After getting his “fill-in anchor” hustle on for months at ABC News, the division on Tuesday named former CNN and BET anchor T.J. Holmes the permanent co-anchor of “America This Morning” and “World News Now.”
Under his new title, Holmes will file reports for the network as well, according to Tuesday’s announcement in a memo from ABC News president James Goldston.
“A skilled broadcaster and a dynamic storyteller with the ability to report on a variety of different stories, I’m confident T.J. will be a strong asset to our team,” Goldston said.
Holmes spent five years at CNN before leaving in 2011 to join BET. His show on that network was canceled in 2013. He did fill-in anchor work at MSNBC and ABC.
Read the full memo, below:
I’m thrilled to announce that T.J. Holmes is officially joining America This Morning and World News Now as co-anchor. In addition to his anchor duties, he will also report across our all broadcast and digital platforms.
T.J. has impressed us all for the past few months with his vibrant storytelling, engaging style, and quick wit.
An award-winning journalist, he has reported from around the world on some of the most important stories of our day.
T.J. was live on the scene following the Virginia Tech campus shootings, the devastating tornados in Joplin, Missouri, and the Deepwater Horizon oil spill; and in 2009 covered the first presidential debate between then-Senators John McCain and Barack Obama. His contributions to the coverage of the oil spill and the Presidential campaigns garnered CNN two prestigious Peabody Awards.
In 2012, T.J. earned an NAACP Image Award nomination for his work as the host of BET’s late-night talk show “Don’t Sleep,” where he joined distinguished thought leaders and correspondents to discuss African American interests.
When not in front of a camera, you can find T.J. treating his wife and daughter to some of his mom’s famous southern cooking. Born and raised in Arkansas, he is a passionate Razorbacks fan. Since marrying his wife, who was born in Zaire, in 2010, he has committed countless hours to Africa-related organizations, and has dedicated himself to learning her native language, Kikongo.
A skilled broadcaster and a dynamic storyteller with the ability to report on a variety of different stories, I’m confident T.J. will be a strong asset to our team.
Please join me in congratulating him on his new role.
(Photo Source: TJ Holmes’ Facebook)