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Emmy Award Winning CBS4 News reporter and anchor, Gio Benitez, to Kick-Off 2012 MDC Journalism Speaker Series


Miami, October 24, 2012 - Gio Benitez, a CBS4 News reporter and anchor with nearly a decade of experience, will kick-off the 2012 Miami Dade College Journalism Speaker Series at noon Nov. 9 at the college’s North Campus.

“It is always an honor to have respected professionals present their work to students,” said Karla Barrios, Editor-in-Chief of The Reporter. “Starting off with Gio Benitez, this year’s line-up showcases the best of the best.”

Benitez, a Miami Coral Park Senior High School graduate, has covered some of the biggest stories in the country, including the Trayvon Martin case.

In June 2009, Benitez made U.S. television history as the first reporter to shoot a story entirely using an iPhone when Apple introduced video on the iPhone 3GS.

Benitez traveled to Port-au-Prince, Haiti in January 2010 to cover relief efforts following the most devastating earthquake to ever hit the region. Then in May 2012, Benitez, who is covering the 2012 presidential election, exposed that state investigators were questioning the citizenship of more than 2,000 registered voters in South Florida.

Benitez is the recipient of two regional Emmy Awards from the NATAS Suncoast Chapter. He is a seven-time Emmy nominee. One nomination was for Benitez’s investigative series on alleged police brutality. Following his reports, two Miami police officers were forced to turn in their guns and badges.

The MDC Journalism Speaker Series was launched in February 2008 to create an exchange and learning opportunity for students interested in pursuing careers in journalism. To date, 41 journalists have participated in the series.   

In addition to Benitez, this year’s lineup includes Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter Frances Robles of the Miami Herald, Boston Globe political reporter, Noah Bierman, reporter, Israel Gutierrez, Dallas Morning News editor and reporter, Selwyn Crawford and Sun Sentinel features writer and MDC alumnus, Johnny Diaz.

Each program includes a presentation by the journalists and a 15-minute question and answer session.

All presentations are free and open to the public

MDC Journalism Speaker Series with CBS4 News reporter and weekend anchor, Gio Benitez.

  • WHEN: Friday, Nov. 9, 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
  • WHERE: MDC North Campus, 11380 NW 27 Ave., Room 2151

For more information about the speaker series, please contact Manolo Barco, the adviser to The Reporter, the student newspaper at Miami Dade College, at 305-237-1255. 

Media-only contacts:
Juan Mendieta, 305-237-7611,, MDC communications director
Tere Estorino, 305-237-3949,, MDC media relations director
Sue Arrowsmith, 305-237-3710,, media specialist
Alejandro Rios, 305-237-7482,

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