CBS News correspondent David Begnaud, who gained critical acclaim last year for his coverage of Hurricane Maria from Puerto Rico, is relocating to CBS News HQ in New York as part of “a new deal, a new assignment.”
The CBS Newser confirmed the news via Twitter. Begnaud’s move was first reported by Variety.
News is out. I’m ready. & excited. https://t.co/GWXMt7D5zF
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) November 28, 2018
Begnaud –who joined CBS News in August 2015 and was most recently based out of Dallas– spent 34 consecutive days on the road last year, covering Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida, and finally Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico, where he did arguably;y his best work.
Begnaud’s reporting from Puerto Rico fetched him a George Polk Award in 2017, and one of his interviews with the Governor of Puerto Rico was credited for bringing awareness about the lack of supplies being delivered to the residents.
On his experience reporting from Puerto Rico:
“I was getting on average about 500 messages from people everyday begging for help. I would pick up the phone, make a call and I would respond to them directly. Or I’d pick up the phone, do a video and tell them what was going on. I have two broadcasts to service a day [CBS This Morning and CBS Evening News] and CBSN, but there are times when I’m not on the air and for whatever reason, I picked up the phone and just kept going for 17 straight days,” Begnaud told us in an interview last October.
Begnaud’s move to New York will allow him to make more in-studio appearances across CBS News programming. As part of his new role, Begnaud will be reporting for 48 Hours.
CBS News’ vice president of news Kim Godwin announced that the move had been made official in a note to staff sent earlier today:
It is my pleasure to announce that our colleague David Begnaud is moving east from Dallas and will become a New York-based correspondent beginning Dec. 3.
While calling New York home, David will continue to cover the world with the same intensity and dedication he has delivered since joining the network in 2015.
As you know, David has been instrumental in our coverage of numerous natural disasters and breaking news events. His reporting in Puerto Rico before, during and after Hurricane Maria earned him and his team global recognition, including a Polk Award.
We look forward to welcoming him to New York next week. Please join me in congratulating David on his new assignment.