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Emmy-award winning journalist Tom Llamas co-anchors News 4 New York at 5p.m. and is a contributing correspondent to NBC News. Llamas has recently taken on an expanded role with the station’s award-winning I-Team. Llamas joined NBC 4 New York as a General Assignment Reporter in January 2009.
Since coming to New York, Llamas has covered several major stories for the station and NBC News including Hurricane Sandy, the Boston Marathon Bombings, Miracle on the Hudson, the Times Square Bomb Scare, wildfires in Arizona, and the Earthquake in Haiti.
In 2013, Tom won several Emmy awards including “Best Anchor” and for “Best Hard News Story.” In 2012, he won two regional Edward R. Murrow awards for feature and hard news reporting.
Llamas joined WNBC from NBC owned WTVJ/NBC6 in Miami where he reported for the weekday newscasts since 2005. His focus was on breaking news, and investigative reports.
Llamas’ assignments at WTVJ took him all over the country and to the Caribbean. He covered Pope Benedict XVI’s trip to Washington, the Virginia Tech massacre from Blacksburg, and was in Biloxi when Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. He has also covered eight hurricanes.
In 2008, Llamas became the first and only TV journalist ever embedded with the Coast Guard during a human smuggling interdiction at sea. The Emmy award winning story documented how Cuban refugees are smuggled into the U.S. via “Go-Fast” boats and the Coast Guard’s mission to intercept these vessels.
Prior to joining WTVJ, Llamas worked for MSNBC as a political campaign reporter. Over the course of two years, Llamas traveled to over 40 states covering the Presidential campaigns of Senator John Kerry and the Reverend Al Sharpton, and the Vice Presidential campaign of Senator John Edwards. He shot, wrote, edited and reported live daily on the Democratic candidates for MSNBC, and contributed print reports and a daily blog for msnbc.com.
Llamas began his career in broadcasting in New York with the NBC News Specials Unit during the 2000 presidential election and then moved to MSNBC. In his first two years at MSNBC, he worked on coverage of the September 11th attacks and the war with Afghanistan.
Llamas was born and raised in Miami after his parents fled from Cuba during the 1960’s. He graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans with Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Broadcast Journalism and Drama and Speech. Llamas also completed a program at the University of Miami’s Institute for Cuban and Cuban-American Studies which focused on Raul Castro and Cuban-American voters.
Recently he was honored with an “El” award by El Diario, the country’s oldest and largest Spanish-language newspaper. He lives in Manhattan with his wife and daughter.
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