Jonathan is the author of the forthcoming book, Before It's Gone: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change in Small-Town America

Jonathan Vigliotti is a CBS News national correspondent based in Los Angeles. He previously served as a foreign correspondent for the network's London bureau. His work appears across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms including the "CBS Evening News with Norah O'Donnell," "CBS Mornings," "Sunday Morning," "Face The Nation" and "48 Hours."

Vigliotti's reporting has taken him to more than forty countries and territories across six continents and all fifty states in America. He's covered the civil war in Syria, the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean and terrorist attacks in Europe. For his in-depth feature reports he's swam with endangered sperm whales off the coast of Sri Lanka, scuba-dived with great white sharks in Mexico, made argan oil with Morocco's Berber women, climbed to the top of a 200-foot sequoia tree in California and reported on animal extinction in Kenya. His current coverage of the United States’ climate-fueled extreme weather -- it’s impact on people, communities, landmarks and the traditions at risk -- is the focus of his first book, “Before It’s Gone”, published by Simon & Schuster. His body of work has garnered an Edward R. Murrow and Emmy.

Before joining CBS New in 2015, Vigliotti worked at WNBC-TV in New York City, where he received Emmys for his reporting on the Boston bombing and Hurricane Sandy. He traveled to Greenland for three weeks to report on climate change's impact on polar bears as part of a grant awarded by the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. He has also served as contributor for Current TV and the New York Times' Travel, Business and Sports sections.

Previously, Vigliotti reported at WPLG-TV, the ABC affiliate in Miami, Florida, where he covered the earthquake in Haiti and earned a Emmy for his half-hour primetime special on loopholes in Florida's gun laws.

He began his career reporting for KJCT-TV in Grand Junction, Colorado.

Vigliotti grew up in Westchester, New York, and earned a degree in Journalism from Fordham University where he was an Edward A. Walsh Scholar. He lives in Hollywood with his husband Ivan Carrillo and their dog Toast.

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Reporting From the Frontlines of Climate Change

Discussion of the climate crisis has always suffered from a problem of abstraction. Data points and warnings of an overheated future struggle to break through the noise of everyday life. But climate change, and its devastating consequences, has kept apace whether we want to pay attention or not.

CBS News national correspondent Jonathan Vigliotti has seen that crisis unfold for himself, spending nearly two decades reporting across the United States (and the world) documenting the people, communities, landmarks, and traditions we’ve already surrendered. His findings are the subject of his new book, Before It’s Gone, published by Simon and Schuster. Vigliotti shares with urgency and personal touch the story of an America on the brink… the centuries-old warnings that were ignored, the self-fulfilling prophecy unfolding right now, and what can be done to reverse course.


Before It's Gone: Stories from the Front Lines of Climate Change in Small-Town America

An up-close look at the way climate change is affecting America and a call to action to protect the people and places we stand to lose if nothing is done to preserve our planet.

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