Jorge Estevez has once again made Central Florida his home, anchoring the evening newscast of Eyewitness News at 10 p.m. on WRDQ TV 27. He also anchors and reports for newscasts on WFTV Channel 9.
"I can’t believe I have been back already for several years. It feels like I never left,” said Jorge, who left in 2006 to work for the CBS affiliate in Miami.
During his time in Miami, Jorge earned his first Emmy Award for one of his special reports on traffic patterns in South Florida. His report looked at the impact of the new fast lanes on a section of I-95 through down town Miami would have on busy commute times.
Jorge first came to WFTV in 2001 and covered the attacks of 9/11 and how they impacted central Florida's tourism industry. During the next five years, as an anchor and reporter for WFTV Channel 9 and WRDQ, Jorge worked on major news affecting the various counties that make up our community.
"During my time at WFTV and WRDQ, we were mindful to always consider the impact our news had on central Florida families. We not only worked to make sure our stories were accurate, but also relevant in helping our community deal with major news events," said Jorge.
Jorge anchored several major local stories and some of national significance, including the discovery and capture of Saddam Hussein, NASA’s Shuttle Columbia Disaster and the severe hurricane season of 2004, during which several storms impacted the Orlando area.
"I will never forget how vulnerable central Florida was during that severe weather season with so many back-to-back hurricanes, but thanks to Severe Weather Center 9 and our coverage, I felt the community was well served not to mention informed before and after each storm," said Jorge, whose own home also felt the impact of the Hurricanes.
Since his return to central Florida, Jorge has been sent to cover major stories across Florida and the country. His most recent trip was to Atlanta, where he interviewed Ronny Ahmed, one of the three students injured when a shooter stormed the campus of Florida State University in 2014 and started firing at random.
Before that, Jorge went to New York City to cover Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and then to Moore, Oklahoma, to cover the tornado that struck down in the Spring of 2013. Jorge’s plane touched down at 3:30 p.m. and he and his crew had a report on the air by 5 p.m. that same day. He won two more Emmy’s for his coverage and on-air performance as a field reporter during that coverage.
Jorge landed his first broadcasting job in New York City as a reporter at News 12 The Bronx and was promoted to the position of weekday morning anchor in less than a year. Jorge was the first New York City reporter in Puerto Rico for the territory’s historic referendum on statehood.
Jorge will remember his time in New York City for his Emmy-nominated story of a 12 year-old boy-turned-author after his battle with bone marrow cancer. Jorge was also the first reporter at the scene of the shooting death of Haitian immigrant Amadou Diallo by four police officers in front of Diallo’s apartment building.
The son of Cuban immigrants, Jorge is from West New York, New Jersey, where he graduated from Rutgers University with a dual degree in journalism and communication. Now, he is glad to be back in central Florida where he enjoys the change of seasons each year. He enjoys the warm weather because it gives him a chance to leave the gym take his 5-mile runs outdoors where he can really break a sweat.
"The best thing about having an afternoon off now and then is being able to head outside and run around the historic streets of Downtown Orlando or along our beaches. It helps me burn off some of the calories I get from all the restaurants I try and visit around town,” said Jorge, who will never turn down a dinner invitation.