John Donvan is a correspondent for ABC News. A list of his career postings includes: Chief White House Correspondent, Chief Moscow Correspondent, Amman Bureau Chief, Jerusalem Correspondent, London Correspondent, Eastern Europe Correspondent, and, most recently, a regular correspondent for Nightline.
Donvan attended Regis High School in New York City and graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He and his wife, Dr. Ranit Mishori (a physician and health reporter), have a son, Ben, and a daughter, Noa.
Donvan began his career at age 25 for ABC Radio as a foreign correspondent in 1980. In 1982, the network promoted him to television. He was assigned to Jerusalem on the West Bank and the rest of the Arab world. From 1985-88, he worked for CNN, as a London-based correspondent, covering Europe, the Middle East, and Africa.
Donvan rejoined ABC in 1988, and has been there ever since. Based in London, and later Moscow, he covered nearly all of the major news events overseas through the 1980s and the 1990s. This includes; the collapse of Communism (he was in Red Square the night the Soviet flag came down, and in Romania when Nicolae Ceauşescu was arrested); the Iran–Iraq War; both Persian Gulf Wars (1990-1991 and 2003-2001); two Royal Weddings; the assassination of Anwar Sadat; the bombing of the marine barracks in Beirut; and the end of the nuclear arms race.
Donvan returned to New York in 1993, where he contributed to ABC News' magazine programs and World News Tonight, and occasionally served as an anchor on Good Morning America and weekend news broadcasts. In 1997, he was assigned to the network's Washington, DC bureau, and the White House beat, covering the campaign finance scandal and the president's travels abroad. He joined Nightline in 1998 and continues as one of that program's small cadre of correspondents. He was an occasional substitute anchor for Ted Koppel, and hosted many interviews for Nightline's production of UpClose.
In October 2006, Donvan was reporter on site of the Amish school shootings in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. While answering follow-up questions from Nightline anchor Terry Moran after his report, Donvan unexpectedly paused and wept momentarily before gradually (although not completely) regaining his composure to finish his response. Somewhat taken aback, Moran quickly concluded the emotional segment.
Donvan also serves as moderator of Intelligence Squared, US, a forum that gathers together experts to debate propositions concerning serious topics of public interest in Oxford Union-style debates which may be heard on NPR, and seen on Bloomberg TV or YouTube.
Donvan has won three Emmy Awards, several Overseas Press Club Awards, two Cine Golden Eagles, and has been honored by the National Association of Black Journalists, the Committee of 100, and the Media Action Network for Asian-Americans.
- Elizabeth Jensen "Pointed Political Debate, Minus All the Shouting" New York Times. September 21, 2009. Retrieved January 19, 2010.
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