Pierre Thomas is the Chief Justice Correspondent for ABC News, reporting for “World News Tonight with David Muir” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” and other ABC News programs.
Thomas was a key member of ABC’s team of correspondents covering the terrorist attacks of September 11 and he continues to report on all aspects of the aftermath of those attacks. The network’s coverage of the 9-11 tragedy was widely recognized for its excellence, winning the prestigious Peabody and Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards and an Emmy Award. Thomas also participated in a “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” broadcast which won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast in 2005.
He was a key part of the ABC News team honored with three additional Murrow Awards in 2012 for the network’s coverage of the tragic Tucson shooting and the killing of Osama Bin Laden, in 2014 for ABC’s coverage that included the Boston marathon terrorist attacks, and he was a main contributor when ABC News received 2016 Murrow awards for Overall Excellence and Breaking News. Thomas was named the recipient of the RTDNA 2015 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service Award, which is named after the organization's founder and first president and honors contributions to journalism and freedom of the press, and acted as host of the RTDNA’s First Amendment Awards in 2016 and 2019.
Thomas received an Emmy Award as part of team coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama and an 2017 Emmy as part of team coverage of the Pulse Nightclub terror attack in Orlando, Fla. In 2011, the Houston Association of Black Journalists honored him with its Pinnacle Award. In 2012 Thomas was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists.
A former CNN correspondent and Washington Post reporter, Thomas was a finalist for the Livingston Young Journalist Award and was part of a Washington Post team whose work was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for reporting on illegal gun use in the Washington, DC region. Thomas started his career at The Roanoke Times and World-News. He is a graduate of Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. Thomas is currently a member of the Gridiron Iron Club and Foundation and is a former chairman of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press.