DAVID MUIR NAMED ANCHOR OF ABC'S "WORLD NEWS SATURDAY" AND CO-ANCHOR OF "PRIMETIME"
David Muir has been named anchor of "World News Saturday" and a co-anchor of "Primetime," ABC News President David Westin announced today. Mr. Muir will also continue as a NY-based correspondent for ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including "World News with Charles Gibson," "Good Morning America" and "Nightline."
"David has excelled at every assignment we've given him," said Mr. Westin. "From international conflicts to tragedies here at home, David's strength is an ability to connect our audience with the stories he's reporting. That exceptional talent makes him the ideal anchor for the Saturday broadcast and a strong addition to �Primetime.'"
David Muir joined ABC News in August 2003 as anchor of "World News Now" and "World News This Morning." Since then he has been a lead correspondent on major breaking news stories, including the Israeli war with Hezbollah, the Amish schoolhouse shootings in Lancaster County, PA and Hurricane Katrina. Mr. Muir was inside the Superdome as Hurricane Katrina hit. In the days that followed, his reports for "World News" and "Primetime" revealed the deteriorating conditions inside the Convention Center and Charity Hospital. He also reported from West Virginia on the Sago Coal Mine tragedy for "Primetime."
Mr. Muir has contributed to several in-depth series on "World News," including "America: Over a Barrel," "Cancer: Beating the Odds," and the broadcast's ongoing look at the immigration debate. He anchored ABC News' coverage of the ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of D-Day. In his first week on the air, he anchored several hours of the network's coverage of the Blackout of 2003. He was also part of ABC's Campaign 2004 coverage, anchoring from Manchester during the New Hampshire primary, as well as reporting on exit polls throughout the campaign.
Prior to joining ABC News, Mr. Muir's work overseas distinguished him as an award-winning anchor for WCVB-TV in Boston. He spent a month overseas covering the Iraq war, and was the only television reporter from Boston in the Middle East. His reporting helped earn the station a National Headliner Award.
While in Boston, Mr. Muir's accolades included 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 September 11th hijackers. His anchoring and reporting of breaking news also earned top honors from the Associated Press.
Mr. Muir joined WCVB-TV after spending five years as an anchor and reporter at WTVH-TV in his hometown of Syracuse, NY. While in Syracuse, he filed reports from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Gaza City following the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, earning top honors from the Radio-Television News Directors' Association. He anchored the station's coverage of President Clinton's impeachment trial from Capitol Hill. 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" by the readers of The Syracuse New Times.
A Magna Cum Laude graduate of Ithaca College, Mr. Muir attended the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University and studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain.