Miami native Gio Benitez, a CBS4 reporter who began at the station as a 17-year-old Coral Park High School intern, has been hired as a correspondent by ABC News.
"So grateful for this extraordinary opportunity at ABC News!" Benitez, 27, posted Friday afternoon on Facebook.
ABC News President Ben Sherwood sent the following note to the news division, according to ABC News:
I am delighted to announce that Gio Benitez will be joining ABC News as a correspondent reporting for all platforms.
An award-winning reporter, Gio comes to us from WFOR, the CBS owned station in his hometown of Miami where he has covered a wide-range of stories including relief efforts in Haiti after the devastating 2010 earthquake and the Trayvon Martin case. Most recently, he covered the 2012 presidential election across the battleground state of Florida.
In 2009, his innovative storytelling caught the eyes of many when he not only reported on the release of Apple’s iPhone but shot his entire story with the new device.
Versatile and hard-charging, Gio worked for years as an investigative producer before going on the air. With his many talents and dynamic storytelling ability, Gio will make a great addition to our team.
He will start with us in the New York bureau early next year.
Please join me in welcoming Gio to the ABC News family.