Bilingual news professional returns to the Big Apple following anchor roles in Dallas, Miami
NEW YORK, NY – October 15, 2019 - NBC 4 New York / WNBC announced the addition of Gilma Avalos to the station’s weekend news team, joining fellow anchor Adam Kuperstein for the 6 PM and 11 PM newscasts on Saturday and Sunday. She will also provide general assignment and breaking news coverage on weekdays. Avalos’ first day at WNBC will be November 4.
Avalos joins WNBC after five years at the CBS Owned Station in Dallas/Fort Worth, KTVT where she anchored weekday afternoon newscasts and delivered breaking news coverage. In 2016, Avalos was on the scene for the deadly ambush of five Dallas police officers and was one of the first to report on the police robot that helped bring down the suspect. She recently covered the Amber Guyger trial and anchored continuous coverage of the verdict and sentencing.
“Gilma is a great addition to our news team. Her journalistic work as an anchor and reporter will serve our community well,” said Amy Morris, Vice President of News. “It is also a homecoming, as Gilma began her career right here in New York. She knows our community and understands the issues that are most important to our viewers.”
Prior to joining KTVT, Avalos worked as a multimedia journalist and general assignment reporter at NBC 6/WTVJ-TV in Miami. Here, she was one of the first South Florida reporters to cover Trayvon Martin's shooting death and later travelled to Sanford, Florida to cover the trial of George Zimmerman. She began her professional career at News 12 The Bronx, where she anchored continuous coverage of Hurricane Irene in 2011. She also helped develop the pilot that would later become News 12 en Español.
Fully bilingual, Avalos was born in El Salvador and raised in Miami, where she learned English as a second language. She got her start in television at the age of 12 when she hosted “Paleokids,” a Spanish language children’s program focusing on the world of dinosaurs for Discovery Channel Latin America. A 2008 graduate of Columbia University, Avalos interned for NBC News Partnerships at 30 Rockefeller Plaza, prior to earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Hispanic Studies.
“It is incredibly exciting to return to New York, the place where I began my professional career, met my husband and covered stories that helped and informed viewers,” said Avalos. “I have always admired the work of WNBC and cannot wait to join its talented team of news professionals. They have earned the trust of their viewers and represent the very best in journalism. I am honored to be a part of this team.”
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