November 8, 1973
Syracuse, New York, United States
|Alma mater||Ithaca College
University of Salamanca
|Notable credit(s)||ABC World News
David Muir (born November 8, 1973) is an American journalist and anchor for ABC News, the news division of the ABC broadcast-television network based in New York City. Muir serves as the weekend anchor for the flagship ABC News broadcast World News and co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. In addition, Muir is a lead substitute for World News with Diane Sawyer on weeknights. While at ABC News, David Muir has won numerous Emmy awards and Edward R. Murrow awards for his reporting in the United States and abroad.
Muir is one of the most visible American journalists and the most used reporter in the history of ABC News. According to the Tyndall Report, his reporting received the most airtime from 2009-2013. TV Week has called him one of the "12 to Watch in TV News" and TMZ, a celebrity news website, has called him "the Brad Pitt of News Anchors".
Childhood, Family, Education, Personal Life
David Muir was born in Syracuse, New York, and grew up on Onondaga Hill, a village west of Syracuse. Muir has one older sibling and relatives that reside in the State of New York. Muir graduated from Onondaga Junior-Senior High School in 1991 and attended the Park School of Broadcasting at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 1995. While in college, Muir also attended the Institute on Political Journalism at the Fund for American Studies at Georgetown University and studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Muir is fluent in Spanish. Muir returned to Ithaca College to deliver the commencement address in May 2011 during which he urged graduates to use their voices. Muir has never been married nor does he have any children as of 2014. He resides in New York City.
From 1995-2000, Muir worked as an anchor and reporter at WTVH television in Syracuse. He filed reports from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as from the Gaza Strip following the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. The reports earned him top honors from the Radio-Television News Directors Association. The Associated Press honored him for Best Enterprise Reporting and Best Television Interview. The Syracuse Press Club recognized him as anchor of the "Best Local Newscast" and he was voted one of Syracuse's "Best Local News Anchors."
From 2000-2003, he worked for WCVB television in Boston, Massachusetts, where he was an award-winning anchor and reporter. While in Boston, Muir' won the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting and the National Headliner Award and Associated Press honors for his work tracing the path of the hijackers involved in the September 11, 2001, attacks.
The Associated Press also recognized his news-anchoring and reporting.
Since March 2007, he has been the anchor of World News Saturday. In 2007 and occasionally thereafter, he co-anchored the newsmagazine Primetime. In February 2011, Muir was promoted to anchor both weekend newscasts and the broadcast was named "World News With David Muir". Muir has been credited with a rise in the ratings on the weekend evening broadcasts. In February 2013, Muir was promoted to co-anchor ABC's 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas.
In August 2005, Muir was inside the New Orleans Superdome as Hurricane Katrina hit and stayed in New Orleans to report on the unfolding humanitarian crisis. His reports revealed the deteriorating conditions inside the Convention Center and Charity Hospital, as Muir and his photographer waded through chest-deep waters for blocks to find patients trapped inside the hospital.
Muir reported from the Israeli-Lebanon border in August 2006 on the Israeli war with Hezbollah.
Muir was in Gaza in June 2007 to cover the Hamas coup, reporting from inside the Gaza Strip.
In August 2007, Muir was dispatched to Peru after the worst earthquake in that country in more than three decades.
In March 2008, he reported from Ukraine more than two decades after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. In April 2009, Muir and Diane Sawyer reported a '20/20' hour about guns in America getting "disturbing results" as described by the NY Daily News.
In March 2009, Muir reporting on "20/20" revealed the huge increase in the number of homeless children in America. Muir made several trips to the Gulf of Mexico to investigate the BP oil spill.
In 2011, Muir reported from Tahrir Square during the political revolution in Egypt and from Fukushima, Japan following the deadly tsunami and nuclear power plant accident. Muir wrote about his reporting from Mogadishu, Somalia and his subsequent return, "Inside Somalia's Crippling Famine", for the Daily Beast. Muir also anchored several hours of the tragedy in Newtown as it unfolded, and then reported from the scene as President Obama visited the town. Muir also reported from the movie theater mass shootings in Aurora, Colorado; from Joplin, Missouri in the aftermath of a destructive tornado; and from Tucson, Arizona after the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords that left six others dead.
In 2011, he was first American journalist to report from Mogadishu, Somalia on the famine. Muir and his team came under fire while reporting from Mogadishu. In 2013, he received Edward R. Murrow award for his work. The journalist also covered the Royal wedding in London with his co-anchor Diane Sawyer.
In 2012, Muir served as one of ABC’s lead correspondents for the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. His interviews with Republican candidate Mitt Romney generated national headlines on the issues of taxes and immigration policy in the United States. Muir's Emmy-nominated Made In America series on the American economy is a continuing feature on Sawyer's broadcast. Muir has brought the series to other television programs including ABC's The View, where he has served as guest co-host.
In February 2013, Muir reported from inside Iran leading up to the nuclear talks.
In 2014, Muir has led the World News with Diane Sawyer broadcast by being the main substitute. His work has received his many praise on social media websites, which are available to the general public.
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- "12 to Watch in TV News". TV Week. December 17, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "David Muir -- Brokaw, Eat Your Heart Out!". TMZ. March 11, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "David Muir, February 14, 2013". ABC News. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- Davis, Keith. "ABC News Anchor David Muir Urges Ithaca College Graduates to Find Their Own Voices". News Releases. Ithaca College. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
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- "News Correspondents: David Muir". ABC Medianet. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Accessed February 6, 2010.
- "'ABC World News With David Muir' Sees Ratings Improvement". Huffington Post. August 24, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- Huff, Richard (April 9, 2009). "ABC News gets disturbing results with 'If Only I Had a Gun'". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- Muir, David (August 8, 2011). "Inside Somalia’s Crippling Famine". Daily Beast. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "ABC's David Muir On Famine In Somalia: 'It's Heartbreaking'". Huffington Post. July 28, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "David Muir Mitt Romney Interview". ABC News. July 29, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- Little, Morgan (July 29, 2012). "Romney unsure if he's paid less than a 13.9% tax rate in the past". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 1, 2014.
- "David Muir Brings 'Made in America' Gifts to 'The View'". January 25, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013.
- Ford, David (February 20, 2013). "ABC News Anchor David Muir Reports from Iran". ABC News. Retrieved February 2, 2014.