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Reporter hits career jackpot, Daymond John sees $ in Miami

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BIG JOB

We knew him when: Miami native Tom Llamas is going global! The former WTVJ/NBC6 reporter was named weekend coanchor on World News Tonight, ABC News President James Goldston announced.

According to the letter Goldston sent out to network staffers: “In less than five months at ABC News, Tom has made a tremendous mark reporting from Dallas on the Ebola outbreak in the U.S., including a revealing interview with a nurse who treated Nina Pham at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital. His coverage of the tragic death of 12-year-old Tamir Rice in Cleveland and the shooting deaths of three Muslim students in Chapel Hill, North Carolina showcased his impactful and compassionate style of reporting.”

Llamas, a married father of one, will also play a pivotal role as the 2016 presidential election begins to heat up, joining a powerhouse political team led by Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos.

The Belen Jesuit alum is proud of his heritage, he told The Huffington Post back in 2012:

“I'm Cuban American. My parents both fled Cuba. My mother in 1959 and my dad a few years later. I'm the son of political refugees. I think that's something people wouldn't expect,” Llamas said. “It's crazy to think what my parents and really my grandparents did. They left a country where they had jobs and were successful and came here not speaking the language and had no money. To start from scratch is just amazing but they did it and put their kids through college.”

HEAD FOR BUSINESS

Daymond John doesn’t visit South Florida just for fun in the sun. The Shark Tank star sees dollar signs as per his Twitter account. Last week he posted: "Viva Miami, favorite business destination.” The mogul will be back this summer to help judge the Miller Lite Tap the Future, a competition that lets entrepreneurs pitch for a chance to earn more than $200K to fund their dream, he said in an interview last week with On The Money Radio’s Steve Pomeranz. To enter: www.mltapthefuture.com

To hear the radio interview: http://onthemoneyradio.org/behind-the-scenes-of-shark-tank-with-daymond-john

MADELEINE MARR

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