Carl Quintanilla Joins HBO’s ‘Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel’

By Merrill Knox 

carl quintanillaCNBC anchor Carl Quintanilla is joining HBO’s “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel” as a correspondent. He will continue to anchor his CNBC shows, including “Squawk on the Street” and newly-launched “Squawk Alley.”

“I’m thrilled to be joining REAL SPORTS,” Quintanilla said in a statement. “The quality of their reporting is as good as there has ever been on television, led by correspondents I’ve admired my entire career. I couldn’t ask for a better team on which to play a part.”

Quintanilla joins a stable of “Real Sports” correspondents including Soledad O’Brien, Mary Carillo and Bernard Goldberg. The announcement from HBO is after the jump.


NEW YORK, June 9, 2014 – REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL will add a new face to its all-star lineup this month when accomplished journalist Carl Quintanilla of CNBC joins the award-winning HBO Sports magazine program as a correspondent, it was announced today by Joe Perskie, vice president, HBO Sports, and senior producer of the program.

“Carl is a great addition to the REAL SPORTS franchise,” said Perskie. “He is a well-respected journalist who we are counting on to provide in-depth reporting on important and timely stories that impact the sports world. He brings a wealth of experience to our franchise.”

“Carl’s experience and on-air skills figure to boost our lineup tremendously,” observes host Bryant Gumbel. “Since the focus at REAL SPORTS is primarily on financial and social issues in the world of sports, Carl’s background makes him a great fit for what we like to do.”

Quintanilla will continue his anchoring and reporting assignments for CNBC. He anchors CNBC’s morning programs “Squawk on the Street” (Monday-Friday, 9:00-11:00 a.m. ET) and the recently announced “Squawk Alley” (Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m.-noon ET), both broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Quintanilla also serves as a fill-in anchor for “NBC Nightly News.” He has reported various one-hour documentaries for CNBC including, “#TwitterRevolution,” “The Costco Craze: Inside the Warehouse Giant,” “The Oprah Effect” and “Big Mac: Inside the McDonald’s Empire.” He is also the correspondent for the CNBC series “Crime Inc.”

The award-winning journalist joined CNBC in 1999. He was previously co-anchor of “Squawk Box,” CNBC’s signature morning program. Quintanilla has covered a wide range of stories for CNBC and NBC News, including the Beijing and London Olympic Games and the 2004 U.S. presidential campaign. In 2005, he spent weeks in New Orleans as part of NBC’s team coverage of Hurricane Katrina, for which he shared a national Emmy® and broadcast’s highest honor, the George F. Peabody Award. Prior to joining CNBC, Quintanilla was an NBC News correspondent based in New York and Chicago, appearing regularly on NBC’s “TODAY” and “NBC Nightly News.” For six years prior to joining NBC, Quintanilla served as a staff reporter for the Wall Street Journal in Chicago.

“I’m thrilled to be joining REAL SPORTS,” sys Quintanilla. “The quality of their reporting is as good as there has ever been on television, led by correspondents I’ve admired my entire career. I couldn’t ask for a better team on which to play a part.”

REAL SPORTS WITH BRYANT GUMBEL debuted April 2, 1995 and has gone on to win the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports Journalism 15 times, receiving 26 Sports Emmy® Awards overall. In May 2014 the program was awarded the Sports Emmy® for Outstanding Sports News/Anthology. The show’s 207th edition debuts Tuesday, June 24 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT).

            REAL SPORTS was the sole sports program recognized by the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication with a 2012 George F. Peabody Award for broadcast excellence. In addition, it is the only sports program ever honored with two duPont Awards, first in 2005 and again in 2012.

Previous REAL SPORTS investigations have included: fraud in the autographed memorabilia business; sports handicappers; International Olympic Committee corruption; gambling on college campuses; Andro use among high school athletes; counterfeit golf clubs; offshore and internet gambling; ticket brokers; stadium financing; the surge in racism at European soccer events; country club discrimination; kidnapping and forced labor of youngsters working as camel jockeys in the United Arab Emirates; steroid use in pro sports; long-term effects of concussions in pro sports; revenue streams for major college bowl games; escalation of hazing incidents among historically black university marching bands; the role of Ultra soccer fans in Egypt’s turbulent revolution; widespread use of the painkiller Toradol in NFL locker rooms; questionable academic performance by student-athletes at major NCAA schools; disturbing elite dog breeding practices; and parental rage at youth sporting events.