Journalist Byron Pitts Promoted to Co-Anchor on ABC’s Nightline

Byron PittsAmerican journalist Byron Pitts was promoted to co-anchor on ABC?s Nightline news show.

?I?m delighted to announce that Byron Pitts will join Nightline as co-anchor.? Byron is a truly passionate storyteller and deep thinker about the critical issues of our time, as his work from Soweto to Ferguson makes clear,? James Goldston, president of ABC News, said in a statement.

Prior to joining ABC, Pitts served as contributing correspondent on CBS?s ?60 Minutes.? He worked with the network for a total of 16 years.?

National Association of Black Journalists President Bob Butler also released a statement on Pitts? promotion: ?Byron Pitts is a talented reporter who has covered many of the big stories of the last 17 years. His reporting is honest, thoughtful, and compelling. I know Byron has always wanted an opportunity to anchor the network news so I am thrilled for him. He is engaging on-screen, diligent off-screen and his storytelling gives you characters, events, facts, and when needed, a level of emotion, which says here is why this story matters and why you should care.?

A lifetime member of NABJ, he is the author of ?Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life’s Challenges.? He is a graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University and has received several awards for his work including four Associated Press awards, an NABJ award, and six Emmys.??