Gio Benitez


Some photos from the 2013 Suncoast Emmy awards, courtesy the Suncoast Chapter Flickr feed

WPLG meteorologist Trent Aric all smiles with his gold

WTVJ reporter Roxanne Vargas with husband:

WPLG meteorologist Trent Aric with WPLG weather producer Aliana Perez

L to R: WFOR CBS4 anchor/reporter Marybel Rodriguez

WSVN anchor Belkys Nerey took her fierce mom as a date to the Emmys:

WSVN anchors Mike Marza and Craig Stevens

L to R: WPLG reporter Ben Kenney, with we think Amanda Stanley and Matthew Fuhrman

L to R: WPTV investigative reporter Shannon Cake

All smiles with their gold – WPLG weather producer Aliana Perez with WPLG meteorologist Trent Aric

L to R: WPTV GM Steve Wasserman, WPTV news director Mike Garber, WPTV station manager Lloyd Bucher

WFOR investigative reporter Michelle Gillen, with former WFOR reporter Gio Benitez now reporting at ABC News

WPLG reporter Ben Kennedy

WFOR reporter David Sutta

Former WFOR reporter/anchor Jorge Estevez horsing around with his lady. He’s now at WFTV in Orlando.

WPLG Local 10 News

In the TV news business you never know when your competitors might become your colleagues. The people in this photo have all collectively worked at every one of the English stations here before getting assembled at WPLG. Well except Gio Benitez he’s at ABC News though you see his reports on WPLG.

L to R: Roland Steadham now WPLG weekend meteorologist, was the chief meteorologist at WTVJ until 2005 and worked at WSVN before that. Trent Aric joined WPLG in 2004 and on occasion went up against Steadham during hurrican coverage in ’04 and 2005. Julie Durda. And former WFOR reporter Gio Benitez now reporting at ABC News.

Roland Steadham, Trent Aric, Julie Durda, Gio Benitez
Photo: @RolandOn10

Photo credit: Roland Steadham @RolandOn10

WPLG Local 10 News

Julie Durda was on Good Morning America over the weekend, on Saturday and Sunday, substituting for GMA weather anchor Ginger Zee. If you missed her appearance here’s a video

Also, while at GMA Julie got to hang out with someone most of you are familiar with, ABC reporter Gio Benitez who joined the network earlier this year from WFOR CBS4

Julie Durda and Gio Benitez at Good Morning America
/Photo: @GioBenitez/


WFOR reporter Gio Benitez is leaving the station and jumping ship to the ABC Network. Benitez is joining as a correspondent for the network and according to the announcement sent out by ABC News president Ben Sherwood, he will be  reporting on “all platforms” and will be based in New York City. He starts early in 2013.


Just as SFLTV.com told you FIRST, the long-awaited CBS local news affiliate, WFOR, is finally going HD… Tonight!  According to multiple anonymous tipsters, and finally confirmed by CBS4 reporter Gio Benitez via Tweet, “CBS4 News goes HD tonight at 6:30!” This not only means that they will be transmitting in HD, but will also debut their new graphics package and news studio. Check out the new CBS4.com logo; a possible hint to the on-air graphics.

CBS4 is the last English news affiliate in the Miami/Ft.Lauderdale market to make the switch to High Definition. View Gio Benitez’s Tweet after the jump.