Terry Moran

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Terry Moran
Terry Moran in 2007.jpg
Terry Moran in 2007
Born Terence Patrick Moran
(1959-12-09) December 9, 1959 (age 58)[1]
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Education Lawrence University
Occupation Television journalist
Years active 1990–present
Notable credit(s) ABC News Chief White House Correspondent (1999-2005);Nightline co-anchor (2005–2013); ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent (2013-)

Terence Patrick "Terry" Moran (born December 9, 1959[1]) is an American journalist, formerly the co-anchor of the ABC-TV network news show Nightline. In 2013, he was named ABC News Chief Foreign Correspondent, based in London.[2]


Moran was born near Chicago, Illinois. He graduated from Lawrence University in 1982. He received further training at the National Journalism Center, which coaches young journalists from a conservative perspective.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Addressing former president Bush as ABC News White House correspondent

Career as Correspondent[edit]

Moran worked as a correspondent and anchor for Court TV from 1990 through 1997. He was praised for his coverage of the murder trials in Los Angeles of Lyle and Erik Menendez and O.J. Simpson,[4] as well as for his reporting on the Bosnian war crimes trials at The Hague and the U.S. Supreme Court confirmation hearings for justices Clarence Thomas, Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.[4]

Moran joined ABC News in 1997. After having served as the primary correspondent assigned to the U.S. Supreme Court from 1998 to 1999,[4] he served as ABC News' Chief White House Correspondent from September 1999 to November 2005, covering both Bill Clinton and George W. Bush when they each served as president. Prior to his White House assignment, Moran covered Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign. He received in 2003 the Lucia R. Briggs Distinguished Achievement Award, which is presented to an alumnus or alumna of Lawrence University for outstanding contributions and achievements in a career field.[5] In 2006[6] and again in 2013,[7] Moran received the Merriman Smith Award from the White House Correspondents Association for excellence in presidential reporting. In 2007, he won a Peabody Award for reporting and anchoring the ABC documentary "Out of Control: AIDS in Black America."[6]

In naming Moran the network's Chief Foreign Correspondent, ABC News president Ben Sherwood said, "Terry’s range as a reporter is exceptional. He is equally adept interviewing a confessed hit man in one of Mexico’s most notorious gangs as he is breaking down some of the most complex Supreme Court decisions...A brilliant writer and gifted storyteller, Terry has the ability to see the story no one else sees, explain its importance to the audience, and do it all in a stylish and compelling way."[2]

Nightline (co-anchor)[edit]

Before becoming co-anchor of Nightline, Moran had been the anchor of World News Tonight Sunday from 2004 to 2005. Along with Cynthia McFadden and Martin Bashir, Moran became one of the three full-time anchors of Nightline following Ted Koppel's last broadcast in November 2005. He often anchors ABC News broadcasts.

Off the record reporting[edit]

In September 2009, Moran used the social networking service Twitter to publicly share an off-the-record portion of an interview with President Barack Obama and criticize him for not being "presidential."[8] The interview was being conducted by another journalist, and Moran wrote that the President had called Kanye West a "jackass" for his behavior during the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards. ABC News apologized for releasing the portion of the interview.[9]


Moran has had pieces published in, among other periodicals, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The American Lawyer and The New Republic, where he began his journalistic career.[4]


  1. ^ a b Molly Stark Dean (December 9, 2010). "Who's Been Messing with Terry Moran's Wikipedia Page?". TVNewser. Retrieved December 12, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Ford, David (June 19, 2013). "Terry Moran Named London-Based ABC News Anchor and Chief Foreign Correspondent". ABCNews.com. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Clymer, Adam (3 March 2015). "M. Stanton Evans, Who Helped Shape Conservative Movement, Is Dead at 80". Retrieved 8 June 2017 – via NYTimes.com. 
  4. ^ a b c d News, A. B. C. (19 June 2013). "Terry Moran's Biography". ABC News. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 
  5. ^ "Alumni Awards, 2003". Lawrence University. Archived from the original on September 1, 2003. Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  6. ^ a b "ABC News Terry Moran Biography". Retrieved April 7, 2012. 
  7. ^ Ford, David (April 2, 2013). "ABC News Anchor Terry Moran Wins Merriman Smith Award For Excellence in Presidential Coverage Under Deadline Pressure for Second Time". ABCNews.com. Retrieved June 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Obama: Kanye West a 'jackass' for outburst". msnbc.com. 15 September 2009. Retrieved 16 December 2010. 
  9. ^ GAVIN, PATRICK. "Obama calls Kanye 'jackass' - PATRICK GAVIN - POLITICO CLICK". www.politico.com. Retrieved 8 June 2017. 

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Preceded by
Sam Donaldson
ABC News Chief White House Correspondent
September 1999–November 2005
Succeeded by
Martha Raddatz
Preceded by
Ted Koppel
Nightline anchor
November 28, 2005- With Martin Bashir and Cynthia McFadden
Succeeded by