Thomas Edward Llamas is an American journalist who was the weekend anchor for World News Tonight on the American Broadcasting Company from 2014 to 2021. Afterward, he left ABC News for rival NBC News, with his last ABC broadcast being on January 31, 2021.
Llamas was born in Miami, Florida, on July 2, 1979, to Cuban immigrants who had fled the island as political refugees. He attended The Belen Jesuit Preparatory School in Miami. He is a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, Louisiana, and was a member of the LA Gamma chapter of Sigma Phi Epsilon. He received bachelor’s degrees in Broadcast Journalism and Drama and Speech which he completed in May 2001.
Llamas began his broadcasting career in 2000 with the NBC News Specials Unit and moved to MSNBC where he worked from 2000 to 2005 and covered mostly politics. After that he moved to NBC’s WTVJ in Miami. Llamas moved to New York and joined WNBC and NBC News in 2009 as general-assignment reporter and anchor.
In September 2014, he moved to ABC News as a New York-based correspondent and substituted for David Muir on ABC World News Tonight over the Christmas 2014 period. In 2015, Llamas became the Sunday anchor of ABC World News Tonight. He became the sole weekend anchor in January 2017.
During the 2016 U.S. Presidential Campaign, Llamas spent the year reporting on the Republican candidates. He criticized the use by Jeb Bush and Donald Trump of the term “anchor baby” and was called a “sleaze” by Trump after questioning him about the amount of money he had donated to charity.
In January 2021, it was reported that Llamas would leave ABC News and return to NBC News. His last broadcast on ABC News was on January 31, 2021. In April 2021, it was announced that Llamas was named senior national correspondent for NBC News and will anchor a primetime newscast for NBC News Now.
Tom Llamas is 43 years old (birth date July 2, 1979).
Tom Llamas was born in Miami, Florida, United States.