Monday, September 12, 2016
7:30 p.m., Academic Hall Auditorium
Known for his thought-provoking coverage and exceptional storytelling, Byron Pitts is a multiple Emmy-winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC's "Nightline." In 2013, Pitts became an anchor and the chief national correspondent at ABC. Prior to working for ABC, Pitts was the chief national correspondent for CBS' "Evening News With Katie Couric." He was CBS' lead correspondent at Ground Zero following the September 11 attacks and won an Emmy for his coverage.
Pitts tells his incredible story in his memoir, “Step Out on Nothing: How Family and Faith Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.” Pitts shares how his faith saw him through his many struggles and how a few key people “stepped out on nothing” to help him change his life. Couric praised Pitts’ work, saying, “No wonder he is such an inspired storyteller—his own story is inspiring.”
Through sharing anecdotes of his own personal challenges while growing up— including his struggles with illiteracy and a profound speech impediment—Pitts encourages audiences to strive past struggles to achieve success. He challenges us to “step out on nothing” to help others reach their goals.
Pitts’ grit and determination shone throughout his career, garnering him prestigious awards, including national Emmys, a National Association of Black Journalists Award, four Associated Press Awards, and six regional Emmy Awards.
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