Talk about a warm Miami welcome.
New CBS4 morning news anchor Kendis Gibson was indoctrinated pretty quickly into the 305 scene on Thursday when his colleagues took him to a familiar place: Cafe Versailles.
Lauren Pastrana, Elliott Rodriguez and Marybel Rodriguez all posed with Gibson for an Instagram photo at the Little Havana restaurant’s famed ventanita.
Of course, they drank a thimble or two of cafe cubano, also known as the jet fuel that keeps locals cogent and awake. Because if America runs on Dunkin’, Miami runs on cafe Cubano.
Pastrana’s caption: “A toast to new beginnings! Welcome to our new @cbsmiami morning anchor, @kendisgibson! They wake up as we are going to sleep, so when we link up, cafecito is a must!”
The Belize native will work alongside co-anchor Marybel Rodriguez on WFOR-TV’s weekday 4:30 a.m. to 7 a.m. newscasts.
The two early birds will also appear each weekday on the station’s soon-to-be-launched CBS News Miami streaming service, it was announced in a release.
Gibson, a former MSNBC anchor, spent seven years with ABC News, where he helmed “America This Morning” and “World News Now” and worked as a correspondent.
Gibson also cut his teeth in Washington, D.C., San Diego and Rochester, New York.
“I love reporting on the full gamut of news: local, national, global, human interest stories and entertainment,” said Gibson, who starts Jan. 24. “I am thrilled to bring my passion for news to Miami as I embrace the opportunity to join CBS4 and report on stories that resonate with our audience.”