Posted October 2, 2018
By Abe Danaher
Top photo: Eva Pilgrim is introduced by Rick Peterson at the 2016 Alumni Awards ceremony.
Eva Pilgrim, a 2004 graduate of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications,
has recently been announced as one of two new anchors on ABC News’ Good Morning America
"When Eva was a member of the Carolina News team back in 2004, I recall how much she
enjoyed reporting,” said Rick Peterson, who taught Pilgrim’s senior semester class. “She always seemed like someone who
loved coming in every day to the newsroom. I'm thrilled to hear of Eva's promotion
at ABC News. It's a tribute to her dedication and hard work."
After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Pilgrim began her career as
a web producer in Columbia. She then began anchoring and reporting in West Virginia,
Indianapolis and Philadelphia before joining ABC News in 2016 as a correspondent.
“Eva’s success is a testament to her hard work and her passion for journalism,” said
Dr. Andrea Tanner, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communications who taught Pilgrim
when she was at USC. “Eva is a smart, kind, down-to-earth person with a great sense
of humor — someone you want as a colleague in your news organization and on the air, connecting
with viewers. I can’t wait to watch her.”
With ABC, Pilgrim has covered breaking stories such as the 2017 protests in Charlottesville,
Minnesota’s reaction to Prince’s death, and the investigation of his death that followed.
Additionally she has spent countless hours on the ground during multiple hurricane
seasons — covering Hurricane Matthew, Harvey, Irma, Maria and most recently, Florence.
In November 2016, Pilgrim was given the Distinguished Alumni Award by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications for her achievements since graduating.
This award is given to graduates of the school who have demonstrated a history of
exemplary work in their professional careers and who have been out of school for at
least 10 years.
Pilgrim and Whit Johnson, the other new addition to the show, will work with current
anchor Dan Harris to continue building upon the show’s recent success. For the sixth
consecutive season, GMA was the most watched morning show.
James Goldston, the president of ABC News, was proud to welcome Pilgrim and Johnson
to the GMA team. He said, “Since arriving at ABC they have both shown incredible versatility
behind the anchor desk and on location. You have seen them fill-in many times over
the past year and I’m so pleased they will become permanent members of the GMA family.”
Abe Danaher is the communications assistant for the College of Information and Communications. A journalism
minor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications, Danaher is in his last
semester at USC. He is from Syracuse, New York.