When you lose your heart to someone unknown to you and the person ignores you, what will you do?  Lose your hope, right? But Award-winning American journalist Pierre Thomas gathered enough courage to convince that person to be his soul mate forever.

The Chicago, Illinois native is a senior justice correspondent at ABC News, residing in Washington D.C. He is an incisive reporter having noteworthy news telling ability and covers the Justice Department for several ABC News programs including "World News Tonight," "Good Morning America," and  "Nightline." Prior to joining ABC in 2000, he had worked for media entities such as The Roanoke Times, World News, The Washington Post, and CNN.

In his fruitful career of around two decades, he has won awards for his contribution to the world of journalism, including the famous RTDNA 2015 John F. Hogan Distinguished Service award.

ABC's HardHitter: Pierre Thomas receives John F.Hogan  Distinguished service award by RTDNA in 2015(Photo: RTDNA website)

The veteran ABC senior correspondent has been a part of ABC’s Peabody, DuPont, Murrow, and Emmy award-winning coverage for some of the nation’s biggest news stories and coverages of the last 2 decades.

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Pierre Thomas Family: His Dad Poured Steel For Living

Thomas derived his high work ethic from his deceased father, who died around the mid-2000s. According to Thomas, his dad never missed a single day for 10 years while working as a factory worker. His dad's factory work often included "sweat running out of" his shoes. He used to work in hot environment molding steels even in cold days.

While he learned morale from his father, he understood how to bond with people from his sociable mother.

Less Known Facts About  Pierre Thomas Bio & Age

An adult man in his fifties (birthday:19 March), Pierre Thomas, is one of the finest journalists in the country, not only respected and well-liked by his peers and colleagues, but also by the law enforcement offices and audience. He has a clear vision about his job as a journalist, and every day he comes to work prepared to be the best in the business. He has been interested in journalism ever since his early childhood. At age 12, he had discovered that he wanted to be a journalist upon watching the news show, World News Tonight, featuring Peter Jennings and Max Robinson. 

Thomas is the youngest of his five siblings born to a typical southern Virginia family consisting of factory worker father (father worked at Lynchburg Foundry) and homemaker mother. He is a 1980 graduate of Amherst County High School and a 1984 graduate of Virginia Tech.

In 1987, he joined The Washington Post, where he would work for 10 years before sending his clips to CNN officials in order to try Television journalism. At this point, a switch from print journalism to Television journalism was a new challenge for him, but he accepted the task and worked at CNN for 3 years.

Pierre Thomas Wanted To Pursue This Profession Before Journalism 

As we know Pierre has been interested in journalism since his childhood, but journalism wasn't his ideal path. His working-class family always wanted him to do good in his studies. He was a bookish kid, feeble in sports, and a salutatorian, in his high school. He eventually went on to graduate from Amherst County High School in 1980 before enrolling at Virginia Tech to pursue a career in business and computer science in the future.

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There at Virginia Tech, he figured out what he wanted to do in his life with the advice and help from one of his professors. He switched to journalism in his sophomore year with advice from the professor and permission from his supportive parents, who knew nothing about journalism and whether it would sustain the living of their beloved son.  

The professor, whose name is Yera, helped him to get jobs in The Roanoke Times and World-News after his graduation. While at these non-national media outlets, he developed his early journalism prowess, covering everything from politics to crime, staying true to his professor's teaching to follow stories with passion and honesty.

When Did Pierre Thomas Join ABC News and His Achievements There?

The Amherst native joined ABC in November 2000 and reports for “World News with Charles Gibson,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and other ABC News programs. He has made great achievements in his ABC career, covering significant national to local events.

Thomas was a key member of ABC’s team of correspondents covering the terrorist attacks of September 11, which earned the network a Peabody, DuPont-Columbia and Emmy Award. He also participated in a “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings” broadcast which won the Edward R. Murrow Award for best newscast in 2005. He was also a key part of the ABC News team honored with two additional Murrow Awards in 2012 for their coverage of the tragic Tucson shooting and the killing of Osama Bin Laden.

Likewise, he received an Emmy Award as part of team coverage of the inauguration of President Barack Obama in 2009. Moreover, the Houston Association of Black Journalists honored him with its Pinnacle Award in 2011. Similarly, he was honored the Journalist of The Year in 2012 by The National Association of Black Journalists for his reporting on the shooting of U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords.

What is the Net Worth of Pierre Thomas?

Experienced with America’s top media organizations such as Washington Post, CNN, ABC, Thomas holds a top rank in the industry. In his decades-long productive career, he has received several awards covering the nation’s most important news broadcasts. He not only reports the stories on-screen but also sometimes does behind the scenes operations and reporting of critical cases that often demands danger and caution. Therefore, it wouldn't be wrong to state that the man who understands the core of journalism earns a handsome salary as ABC chief justice correspondent. He has earned such a high reputation and senior post in the mainstream American Media. However, his accurate net worth remains undisclosed.

This Is How He Convinced His Love At First Sight To Become His Wife

Thomas met his current wife, Allison, at a friend’s wedding, where Allison ignored him initially. But later, Pierre’s colleagues encouraged him to call her. He then gathered the courage and called her up and convinced her to go out with him. After some effort, both of them fell in love.

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Wife & Husband: Director Andria Jeffries (right) poses with Pierre Thomas, Champion for Justice Honoree at the NoVAC Trailblazer Award and Scholarship Gala, and his wife Allison Thomas (Photo: Facebook)

Thomas has been married to his love, at first sight, Allison Thomas since 1998. The couple has been blessed with a teenager son named Nathaniel Charles Thomas, who was diagnosed with Autism in his childhood. In an interview in 2011, Thomas revealed that his then 8-year-old son was really bright and making excellent progress in school.