Among many assignments, he was the sole reporter for a critically acclaimed 1998 broadcast that exposed the lack of regulation in the fertility industry through the story of one little girl at the center of a custody battle who, arguably, had no fewer than five parents.
Lagattuta was a correspondent for the CBS News magazine Eye to Eye (October 1993-July 1995). He contributed a wide variety of reports ranging from a profile of Sophia Loren to a story about the lives of Los Angeles earthquake victims in the aftermath of the disaster to a segment on the efforts of liberal-minded Berkeley, Calif., to remove the homeless from its streets. Among other major stories, he covered the first Rodney King trial, the riots in Los Angeles following the King verdict, the presidential campaign of Ross Perot, and the famine and relief effort in Somalia. Lagattuta joined CBS News as a Los Angeles-based correspondent in March 1992.
Before that he was a reporter and weekend anchor for KNBC-TV Los Angeles and a contributing correspondent for NBC News (1985-92). Lagattuta filed reports from Kuwait on the Persian Gulf War and from Beijing on the massacre in Tiananmen Square, among other major stories.
Prior to joining KNBC-TV, he was a primary anchor and reporter for KGW-TV Portland, Ore. (1983-85). Lagattuta was a reporter and anchor for KMGH-TV Denver (1982-83) and CBS affiliates KPIX-TV San Francisco (1980-82) and KFMB-TV San Diego (1978-80). He began his broadcast journalism career as a reporter at KOOL-TV Phoenix in 1976.
Lagattuta has received a Southern California Golden Mike Award for spot news, a Los Angeles Press Club Award for spot news, two local Emmy Awards in San Diego for investigative reporting and journalistic enterprise, and two Arizona Press Club Awards for spot news, general reporting and investigative reporting.
Lagattuta was born July 7, 1956 in New York and raised in Phoenix. He attended Arizona State University. He now lives in Los Angeles.