Tom Llamas

Tom Llamas
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Tom Llamas is an Emmy award-winning journalist, anchor of ABC News' "World News Tonight" weekend editions and breaking news and live events for ABC News Live, and chief... Read More »
Tom Llamas is an Emmy award-winning journalist, anchor of ABC News' "World News Tonight" weekend editions and breaking news and live events for ABC News Live, and chief national affairs correspondent, reporting for all ABC News programs and platforms. Llamas has covered the most important stories in recent history. Most recently, he worked on investigative reports on the 2020 presidential race and the impeachment investigation, including reports from Kiev, Ukraine. He also covered the struggle for power in Venezuela and his reporting on the immigration crisis from the U.S. border with Mexico contributed to ABC News’ 2019 Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. He anchored the network’s special reports on the death of U.S. war hero Senator John McCain, the rescue mission of the 12 Thai boys trapped in a cave and the sentencing of Bill Cosby. He traveled to Parkland, Florida, to cover the mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and later to Texas for the attack inside Santa Fe High School. Llamas was part of the “20/20” team that tracked the rise of the Alt Right and their battles with Antifa demonstrators for six months culminating in the attack in Charlottesville. He has reported on some of the most recent natural disasters. He led the network’s coverage on the devastation after Hurricane Harvey, reported live as Hurricane Irma slammed into the west coast of Florida, covered the deadly landslides in Mocoa, Colombia, and reported on Hurricane Florence from South Carolina. He has also interviewed key figures like President Donald Trump during his campaign for the White House and an exclusive wide-ranging interview with first lady Melania Trump on her first solo foreign trip as first lady. In 2019, Llamas interviewed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky; Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro; and most recently David Langford, the American father whose family was ambushed and killed in Mexico late last year. During the 2017 Alabama Senate race, he sat down with Beverly Young Nelson, one of Roy Moore’s accusers. During the 2016 presidential race, Llamas covered the vast field of GOP candidates and Donald Trump’s successful presidential campaign for two years. His tough questions and memorable exchanges with President Donald Trump led to some of the defining moments in the election. While at ABC, he also covered the Boston Marathon bombing trial gavel to gavel for the network and was one of ABC’s lead reporters covering the Ebola crisis. Prior to joining ABC News in 2014, Llamas was an investigative reporter and anchor of the 5 p.m. newscast at WNBC-NBC4 in New York. He also served as a contributing correspondent at NBC News. While based in New York for five years, Llamas covered a wide range of major news stories including Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon bombings, “Miracle on the Hudson,” the Times Square bomb scare and the earthquake in Haiti. Llamas has been recognized with several awards and honors throughout his career. In 2015, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists awarded Llamas with the Presidential Award of Impact. He also garnered Emmy awards for Best Anchor and Best Hard News Story in 2013. In 2012, he won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for feature and hard news reporting, and was also part of the WNBC team that won the Murrow for breaking news coverage of Hurricane Sandy in 2014. Llamas was honored with the prestigious El Award by El Diario, in 2012, the country’s oldest and largest Spanish-language newspaper. Before joining NBC4 New York in 2009, Llamas was based in Miami as a reporter for WTVJ/NBC6. From Blacksburg to reporting on the Virginia Tech massacre and Washington to cover Pope Benedict XVI’s 2008 trip, Llamas traveled all over the country and the Caribbean to deliver breaking news and investigative reports for the weekday newscasts. During his four years at the station, he covered eight hurricanes, most notably traveling to Biloxi when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. In 2008, Llamas became the first TV journalist embedded with the Coast Guard during a human smuggling interdiction at sea. The Emmy Award-winning story documented how Cuban refugees are smuggled into the U.S. via go-fast boats and the Coast Guard’s mission to intercept these vessels. Prior to joining WTVJ in 2005, Llamas worked for MSNBC as a political campaign reporter. Over the course of two years, Llamas traveled to over 40 states covering the presidential campaigns of Sen. John Kerry and the Rev. Al Sharpton, and the vice presidential campaign of Sen. John Edwards. He shot, wrote, edited and reported live daily on the Democratic candidates for MSNBC, and contributed print reports and a daily blog for msnbc.com. Llamas began his career in broadcasting in New York with the NBC News Specials Unit during the 2000 presidential election and then moved to MSNBC. In his first two years at MSNBC, he worked on coverage of the September 11th attacks and the war with Afghanistan. Llamas was born and raised in Miami after his parents fled from Cuba during the 1960s. He graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both broadcast journalism and drama and speech. Llamas also completed a program at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban American Studies, which focused on Raul Castro and Cuban American voters. He currently resides in Manhattan with his wife, two daughters and son.« Read Less
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Booklet of Mike Bloomberg’s 'Wit and Wisdom' could haunt him during presidential bid: Critics
By Sasha Pezenik, Tonya Simpson, Tom Llamas, Lucien Bruggeman and Matthew Mosk
December 16, 2019 Story from Politics Sasha Pezenik, Tonya Simpson, Tom Llamas, Lucien Bruggeman, Matthew Mosk , ABC News
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's defiant interview with Tom Llamas: TRANSCRIPT
By Tom Llamas, Ignacio Torres, Kirit Radia, Aicha El Hammar Castano and Joshua Hoyos
February 28, 2019 Story from International Tom Llamas, Ignacio Torres, Kirit Radia, Aicha El Hammar Castano, Joshua Hoyos , ABC News
World War II submarine found off coast of Japan, ending 75-year mystery
By Karma Allen, Tom Llamas and Ed Wiese
November 11, 2019 Story from US Karma Allen, Tom Llamas, Ed Wiese , ABC News
Teen survivor recalls horrifying details of ambush in Mexico that killed 9
By Karma Allen, Tom Llamas and Sabina Ghebremedhin
November 11, 2019 Story from International Karma Allen, Tom Llamas, Sabina Ghebremedhin , ABC News
Bloomberg's sexist remarks fostered company culture that degraded women, lawsuits allege
By Tom Llamas, Lucien Bruggeman, Sasha Pezenik, Tonya Simpson and Matthew Mosk
December 16, 2019 Story from Politics Tom Llamas, Lucien Bruggeman, Sasha Pezenik, Tonya Simpson, Matthew Mosk , ABC News
Fox News reporter had details of alleged Donald Trump-Stormy Daniels affair before election: Lawyer
By Tom Llamas, Kaitlyn Folmer and Pete Madden
March 11, 2019 Story from Politics Tom Llamas, Kaitlyn Folmer, Pete Madden , ABC News
Acosta defends his role in Epstein plea deal, offers no apology to alleged victims
By Tom Llamas, Kaitlyn Folmer and Allison Pecorin
July 10, 2019 Story from Politics Tom Llamas, Kaitlyn Folmer, Allison Pecorin , ABC News
Financier Jeffrey Epstein indicted for allegedly abusing 'dozens' of girls, recruiting 'vast network' of victims
By James Hill, Pete Madden, Aaron Katersky and Tom Llamas
July 8, 2019 Story from US James Hill, Pete Madden, Aaron Katersky, Tom Llamas , ABC News
American father speaks out for the 1st time since deadly Mexican ambush
By Tom Llamas, Sabina Ghebremedhin and Karma Allen
November 10, 2019 Story from International Tom Llamas, Sabina Ghebremedhin, Karma Allen , ABC News
In embattled Venezuela, residents line up for hours just to get clean water: 'Look at how we are living'
By Esther Castillejo, Tom Llamas, Ignacio Torres and Enjoli Francis
March 14, 2019 Story from International Esther Castillejo, Tom Llamas, Ignacio Torres, Enjoli Francis , ABC News
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