Pitts will be an anchor and chief national correspondent, ABC News President Ben Sherwood announced in a staff memo Monday. Pitts could anchor all and any programs, an ABC News spokeswoman said.
Pitts has worked at CBS for 15 years and been a contributor to "60 Minutes."
He work in Orlando from 1986 to 1988 at NBC affiliate WESH-Channel 2. "It's very competitive," Pitts said in a 2011 Sentinel story about the Central Florida TV market. "A number of people have left there and done wonderful things. I got my first international experience as a reporter in that market."
What did he learn in Orlando? "My time at WESH was the first time I worked in an adult newsroom," he said. "The places I worked before had 20-something staffs, and everyone wanted to work at '60 Minutes' or 'Today' or 'Good Morning America.' In Orlando, I worked with people who decided for personal and professional reasons they were going to stay in Orlando. It was a valuable lesson. There are places where people don't hop around. You stay and become a real part of the community."
Sherwood said that Pitts will start in a few weeks and be based in New York.
Sherwood also gave this short profile of Pitts: "An East Baltimore native, Byron knew from a young age that he wanted to be a journalist but faced two serious obstacles to his dream. Byron was illiterate until age 12 and struggled mightily to overcome a stutter. His unflinching memoir in 2009 detailed those challenges and his extraordinary journey to become one of the great writers in our business, winning every major journalism award along the way."
The memoir is called "Step Out on Nothing: How Faith and Family Helped Me Conquer Life's Challenges."