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November 8, 1973
Syracuse, New York, USA
Institute on Political Journalism
|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 (U.S. TV series).’ In addition, Muir is a principal substitute for “World News with Diane Sawyer” weeknights. David Muir has won multiple Emmy awards and Edward R. Murrow awards for his reporting both overseas and in the United States while at ABC News.
Most recently, in February 2013, Muir reported from inside Iran leading up to the nuclear talks. He was the 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 was honored with the prestigious Edward R. Murrow award for his work.
Muir is one of the most visible American journalists and the most used reporter int he history of ABC News. The Tyndall Report demonstrated that his reports received the most airtime in both 2011 and 2012. Muir has been called one of the “12 to Watch” in TV News by TV Week and TMZ has called him the Brad Pitt of News Anchors since 2009.
Childhood, Family, Education, Personal Life
David Muir was born in Syracuse, NY on Thursday, November 8, 1973. Muir grew up on Onondaga Hill, a village northwest 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 then Muir attended four years of college at 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 studying at Ithaca College, Muir also attended the Institute on Political Journalism at the Fund for American Studies at Georgetown University and studied abroad at the University of Salamanca in Spain  and 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 have any children as of 2013. He currently resides in New York City.
From 1995-2000, Muir spent five years after college graduation as an anchor and reporter at WTVH television in his hometown of Syracuse. While in Syracuse, he filed reports from Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, Israel, as well as from the Gaza Strip following the 1995 assassination of Yitzhak Rabin, the Prime Minister of Israel. 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."
- the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting
- 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 bestowed high honors on Muir in recognition of his news-anchoring and reporting.
In August 2003 at the age of 29, Muir joined ABC News as anchor of the overnight news program World News Now. He has served, since March 2007, as the anchor of World News Saturday. 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 at the age of 39, 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, reporting on the Israeli war with Hezbollah.
Muir was also 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. Among Muir’s U.S. assignments, Muir 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 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.
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