When WJZ-TV's Evening Magazine went off the air at the end of 1990, its popular co-host, Steve Aveson, went on to gain a national audience.
He moved to New York and spent four years at ABC News as a Good Morning America and 20/20 correspondent. He also was an anchor for ABC News programs, including World News This Morning, Good Morning America Sunday and Discovery News, a science program. He also had a stint with the broadcast division of The Christian Science Monitor and then returned to a metro market as an anchor at Fox 25 in Boston.
Since leaving Baltimore, Aveson covered some of the biggest stories, including Moscow after the collapse of the Soviet Union and post-Katrina Louisiana, where he spent nearly two weeks telling the stories of people who lost everything in the hurricane.
Aveson, 53, is now a resident of Lexington, Mass., and is the co-anchor of evening news broadcasts in Providence, R.I., on WPRI and WNAC, CBS and Fox affiliates. He remains a firm believer in local news.
"One way we can survive is to give them what they can't get anywhere else," he said of the local news business. "I wake up each day and can pursue my curiosity with the most important issues, then digest and share them for the viewers."
He is also proud of his daughters, Victoria, a Carnegie Mellon University senior who is pursuing a doctorate in immunology, and Olivia, a high school senior who has been accepted at five colleges.
In his free time, he mentors at-risk boys in a Providence charter school run by a Christian Brother. He also works with the Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Rhode Island and the Juvenile Diabetes Association.
He returns to Baltimore every December to narrate the Choral Arts Society's Christmas Concert for Children at Goucher College, where he appears alongside Tom Hall, the group's music director and a close friend.
"I loved Baltimore and miss the place," he said. "Plus both of my daughters were born there."