March 14th, 2006 17:19 EST
Judyth Piazza chats with Eliott Rodriguez, CBS Affiliate Channel 4 Miami
Eliott Rodriguez is an Emmy Award-winning journalist and respected South Florida anchorman. He is co-anchor of CBS4 News at Noon and 5:30, and host of 4 Sunday Morning. "
Eliott`s career has included coverage of major stories in the United States, Europe and Latin America. He has traveled to Cuba on more than a dozen reporting assignments, including a 2002 trip during which he interviewed Cuban leader Fidel Castro. In 2003, Eliott traveled to the Vatican to report on the health of Pope John Paul II.
A New York City native, Eliott is the son of Cuban immigrants. He is a graduate of the University of Miami, Miami-Dade Community College and LaSalle High School. He began his journalism career in 1978 as a newspaper reporter for The Miami News, and switched to television in 1980 when he was hired as a reporter at WTVJ in South Florida.
In December of 1982, Eliott moved to WPVI in Philadelphia, where he worked as a general assignment reporter and morning news anchor. At WPVI, he earned the distinction of becoming the first Hispanic anchorman in Philadelphia.
Eliott returned to Miami in 1987 to join WPLG as news anchor, reporter and host of the weekly show Eye on Crime. " He worked at WPLG for 11 years before assuming his present anchor duties at CBS4 in March of 1999.
Eliott has covered such major news events as the invasion of Panama, Hurricane Andrew, the Mariel boatlift, earthquakes in Mexico City and Venezuela, elections in Nicaragua, the Ibero-American Summit in Madrid, political conventions, the MOVE bombing in Philadelphia, riots in Miami and the Pope`s visit to Cuba. His op-ed columns have appeared in The Miami Herald and Sun-Sentinel.
Besides two Emmys, his awards include a Philadelphia Press Association Award, Associated Press Award, the Newsweek en EspaÃ±ol Man of the Year Award, and the highest honor given by the National Association of Hispanic Journalists for his Ticket to Cuba " investigative series. A program on heart disease earned him a statewide award from the American Heart Association. He was named by Ocean Drive Magazine as one of South Florida`s Sharp Dressed Men ".
Eliott is married to Maria Elena Salinas, a news anchor for the Spanish-language network Univision. He has four daughters and is an avid tennis player.