Last Updated Apr 10, 2012 4:21 PM EDT
Manuel Gallegus is a New York-based correspondent for CBS News and CBS Newspath, the Network's 24-hour television news service to CBS stations and broadcasters throughout the world. He joined the Network in May 1994, and reports for the "CBS Evening News," "CBS This Morning" and the "CBS Evening News" weekend editions.
During his tenure at CBS News, Gallegus has covered many major national and international stories. Most recently, he reported on the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colo.; the Penn State sex abuse scandal; the Trayvon Martin case; the death of singer Whitney Houston; the Royal Wedding, and the final launch of the space shuttle Atlantis.
Gallegus also covered the BP Oil Spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the same sex marriage debate in California, Chelsea Clinton's wedding, the shootings at Fort Hood military base in Texas and the adoptions in the U.S. of Haitian orphans after the latest devastating earthquake there.
In addition, Gallegus was on the campaign trail for CBS Newspath and reported on the New Hampshire primary and presidential hopeful debates.
Previously, Gallegus reported on the devastating wildfires in San Diego, the tornado in Greensberg, Kansas, and the coal mine collapse in Huntington, Utah. Gallegus also spent many weeks in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina and reported on the tragic shootings at Columbine High School.
Internationally, Gallegus spent weeks in China covering the Beijing Olympics, in addition to three other Olympics for CBS Newspath: the Summer Games in Sydney and Athens and the Winter Games in Torino, Italy. Gallegus was in Rome for the death of Pope John Paul II and the election of the new Pope. He also reported on earthquakes in Colombia and Mexico and President Jimmy Carter's historic visit to Cuba.
Gallegus has also reported on the Hollywood awards season from red carpets at the Emmys and the Academy Awards ceremonies, as well as the Grammy Awards. Additionally, he has covered the lifestyles of celebrities and he reported on the 2007 Writer's Guild strike.
Gallegus has divided his time at CBS News, working for CBS Newspath, (since Aug. 1998 and 1994-96, when he joined the Network) and for CBS News (1996-98). As a CBS News correspondent, he reported on the Terry Nichols trial for the Oklahoma City bombing, the Mars Pathfinder landing, the Heaven's Gate suicides and California's ongoing battle with natural disasters, from flooding to mudslides to fires. In his first tenure with CBS Newspath, he covered the Republican National Convention in San Diego, as well as the Freemen standoff near Jordan, Montana; the arrest of the Unabomber suspect; Mexico's presidential elections; the Zapatista rebel movement in Mexico and the O.J. Simpson murder trial.
Prior to joining CBS News, Gallegus worked on-air at KRON-TV San Francisco (1990-94) and KOFY-TV San Francisco (1988-90), where he earned two Radio Television News Directors Association Edward R. Murrow Awards, as well as at KADY-TV Oxnard, California (1988). He was an executive producer for KFTY-TV Santa Rosa, California, and began his broadcasting career in 1982 at KRON-TV.
Gallegus was born in Fremont, California. He was graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a degree in p