NAB Leadership Foundation Announces Host And Musical Performer For Celebration Of Service To America Awards

The National Association of Broadcasters Leadership Foundation (NABLF) says award-winning ABC News broadcaster Gio Benitez will host of the 2023 Celebration of Service to America Awards. The ceremony, which honors broadcasters for their outstanding commitment to public service, will be held in Washington on June 6 at The Anthem.

Benitez co-anchors Good Morning America Saturday and Sunday and serves as ABC News’ transportation correspondent. He is an Emmy-winning reporter, covering stories such as the Pulse nightclub shooting, El Chapo’s underground escape from a Mexican prison and the Boston Marathon bombing.

Prior to his tenure at ABC, Benitez was a reporter and investigative producer at WFOR Miami. In June 2009, Benitez became the first reporter to shoot a TV story entirely on an iPhone, according to NAB. After devastating earthquakes hit Haiti in 2010, Benitez traveled to the country to cover relief efforts. His return flight to Miami turned into a rescue mission as he traveled with injured Haitian evacuees.

Musical guest Nelson Cade III, known for his raspy baritone voice and extensive repertoire, will perform during the ceremony and sing the National Anthem. Cade competed on NBC’s The Voice and was a finalist on John Legend’s team. He has completed two nationwide tours and has written music for Mary J. Blige and Bailey Coats.

NABLF previously announced station and broadcast group Celebration of Service to America Award winners, as well as the Corporate Leadership Award recipient, JP Morgan Chase.

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