Central Florida newscaster Jorge Estevez announces departure from Orlando

By : Jeremy Williams
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ORLANDO | Award-winning Central Florida newscaster Jorge Estevez announced on Facebook Nov. 26 that he would be leaving his position at WFTV Channel 9 next month for Atlanta’s WSB-TV.

“Yes, I am leaving #Orlando,” Estevez wrote. “This time an opportunity presented itself that was beyond incredible. I am going to get to work with seasoned journalists who have dedicated years of their careers to providing people with the stories of their communities.”

Estevez, who is an out and proud member of Orlando’s LGBTQ community, first came to WFTV in 2001 gaining attention with his coverage of the 9/11 attacks and how they impacted Central Florida’s tourism industry. He went on to become one of most well-known and respected journalists in Florida, anchoring newscasts for both WFTV and its sister station WRDQ TV 27.

In 2006, Estevez left Orlando to work for the CBS affiliate in Miami, where won the first of nine Emmy Awards. He made his way back to Central Florida where over the last few years he has covered stories that have impacted Central Florida, specifically covering the LGBTQ community from marriage equality to the Pulse tragedy.

Among the long list of awards and accolades Estevez has won during his time in Central Florida Watermark readers have consistently named him Favorite Local TV News Anchor in our annual WAVE Awards and earlier this year The LGBT+ Center named him the Champion of Equality at its annual Harvey Milk Breakfast.

Estevez will join the WSB-TV team in Atlanta next month.

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