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David Muir was born on November 8, 1973 in Syracuse, New York. David Muir began broadcasting when he was just a kid, from inside a cardboard box in his family’s living room. He used his allowance to buy a cassette recorder at Radio Shack so that he could interview his sister’s friends. Muir says that when he was growing up “I was the kid who would excuse myself from the backyard and go in and watch Peter Jennings. I was drawn to him. And I don’t think at twelve or thirteen you can put into words why you’re drawn to a particular journalist, but Peter’s curiosity was infectious. He seemed to be the one who was having a conversation with America every night.”
Muir graduated from Onondaga Central Junior-Senior High School in May 1991. Muir then attended the Roy H. Park School of Communication at Ithaca College where he majored in journalism and also earned a minor in political science. He received his Bachelor's Degree in Journalism in 1995. He also studied at the Institute on Political Journalism in Georgetown and interned at the Department of Health and Human Services. While he was in college, Muir spent a semester studying abroad at the University of Salamanca in Spain. Muir believes it was that experience that enabled him to conduct a town hall entirely in Spanish with Pope Francis in 2015.
Muir has not had any high profile relationships in the public which has led to speculation about his sexuality. Gossip about him being gay started after he was seen spending a lot of time with the journalist, Gio Benitez. The two men, who are close associates, were spotted at various gay bars. To quiet the gay rumors, Muir revealed that he had a crush on Kelly Ripa. Without any confirmation from David about his relationships, it can only be assumed that he is keeping relationships private to focus on his career.
While studying journalism in college, Muir 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 until the year 2000 and then moved on to WCVB television located in Boston where he won the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. Muir reported from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Gaza Strip following the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and he was voted one of the "Best Local News Anchors" in Syracuse. 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, he was promoted to co-host the show 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas. He was also the main substitute anchor for the show World News with Diane Sawyer in which his series ‘Made in America’ was nominated for an Emmy and later became a mainstay on the show. On June 27, 2014, ABC News announced that Muir would succeed Diane Sawyer as the anchor and managing editor of ABC World News.
Muir has reported on breaking news all over the world during his broadcasting career. He has anchored live coverage for events at Newtown in Connecticut and he was also the first American reporter to cover the famine in Mogadishu, Somalia. He also reported on the Egyptian revolution, the earthquake in Japan, the mass shooting at the Aurora theatre, and the shooting involving Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords. In 2005, Muir reported from inside the New Orleans Superdome as Hurricane Katrina hit. Muir stayed in New Orleans to report on the unfolding humanitarian crisis. In 2016, Muir released a year-long report on the opioid crisis in America and was awarded a CINE Golden Eagle Award for his reporting.
Muir has received many awards and recognition 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.
Muir received the New York State Broadcaster’s Association’s 2018 Broadcaster of the Year Award, joining ABC News personnel Barbara Walters (2007), Charlie Gibson (2010), and the late Peter Jennings (2005) as notable recipients of the honor. In accepting the award Muir had this to say “If we just remember who this newscast is for – it’s for the people across this country in a polarized time, we have to find a way every single night to signal to them that we hear you… that we are doing this job for you. We are asking these questions for you. And I think that they sense that in their gut.” The New York State Broadcaster’s Association is famous for fighting on the behalf of broadcasters including opening New York’s courtrooms to broadcast television coverage, putting broadcasters on equal economic footing with newspapers, and defending the confidential sources of broadcast journalists. David Donovan, President of NYSBA, says, “David Muir represents the best in broadcasting not only in New York but around the world. His journalistic integrity provides a guiding light and stands in stark contrast to the cacophony of opinions that often parade as facts in today’s world. We are deeply honored to recognize David’s outstanding achievements.”
Muir has been with ABC News since 2003 and has served as the sole anchor and managing editor of ABC’s World News Tonight with David Muir since September 2014.
According to Nielsen Media Research, ABC's "World News Tonight," anchored by David Muir, was the most-watched newscast in America in 2018, for the second year in a row. It was the first time "World News Tonight" won back-to-back seasons in twenty two years, when Peter Jennings sat at the ABC desk.
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