WSB-TV's newest anchor: Jorge Estevez from Orlando

WSB-TV's newest anchor: Jorge Estevez from Orlando

Send RODNEY HO/rho@ajc.com on Monday, 2 December, 2019 on her AJC Radio & TV Talk blog

Orlando significant anchor Jorge Estevez coming to Atlanta in January as night anchor for Channel 2 Action News (WSB-TV).

His final day at Channel 9 affiliated WFTV-TV ABC 9 December.

“It was a great opportunity that I couldn't go up,” said Estevez with the Orlando Sentinel, who broke the news before Thanksgiving. “WSB-TV is a power house in Atlanta, not just in the state of Georgia, but also in the country as a whole.” T

Estevez spent 12 common years at WFTV over two stints. He worked at WFTV in 2001 to 2006, then spent six years at CBS station in Miami before returning to WFTV in 2012.

“It's very popular here,” he said Hal Boedeker, a long-term television writer at the Sentinel Orlando. “I thought it would be here forever; it was like the future of ABC affiliates with me. He is a strong news reader. He shares a lot on social media; it may not be everyone's desire but he added to his popularity. ”

Estevez has 21,000 Instagram followers and has a good 66,000 on its Facebook page, much more than its predecessor Craig Lucie, decided to leave in August to start his own public relations firm.

It will start in 2020 but its exact schedule has not been released.

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“It's really talented and we think it's complementary to our staff. We are very excited to add Jorge to the WSB family, ”said Ray Carter, WSB general television manager.

Estevez is the second Latin tutor on the team, as well as Wendy Corona, which joined the station in 2013.

He is the first openly gay anchor to ever employ WSB-TV and was honored earlier this year with a Champion of Equality Award from Orlando LGBT Center.

“As a member of the LGBTQ community, I have a particular perspective on the types of people who need support in our Florida Central Community,” said Estevez with the Orlando Sentinel in May. “This is a society so far where we are getting equal pay, educational opportunities and basic human rights, but we still have more to do to achieve equality for all.” T

Boedeker said that Orlando citizens were involved with him, especially after the mass club night pulse 2016. At the time, Estevez spoke generously about the challenges of coming out, including his father rejecting him.

WFTV-TV and WSB-TV are owned by Cox Media Group.