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CBS News correspondent David Begnaud comes out publicly as a gay man and keeps up Puerto Rico coverage

This wonderful thing happened last week and somehow I am just catching wind of it.

CBS News correspondent David Begnaud came out publicly via Facebook video joining other prominent out broadcast journalists as Ronan Farrow, Thomas Roberts, Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow, Don Lemon, Robin Roberts, Shepard Smith, Seth Doan, Sam Champion, and Pete Williams, among others – and hopefully more to come.

Begnaud has done heroic reporting on the devastating impact of Hurricane Maria on Puerto Ricans. The story is far from over and he remains on it.

Congrats to David for living his truth personally – and for doing his job professionally.

Background from his profile: He joined CBS News in August 2015 as a Miami-based correspondent and was relocated to the Network’s Dallas bureau in January 2017. His reporting has been featured across CBS News broadcasts and platforms including “CBS This Morning,” the “CBS Evening News,” “48 Hours,” CBS Sunday Morning” and CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service.

At CBS News, Begnaud has covered a wide range of breaking news stories including the deadliest shooting in U.S. history at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, and the devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador in April of 2016 leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured.

In the summer of 2017, Begnaud covered Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Hurricane Irma in Florida, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. He reported in Puerto Rico for over 30 days covering Hurricane Maria and its devastation. Begnaud traveled outside of San Juan to chronicle the suffering of the people in the mountains and rural areas of the island. While on the ground, he used many different platforms to broadcast breaking news from the island, becoming the only source of information for many Puerto Ricans stuck without power. 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. His reporting earned him the prestigious George Polk award for public service, which recognizes intrepid, bold, and influential work of the reporters themselves across all media.

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3 Remarks

  1. July 3rd, 2018 at 2:42 pm
    John Purves says:

    I have always liked David’s reporting, especially the Puerto Rico coverage. He seems to genuinely have feelings for people and events. It makes it all that much more real that he is now living his genuine life.

  2. July 3rd, 2018 at 2:44 pm
    John Purves says:

    On a less lofty note he has amazingly beautiful eyes!

  3. Congratulations David
    Have listened to your heartfelt talk and even shed a couple tears.
    Have always been interested in your reporting, especially Puerto Rico.
    Please be well and be happy.

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