First Amendment Leadership Award

RTDNF presents this award annually to a business or government leader or other individual who has made a significant contribution to the protection of the First Amendment and freedom of the press.

David Begnaud, CBS News

David Begnaud
David Begnaud CBS News Correspondent, Miami Photo Cr: Timothy Kuratek/CBS ©2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved

David Begnaud is a CBS News correspondent based in New York. Since joining CBS News in August 2015, his reporting has been featured across CBS News broadcasts and platforms including “CBS This Morning,” the “CBS Evening News,” “48 Hours,” “CBS Sunday Morning,”  and CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming news service.

At CBS News, Begnaud has covered a wide range of breaking news stories including one of the deadliest shooting in U.S. history at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida, the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino, California, and the devastating earthquake that hit Ecuador in April of 2016 leaving hundreds dead and thousands injured.

CBSIn the summer of 2017, Begnaud covered Hurricane Harvey in Houston, Hurricane Irma in Florida, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. He reported in Puerto Rico for over 30 days covering Hurricane Maria and its devastation. Begnaud traveled outside of San Juan to chronicle the suffering of the people in the mountains and rural areas of the island. While on the ground, he used many different platforms to broadcast breaking news from the island, becoming the only source of information for many Puerto Ricans stuck without power. One of his interviews with the Governor of Puerto Rico was credited for bringing awareness about the lack of supplies being delivered to the residents. His reporting earned him the prestigious George Polk award for public service, which recognizes intrepid, bold, and influential work of the reporters themselves across all media. The award, as the nominating committee states, places ‘a premium on investigative work that is original, resourceful, and thought provoking.’

Begnaud is a veteran field reporter who has covered a wide variety of national breaking news from weather to crime before joining CBS News. Previously, Begnaud was a Los Angeles-based reporter for Newsbreaker at ORA TV, a social media platform for current events and breaking local and world news. He was also a regular contributor to Entertainment Tonight. Before that, he worked at KTLA in Los Angeles from 2010 to 2012 and KOVR in Sacramento from 2007 to 20010. He began his journalism career in his home state of Louisiana at the age of 18 at KLFY-TV as a weekend anchor and reporter while still attending college.

He graduated from the University of Louisiana, Lafayette in 2005.

First Amendment Leadership Award

Updated on 2019-01-24T15:46:50+00:00, by firstawards.