Tom Jarriel

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Thomas Edwin Jarriel
Born (1934-12-29) December 29, 1934 (age 88)
Alma mater C.E. Byrd High School
University of Houston
Occupation(s) Journalist with KPRC-TV and ABC News
Years active1956–2002
Political party Democratic [1]
SpouseJoan B. Jarriel
ChildrenMichael Thomas Jarriel
Stephen L. Jarriel
Jeffrey David Jarriel
Parent(s)William Lester and Ella Ruth Jarriel

Thomas Edwin Jarriel (pronounced "Jair-ell," with a silent "i"; born December 29, 1934) is an American retired television news reporter who worked for the ABC network from 1964 to 2002.

Shortly afterward, he became White House correspondent for ABC, during the administrations of U.S. Presidents Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford. Later, in 1977, Jarriel co-anchored ABC Evening News on Saturdays for two years, and in 1979, joined the network's newsmagazine 20/20, as an investigative correspondent. On that show and on several hour-long documentaries, he covered subjects such as the defects in the American criminal justice system, wasteful spending by the United States Department of Defense, and transportation accidents. He received 10 Emmy Awards for his work. [2]

During most of that time, Jarriel anchored the 15-minute bulletins ABC aired late nights on Saturday and Sunday, until those broadcasts were cancelled in 1991; he was also the most frequent anchor of the daytime ABC News Brief updates that aired during the era. He also served as substitute anchor on World News Tonight.

He retired from broadcasting in 2002.

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  1. "Tom Jarriel". Retrieved November 8, 2010.
  2. "ABCNEWS' Tom Jarriel". ABC News. Retrieved 2021-02-15.
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