Former KLFY Weekend Anchor and Reporter David Begnaud has become a staunch and high-profile advocate for championing the people of Puerto Rico through his reporting in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.
Later this month, he will be honored for that work by the Radio Television Digital News Foundation (RTDNF) in the form of the organization’s First Amendment Leadership Award.
The award will be presented to Begnaud at the second annual First Amendment Awards Dinner & Show on March 13, 2019, at the Marriott Marquis Washington, DC.
Begnaud's backstory is well-known.
He is a CBS News correspondent based in New York.
Since joining CBS News in August 2015, 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 one of the deadliest shooting in U.S. history at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, 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 and 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.
The award, as the nominating committee states, places ‘a premium on investigative work that is original, resourceful, and thought provoking.’
Begnaud is a veteran field reporter who has covered a wide variety of national breaking news from weather to crime before joining CBS News.
Previously, Begnaud was a Los Angeles-based reporter for Newsbreaker at ORA TV, a social media platform for current events and breaking local and world news. He was also a regular contributor to Entertainment Tonight.
Before that, he worked at KTLA in Los Angeles from 2010 to 2012 and KOVR in Sacramento from 2007 to 20010.
He began his journalism career in his home state of Louisiana at the age of 18 at KLFY-TV as a weekend anchor and reporter while still attending college.
He graduated from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 2005.