Byron Pitts was named ABC News "Nightline" co-anchor in 2014. Mr. Pitts joined ABC News in April 2013 as anchor and Chief National Correspondent covering national news stories and in-depth features for the network, reporting for all broadcasts and platforms including "Good Morning America," "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Nightline," "This Week" and "20/20." Pitts also reports for all ABC News digital properties including ABCNews.com. Named NABJ Journalist of the Year in 2002, Mr. Pitts is a multiple Emmy award-winning journalist known for his thoughtful storytelling, on-the-ground reporting and in-depth interviews. A news veteran with over 30 years of experience, Mr. Pitts has traveled around the world to cover some of the biggest news stories of our time from the Florida presidential recount to the tsunami in Indonesia and the refugee crisis in Kosovo. In less than 24 hours after joining ABC News, Mr. Pitts participated in live special coverage of the Boston marathon bombing investigation, including the day-long manhunt for the Tsarnaev brothers that virtually shut down the city. Mr. Pitts dreamed of becoming a journalist at a young age, but he faced two serious obstacles to his dream. He was illiterate until the age of 12 and struggled to overcome a stutter. Mr. Pitts chronicled his journey in a 2009 memoir titled, Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges. He began his career at WNCT-TV in Greenville, N.C., where he covered local news and served as weekend sports anchor. He graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1982, where he studied journalism and speech communication.
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