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Jim  Avila

Jim Avila

Senior National Correspondent, ABC News & White House Correspondent, Fusion

Biography

Award-winning journalist Jim Avila is the Senior National Correspondent at ABC News and White House correspondent for Fusion, the ABC/Univision joint venture that launched in 2013. In this role, he covers Hispanic America, immigration reform, education, politics and other issues vitally important to the Latino community, the fastest-growing segment of our population. He also continues to contribute to 20/20, other ABC broadcasts and platforms specializing in law and justice and consumer investigations. Read More >

Throughout 2011 and 2012, Avila’s reporting on food, drug, consumer, transportation, environmental and other regulatory issues made a tangible difference in the lives of viewers. A versatile reporter, he has broken big stories since joining ABC News in 2004. As the Senior Law and Justice Correspondent, Avila brought his incredible storytelling to the headline making news around the country from Jerry Sandusky and Penn State to Michael Jackson and OJ Simpson.   

The recipient of numerous awards and honors, Avila earned a National Emmy Award for his coverage of the destruction of Grand Forks North Dakota by flood and fire, and another Emmy for covering the fate of undocumented workers during the southern California wildfires in 2008. He has received five Edward R. Murrow Awards for his coverage of September 11, the DC Sniper attacks and the War in Iraq and in 1999 the National Association of Hispanic Journalists honored him with the TV News Feature Award.

Avila shares his insights with audiences on the role of the media in shaping public opinion and policies related to immigration as an important social and political topic, as well as the direct impact on immigrant communities. He also sheds light on the role diversity plays in the boardroom, how different perspectives invite quality solutions and the other benefits it offers. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Jim Avila on Having Hispanics in the Boardrooms

Accepting Journalist of the Year: National Association of Broadcast Journalists

Speech Topics

Current Events that Affect Us All: A Look at National Issues

Immigration Reform: Beyond Boarder Security

Minority to Majority: Insights into the Growing Latino Population

The Importance of Diversity in the Boardroom

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