Eliott Rodriguez is an Emmy Award winning journalist and respected South Florida news anchor. He is anchor of the CBS4 News weekdays at noon and 6 PM. Eliott joined CBS4 in 1999. Eliott’s career has included coverage of major stories in the United States, Europe and Latin America. He has traveled to Cuba on several reporting assignments, including a 2002 trip during which he interviewed Fidel Castro. In 2003, he traveled to the Vatican to report on the health of Pope John Paul II.
Eliott is the recipient of two Emmy Awards, four Edward R. Murrow Awards and an Imagen Award nomination. He’s been named Best News Anchor by Miami New Times, and one of South Florida’s Sharp Dressed Men by Ocean Drive Magazine. The National Association of Hispanic Journalists recognized him with its most prestigious award for his series Ticket to Cuba.
In 2005, Eliott was honored with a Silver Circle Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for 25 years of excellence in the television industry. A graduate of the University of Miami, Eliott began his journalism career as a newspaper reporter at The Miami Herald and The Miami News. His first television job was at WTVJ in Miami, where he worked as general assignment reporter. He has also worked as an anchor/reporter at WPVI in Philadelphia and WPLG in Miami.
Eliott has covered such major news events as the invasion of Panama, Hurricane Andrew, the Mariel Boatlift, earthquakes in Mexico 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.
A New York City native, Eliott is the father of four daughters and an avid tennis player.
According to a new report from the Centers for Disease Control, one in 68 U.S. children has an autism spectrum disorder. That’s a 30 percent increase from just two years ago. For more than 20 years, the mission of the Dan Marino Foundation has been to empower individuals with autism and other developmental disabilities. Now the Marino Foundation is getting help promoting autism awareness from a rather unlikely source. We focus on its partnership with Everglades Holiday Park, and how you can join the cause.
Research shows that 60 percent of all fourth graders in this country are not reading at grade level. That puts them at risk to fall behind in school and become discouraged. And these kids are four times more likely to drop out of high school. The United Way of Miami-Dade’s ReadingPals program helps children improve their literacy skills, starting when kids are in preschool. We focus on how the program works and the need for volunteers to help the program grow.
Guitars Over Guns, or GOGO, is a local nonprofit organization, which provides after-school mentoring to at-risk youth. It does so through music education and performance as an alternative to the gang recruitment, drugs and violence that typically dominate their environments. We focus on how this unique program works, and the impact it is having on local students.
A documentary film is a nonfictional motion picture intended to document some aspect of reality. “DocMiami” is a nonprofit, dedicated to promoting the best that documentary filmmaking has to offer worldwide. DocMiami presents an annual film festival to promote the art form. We focus on the 2014 Florida Documentary Film Festival, presented by DocMiami, which is set for Friday September 12 and Saturday Sept. 13 in Boca Raton.
In 1983, Miami’s former Cuban Museum of Arts and Culture presented the groundbreaking exhibition “The Miami Generation”. It brought together the work of nine emerging artists from Miami’s Cuban exile community. Now, more than 30 years later, NSU Museum of Art Fort Lauderdale picks up where the exhibition left off, with “the Miami Generation: Revisited”. The new exhibit features works created since 1983 by the original nine artists. We focus on the new works, with the help of one of the original artists and the exhibit’s curator.
The 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks is here. So is the “Tunnel to Towers” walk and run in Fort Lauderdale, of which CBS4 is a proud sponsor. The Tunnel to Towers Foundation was started by the family of Stephen Siller, one of the firefighters who died responding to the 9/11 attacks. The money raised goes to help the families of first responders and military heroes who made sacrifices in the line of duty. We focus on all the amazing work done by the foundation, and how you can get involved in this worthwhile cause.
Anthony Rodriguez, 22, also known as DJ Sonic-C, was a rising star in Miami’s club scene. Rodriguez’s friend, 20-year-old Gabriel Hernandez loved the Miami Hurricanes.
President Barack Obama called the murder of Miami journalist Steven Sotloff “a horrific act of violence” and said the nation grieves with his loved ones.
Suspended Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi lives in a sparsely furnished Miami Lakes townhouse that resembles an un-kept college dorm.
Michael Kesti isn’t buying the verdict in the corruption case against Miami Lakes Mayor Michael Pizzi.