David Muir is a native of Syracuse, New York. Born in November 8, 1973, he spent his early years at Onondaga Hill and finished his high school studies there as Salutatorian. He studied at the Park School of Broadcasting belonging to Ithaca College situated in New York and graduated magna cum laude. He received his bachelor degree in Journalism in the year 1995. He is fluent in Spanish and also studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain.
While studying journalism, he interned at WTVH-TV, which is a CBS affiliate and later he was hired to anchor the weekend news show, while he was still studying in college. He worked at the station till 2000 and then moved on to WCVB television situated in Boston. He later joined ABC News as the anchor for the program ‘World News Now’, which is an overnight news show. In 2011, he was made anchor for the weekend newscasts and the earlier World News show, which was renamed as ‘World News with David Muir’. Due to his high popularity ratings, he was promoted to co-host the show 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas. He is also the main substitute anchor for the show World News with Diane Sawyer in which his series ‘Made in America’ was nominated for Emmy and later became a mainstay at the show.
Muir has reported on breaking news all over the world during his broadcasting career. He had anchored live the events at Newtown in Connecticut and he was also the first American reporter to cover the famine in Mogadishu, Somalia. He also reported the Egypt revolution, the earthquake in Japan, the shooting at Aurora theatre, and the shooting involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Awards and Recognitions
Muir has received many awards and recognitions during his career including the Radio-Television News Directors Association award of ‘Best Enterprise Reporting’ and ‘Best Television Interview’. He was also awarded the ‘Best Local Newscast’ honor by the Syracuse press club and voted as one of the best Local News Anchors in Syracuse. He has also won the Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting, the National Headliner Award, and the Associated Press Award.
Muir has also reported on sports events which include the Winter Games in Vancouver held in 2012 and the Summer Olympics in Beijing in the year 2008.