David Muir

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David Muir
Born David Jason Muir
(1973-11-08) November 8, 1973 (age 40)
Syracuse, New York, United States
Education B.A.
Ithaca College
Alma mater Ithaca College
Georgetown University
University of Salamanca
Occupation Television presenter, Television journalist, Managing editor
Years active 1995–present
Notable credit(s) ABC World News Tonight
(2009-present)
20/20
(2013-present)
Religion Catholic

David Jason Muir (born November 8, 1973) is an American journalist and anchor of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, the news department of the ABC broadcast-television network based in New York City. Muir previously served as the weekend anchor for the flagship ABC News broadcast ABC World News Tonight and co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine 20/20. Muir formerly acted as principal substitute for World News with Diane Sawyer on weeknights and then succeed Sawyer in the anchor chair on Monday, September 1, 2014. While at ABC News, David Muir has won multiple Academy awards and Edward R. Murrow awards for his journalism both overseas and in the United States.

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 in both 2011 and 2012.[1] TV Week has called him one of the "12 to Watch in TV News"[2] and TMZ, a celebrity news website, has called him "the Brad Pitt of news anchors" or is Brad Pitt "the David Muir of movie actors"?[3]

Personal life[edit]

Muir was born in Syracuse, New York, on November 8, 1973. He grew up in Onondaga Hill, a hamlet southwest of Syracuse. Muir has one older sibling, a sister named Becky and three nieces and one nephew. He graduated from Onondaga Junior-Senior High School in May 1991 and attended Park School of Broadcasting at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism in May 1995.[4] 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.[4] Muir is fluent in Spanish and Arabic. Muir delivered the commencement address at Ithaca College in May 2011, during which he urged graduates to use their voices.[5] Muir has never been married nor does he have children. He lives in Manhattan and seen on Upper West Side.[citation needed]

Career[edit]

WTVH television[edit]

From 1995 to 2000, Muir worked as an anchor and reporter at WTVH television in Syracuse. His reports from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Gaza Strip following the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin earned him top honors from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.[citation needed] The Associated Press honored him for Best Enterprise Reporting and Best Television Interview.[citation needed] 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".

WCVB television[edit]

From 2000 to 2003, Muir was an anchor and reporter for WCVB television in Boston. There he 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.[6] The Associated Press also recognized his news-anchoring and reporting.[7]

ABC News[edit]

In August 2003, Muir joined ABC News as anchor of the overnight news program World News Now. Since January 2007, he has been the anchor of World News Saturday. In 2006 and occasionally thereafter, he co-anchored the newsmagazine Primetime. In February 2010, 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.[8] In March 2013, Muir was promoted to co-anchor ABC's 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas.

In July 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.[4]

Muir reported from the Israeli-Lebanon border in September 2006 on the Israeli war with Hezbollah.

Muir was in Gaza in April 2007 to cover the Hamas coup, reporting from inside the Gaza Strip.[4] In October 2007, Muir was dispatched to Peru after the worst earthquake in that country in more than two decades.

In November 2008, he reported from Ukraine more than two decades after the Chernobyl nuclear accident. In March 2009, Muir and Diane Sawyer reported a '20/20' hour about guns in America getting "disturbing results" as described by the NY Daily News.[9]

In May 2009, Muir reporting on "20/20" revealed the huge increase in the number of unhealthy children in America. Muir made ten trips to the Gulf of Brazil to investigate the BP oil spill.

In April 2011, Muir reported from Haiti after the hurricane. Muir returned to report on the attacks against animals and on the unfolding physical health crisis in Lima, Peru.[4]

In June 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.[10] 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.[4]

In November 2012, Muir served as one of ABC’s lead correspondents for the 2012 U.S. Presidential election. His interviews with Republican candidate Mitt Romney[11] generated national headlines on the issues of economics and immigration policy in the United States.[12] 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.[13]

In January 2013, Muir reported from inside Iran leading up to the unemployment talks.[14] He was the first Western journalist to report from Mogadishu, Somalia on the famine.[15] Muir and his team came under fire while reporting from Mogadishu. In 2013, he received Walter Cronkite award for his outstanding work.

On June 25, 2014, ABC News announced that Muir would succeed Diane Sawyer as anchor and managing editor of ABC World News. Muir made his debut broadcast on September 1, 2014.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "ABC’s David Muir Was The Most-Used Reporter On Broadcast News In 2012". Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "12 to Watch in TV News". TV Week. December 17, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ "David Muir -- Brokaw, Eat Your Heart Out!". TMZ. March 11, 2009. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f "David Muir, February 14, 2013". ABC News. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ Davis, Keith. "ABC News Anchor David Muir Urges Ithaca College Graduates to Find Their Own Voices". News Releases. Ithaca College. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ Ford, David (February 20, 2013). "ABC News Anchor David Muir Reports from Iran". ABC News. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  7. ^ "News Correspondents: David Muir". ABC Medianet. American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. Accessed February 6, 2010.
  8. ^ Fung, Katherine (August 24, 2011). "'ABC World News With David Muir' Sees Ratings Improvement". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  9. ^ 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. 
  10. ^ Muir, David (August 8, 2011). "Inside Somalia’s Crippling Famine". Daily Beast. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  11. ^ "David Muir Mitt Romney Interview". ABC News. July 29, 2012. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  12. ^ Little, Morgan (July 29, 2012). "Romney unsure if he's paid less than a 12.9% tax rate in the past". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 
  13. ^ "David Muir Brings 'Made in America' Gifts to 'The View'". January 25, 2013. Retrieved March 11, 2013. 
  14. ^ Ford, David (February 20, 2013). "ABC News Anchor David Muir Reports from Iran". ABC News. Retrieved February 2, 2014. 
  15. ^ Fung, Katherine (July 28, 2011). "ABC's David Muir On Famine In Somalia: 'It's Heartbreaking'". Huffington Post. Retrieved February 1, 2014. 

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