In conversation with Ada Monzon
Join us for a special conversation with CBS This Morning's Lead National Correspondent David Begnaud on his life, career, and relationship to Puerto Rico.
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Few journalists have gotten to know Puerto Rico the way David Begnaud has – from his relentless coverage of the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, the Category 4 hurricane that ravaged Puerto Rico in September 2017, to the mass demonstrations leading to the ouster of Puerto Rican Governor Ricardo Rossello in the summer of 2019. Along the way, David has connected deeply and powerfully with the Puerto Rican community in a way few others have done –through his reporting and directly on his social media platforms.
In conversation with Ada Monzon, Begnaud will go behind his own headlines to share stories of his remarkable rise to prominence as a national reporter for CBS News, how he overcame adversity as a child to pursue his journalistic passion, what it means to live his truth, and why he decided to continue telling Puerto Rico’s story even as others in the media moved on.
** Simultaneous interpretation will be made available for this event. **
Lead National Correspondent for CBS News
David Begnaud is the lead national correspondent for "CBS This Morning" based in New York. He joined the Network in 2015 and his reporting has earned him some of journalism's most prestigious awards, including the George Polk award for public service for his coverage of Hurricane Maria. Prior to CBS, Begnaud covered a wide variety of national breaking news from weather to crime for several news organizations. His career began in local news at KLFY-TV as an unpaid "teen reporter" while in high school, in his home state of Louisiana. Upon graduation, KLFY-TV hired him as a full-time reporter. He later became the weekend morning and evening news anchor. During the week he attended college, and graduated from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 2005.
Chief Meteorologist for Noticentro, Univision Radio, and Noticel
Ada Monzón is the first female meteorologist from Puerto Rico. Currently, she is Chief Meteorologist for Noticentro al Amanecer WAPA-TV, Univision Radio (WKAQ 580 am) and Noticel. She is also the Founder and President of the EcoExploratorio: Science Museum of Puerto Rico. Ada is a strong advocate of hurricane preparedness and mitigation and has dedicated her career to public education, awareness, and safety. She is widely recognized for her tireless efforts in educating and protecting people from natural hazards – including her service and commitment during 2017’s devastating hurricane season. Ada is the first female American Meteorological Society (AMS) Fellow and Certified Broadcast Meteorologist in Puerto Rico. She is also a board member of the Caribbean Regional Association for Coastal Ocean Observing Systems, an affiliate member of the PR NASA Space Grant Consortium, and member of the American Alliance of Museums, National Science Teacher Association and American Association for the Advancement of Science.
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