Tony Pipitone Biography
Tony Pipitone is an American journalist working as an investigative reporter for NBC6. He joined the Team 6 Investigators back in 2014.
He attended the University of Maryland College of Journalism and graduated in 1983. He has worked for WKMG-TV in Orlando and WTVJ-NBC6 as an investigative reporter. He lives in South Florida with his wife, Myriam, and two children.
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He is married to Myriam and the couple has two grown-up sons.
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He is one of the most honored investigative reporters in Florida. Tony has received 12 Suncoat Emmys, including the chapter’s Silver Circle Award, recognizing him for staying in TV for 25 years.
He has also received six Edward R. Murrow awards and numerous statewide and regional awards. Tony’s stories have helped put people in jail and also get some out.
He has exposed political and government corruption, and shed light on other illegal activities. Tony joined NBC6 after working for 26 years in Orlando for WKMG-TV.
The Orlando Sentinel referred to him as one of the finest reporters in Orlando television history. He is hop[ing to continue his legacy in South Florida as he investigates with the Team 6 Investigators.
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Tony Pipitone departing WKMG for Miami
Tony Pipitone, one of the finest reporters in Orlando TV history, is leaving WKMG-Channel 6. He will become an investigative reporter next month at WTVJ, the NBC-owned station in the Miami-Fort Lauderdale market.
Pipitone, 53, is moving to South Florida primarily for personal reasons, WKMG said.
He will join his wife, Myriam Marquez, who works in South Florida for The Miami Herald. Marquez, a former columnist at the Orlando Sentinel, was named executive editor of the Herald’s Spanish-language daily, el Nuevo Herald, in October.
They commuted for eight years between the two communities. “We made it work, but we always hoped to get under one roof sooner,” Pipitone said in an interview.
Pipitone has worked at WKMG for 26 years. His reports have become big draws for the CBS affiliate during major rating periods. As his best report, he cited a 1990 story on a woman convicted of arranging her husband’s murder. Pipitone found corroboration that the slain man had been abusing his daughters.
“There was an outpouring of support around the country,” Pipitone recalled. The woman’s sentence was commuted, and she was released from prison.
WKMG General Manager Skip Valet, a former news director at the station, raved over Pipitone’s abilities. “I’ve worked with many fine journalists, but Tony Pipitone is at the head of that class,” Valet said. “As an investigative reporter, he is as good as they come.”
Pipitone said it was difficult to leave on a professional level. “It’s meant a lot to me to expose things here and hopefully make it a better place to live and to raise our children,” he said.
He and Marquez have two sons, ages 27 and 24.
Pipitone said what he will miss most about Orlando is raising kids here. “This is where they learned the world,” he said. “It’s been a good community. They’ll carry it with them as they grow older, the values and the sense we may come from different places, many of us, but we share the goal to make it a better place.”
Channel 6 is the only TV station where Pipitone has worked. He started thereafter working as a Baltimore newspaper reporter. He saluted photographer/editor Darran Caudle as “my righthand guy.”
Pipitone listed other reports he took pride in. In one, he revealed that concealed weapons permits were going to people who didn’t disclose the mental illness in their pasts. In another, he reported that a convicted con man was running a fake law firm while on work release. In a memorable bit of television, the con man’s bodyguard pulled a taser on Pipitone and threatened him.
Pipitone was also a familiar face on the Casey Anthony story. He said he was proud of a report showing that Anthony likely made a computer search for “foolproof suffocation” on the day that Caylee died.
“Over the last 26 years, this town has grown up quite a bit. So has the journalism,” Pipitone said. “I was quite surprised when I first came here. The quality of reporting was quite low. People didn’t investigate. I think you see it’s evolved here and at other stations. The value of investigative reporting is obvious.”
He was drawn to WTVJ because NBC is making a big push for investigative reporting at its owned stations. “They’re going to have a serious commitment to investigative reporting, and lucky for me, they want me to be part of it,” he said.