Tom Llamas has worked at NBC and ABC, where he was the Weekend Anchor. He earned both Emmy and Edward R. Murrow Awards for groundbreaking stories including Hurricane Sandy, the trial of the Boston Marathon Bomber, and his first love, politics.
Llamas is the 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. and the Coast Guard’s mission to intercept these vessels.
The story was personal to him – his parents, Cuban immigrants who fled political persecution, undertook a potentially fatal journey so that their children might have a better life. Of his success, Llamas said “The American dream comes in many forms, and there is a big family in Miami, Florida that will tell you this is one of them, and that dream will continue.”
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