Super Bowl Is Largest Weekend in US Prostitution, Advocates Say
Jim Avila
Jan 29, 2014 06:05 PM Blog Entry from News Jim Avila, ABC News
Sports Leagues, Athletes Talk Concussions with DC Lawmakers
Jim Avila
Mar 13, 2014 04:46 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Climate Change Is Here Now, Says UN Report
Jim Avila
Mar 31, 2014 08:06 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Soda Losing Its Grip on America
JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL
Apr 02, 2014 07:52 PM Story from Business JIM AVILA and SERENA MARSHALL, ABC News
A Most Dangerous Journey: Tracing the Human Cost of Immigration From Altar to Arizona
border crossers, migrants, illegal immigration, immigrants, mexico, us-mexico border, jim avila, nightline,
Jan 02, 2014 07:27 PM Story from US JIM AVILA and ELY BROWN, ABC News
Chris Christie Appointee David Samson Resigns From Bridge Agency
JOSH MARGOLIN and JIM AVILA
Mar 28, 2014 02:46 PM Story from Politics JOSH MARGOLIN and JIM AVILA, ABC News
Transportation Secretary Says Dreamliner Plane Safe Despite Mishaps, Planned Review
JIM AVILA
Jan 11, 2013 07:35 AM Story from Travel JIM AVILA, ABC News
Airline Passengers Capture Video of Engine Fire
Jim Avila
Jan 28, 2013 08:46 AM Blog Entry from News Jim Avila, ABC News
'Gang of Eight' Senate Immigration Bill Expected Tuesday
By JIM AVILA and JORDAN FABIAN A bipartisan group of senators plans to introduce its long-awaited immigration bill on Tuesday, Senate sources confirmed to ABC News. Four Democrats and four
Apr 12, 2013 12:05 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
FAA Probes Pilot in Risky Plane Stunt Video
Jim Avila
Jan 24, 2013 07:56 AM Blog Entry from Travel Jim Avila, ABC News
There Is Outrage - but Tea Party Hispanics Silent Over Racial Slur
Analysis by Jim Avila, ABC News Senior National Correspondent: Pressure is intense, the outrage factor high after Rep. Don Young's racial slur overnight on public radio in his home state
Mar 29, 2013 04:22 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Most Americans Don't Know Much About Immigration Bill
Jim Avila
May 01, 2013 02:47 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
Mexican Roots for Majority of Latino Americans
Jim Avila
Jun 19, 2013 06:20 PM Blog Entry from Politics Jim Avila, ABC News
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