ABC News has hired Kendis Gibson as a correspondent. Gibson, who worked for CBS NewsPath before becoming weekend anchor and reporter at ABC affiliate WJLA in Washington, was announced Monday morning in an email to staff from ABC News president James Goldston. “A talented journalist with wide-ranging experience, Kendis is a very welcome addition to our ABC News family,” Goldston wrote.
Gibson will spend a few months in New York, before joining ABC’s Washington bureau.
Read Goldston’s full message, after the jump:
I’m thrilled to announce that Kendis Gibson has joined ABC News as a correspondent.
A talented journalist with wide-ranging experience, Kendis is a very welcome addition to our ABC News family. He comes to us from our powerhouse affiliate WJLA in Washington DC, where he was a weekend anchor and general assignment reporter. Since joining WJLA in 2011, he has covered some of the biggest stories to hit the nation’s capital, including anchoring hours of live coverage during Hurricane Sandy, the Capitol Hill police pursuit and shooting, and reporting on the Navy Yard massacre in 2013.
Prior to joining WJLA, Kendis worked as a correspondent with CBS Newspath, where he covered the shooting spree in Tucson and many other major news events. He also worked as an anchor at KSWB in San Diego, and has hosted shows for HGTV and covered red carpet events across the world as an entertainment reporter and anchor with CNN.
A native of Belize, where he grew up without a television, Kendis moved to the U.S. when he was 11-years-old. The youngest of seven boys, his family has also taught him a thing or two about how to work as a team.
Kendis will spend the next several months in New York before moving full time to the Washington bureau.
Please join me in welcoming Kendis to ABC News.