Tom Llamas


Tom Llamas is an Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor of ABC News “World News Tonight" Sunday, joining the network in September 2014 as an anchor and correspondent... Read More »

Tom Llamas is an Emmy award-winning journalist and anchor of ABC News “World News Tonight" Sunday, joining the network in September 2014 as an anchor and correspondent reporting for all ABC News programs and platforms.

Llamas is currently leading ABC’s coverage of the Republican candidates running for President in 2016. 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.

In 2015 the National Association of Hispanic Journalists awarded Llamas with the Presidential Award of Impact.

Prior to ABC News, 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, including 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 report on the Virginia Tech massacre to 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 4 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 and only TV journalist ever 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

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 Sept. 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 and two daughters.

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Border Patrol defends handling, medical care of 7-year-old girl who died in custody
Cheyenne Haslett and Tom Llamas
Dec 14, 2018 05:54 PM Story from Politics Cheyenne Haslett and Tom Llamas, ABC News
Porn star says Stormy Daniels telling the truth about alleged Trump threat
Tom Llamas
Apr 23, 2018 06:25 AM Story from Politics Tom Llamas, ABC News
A look inside the Walmart turned immigration detention center for children
Tom Llamas
Jun 14, 2018 12:21 AM Story from Politics Tom Llamas, ABC News
While many flee Hurricane Florence, others think about staying: 'It's not a thrill ride you want to be on,' official says
Tom Llamas
Sep 12, 2018 05:01 PM Story from US Tom Llamas, ABC News
Federal judge rules lawsuit challenging migrant-family separation can proceed, says policy 'shocks the conscience'
right to family integrity." In an ABC News exclusive, Tom Llamas spoke last week to a plaintiff
Jun 07, 2018 02:01 AM Story from US Lauren Pearle and Tom Llamas, ABC News
'A better system would allow us to keep families together': Border Patrol chief
Mike Levine and Tom Llamas
Jun 25, 2018 07:43 PM Story from Politics Mike Levine and Tom Llamas, ABC News
Border chief confident immigrant families can be reunited
Mike Levine and Tom Llamas
Jun 28, 2018 02:21 AM Story from Politics Mike Levine and Tom Llamas, ABC News
Tracing where President Trump gets some of his news
Mar 07, 2017 02:35 PM Story from Politics MEGHAN KENEALLY and TOM LLAMAS, ABC News
‘Nothing is getting him out’: Roy Moore vows to complete Senate run amid sexual assault allegation
Tom Llamas and J.J. Gallagher
Nov 13, 2017 12:59 AM Story from Politics Tom Llamas and J.J. Gallagher, ABC News
Roy Moore campaign releases Trump robocall
Dec 10, 2017 12:24 PM Story from Politics TOM LLAMAS and ALEXANDER MALLIN, ABC News
Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Jesus' TV Movie Casts Lebanese-American as Christ
Oct 07, 2014 10:48 AM Story from Entertainment TOM LLAMAS, ABC News
'Bogus' Herbal Supplements Fail Ingredient Test: Investigation
Feb 03, 2015 02:29 PM Story from Health TOM LLAMAS, ABC News
Former Wrestlers File Concussion Lawsuit Against WWE
Jan 21, 2015 09:51 AM Story from Sports TOM LLAMAS, ABC News
Search Begins for California Lottery Winner Who Was Given $75 Instead of $75K
May 04, 2015 10:28 AM Story from News TOM LLAMAS, ABC News
Ted Cruz’s Father, Rafael, Calls Donald Trump’s Lee Harvey Oswald Allegations 'Ludicrous'
May 03, 2016 06:24 PM Story from Politics TOM LLAMAS, ABC News
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