David Begnaud is an American CBS reporter who had joined the news network in 2014. He has been reporting on four hurricanes back to back in the last month or so. He has been noticed and appreciated for his on-the-ground in-depth reporting. He said:
“I’ve never done four hurricanes back to back. You know, Harvey is memorable for people’s ability to rush in to help – the overwhelming response. And, what I’ve come to learn, is that civilians are able to meet the efforts of the federal government and, more often than not, do better. What made Irma so memorable was how it hopscotched. We couldn’t keep up with where it was going. But Maria has surpassed anything I’ve reported on before in terms of devastation.”
He was continuously for 34 days on the road reporting on Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. It was the natural disaster that paralyzed Puerto Rico that also brought in great changes in David Begnaud.
While reporting Hurricane Maria, the only functioning wi-fi signal was that of CBS News. Hence everyone was dependent on CBS for the updates on the disaster and they have seen David in the flooded streets, reporting about the disaster and the food and water shortage in the location. He saw power failures and generators been run by doctors in hospitals.
He saw a lot of illness and also did as much as he could to assist the locals and relieve their pain. He also tried to give the true picture and topple any rumors or myths associated with the hurricane.
Regarding the rumor of Puerto Rican truckers being on strike…it's not true. pic.twitter.com/EolwkeTUtr
— David Begnaud (@DavidBegnaud) October 2, 2017
He and his crew were luckily put up in Marriott in San Juan where there were good facilities including food and water. He received a lot of praise from all over for his excellent and genuine reporting and his Facebook subscribers jumped from 10000 to 315000 in less than a month. He was termed a lifeline by the people. He said:
“That experience has humbled me.”
David Begnaud’s birth, early life, and education
David Begnaud was born on the 13th of June 1983 in the USA. He had a keen interest in journalism from his childhood. There are no details about his parents and siblings if any. He attended Teurlings Catholic High School and later did his Bachelor’s from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette from 2001 to 2005. He had started reporting at the age of 17 years.
David Begnaud’s broadcasting career
David Begnaud had commenced reporting on a part-time basis right after high school. Three months down, he was hired as the weekday evening reporter. And six months later, David Begnaud got his first promotion and started to anchor and host the inaugural weekend morning show.
Four months later, David got the position of the evening anchor for Eyewitness News at 6 & 10. He used to anchor both weekend shows while attending college during the week. He then bagged the post of the anchor, reporter, and host at KLFY TV 10 in 2001. After working with this network for 4 years, David moved to KSLA-TV in 2005 as a reporter.
In 2007, he left this post to join CBS Sacramento. In 2010, he joined KTLA and after 2 years, went on to get the post of executive producer, creator, and host at Ora TV in the Greater Los Angeles area. He created the Newsbreaker and was also the host and executive producer on the show.
He joined CBS News in 2014 in Miami and is currently continuing with the post at Dallas, Texas. He reports on various broadcast platforms in the mornings and evenings. He had reported on the Pulse NightClub shooting, and the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, and also on the devastating Ecuador earthquake of April 2016.
He also covered the police shootings at Baton Rouge, Louisiana.