Former ABC Correspondent Jim Avila Joins San Diego Local Station

By Kevin Eck 

Former ABC News correspondent Jim Avila has joined San Diego ABC affiliate KGTV as senior investigative reporter.

Avila left ABC in 2021 and has been a media columnist for Barrett News Media since May. He had been a senior national correspondent, and correspondent on 20/20, with a focus on law and justice, and consumer investigations.

“Retirement is boring,” Avila said on Barrett News Media. “A great station doing serious work in a perfect place to play. Checks every box.”


Avila was a White House correspondent at ABC News from 2012 to 2016. Before ABC News, Avila was a national correspondent at NBC Nightly News.

He’s also worked at KNBC Los Angeles, WBBM and WLS in Chicago and KPIX San Francisco. He started his career at KCBS radio in San Francisco in 1973.