David Muir biography

June 15, 2023, 1:50 PM
David Muir traveled to Lebanon's border with Syria, reporting on the thousands of children working in the fields to help their families survive.
David Muir traveled to Lebanon's border with Syria, reporting on the thousands of children working in the fields to help their families survive.
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David Muir is the anchor and managing editor of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir, the most-watched newscast in the U.S., and co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20. Since joining ABC News, Muir has reported from all over the world on the major stories of our time with global dispatches from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, the Ukraine border, Tahrir Square, Mogadishu, Gaza, Guantanamo, Fukushima, Beirut, Amman, and the Syrian border. Muir’s reporting has been honored with multiple Emmy awards, Edward R. Murrow awards, the prestigious George Polk Award, and the Society of Professional Journalists has honored Muir for his reporting overseas.

Muir’s exclusive interviews with world leaders have generated global headlines. Muir’s interview with President Biden at the White House in December 2021, during which he pressed President Biden on whether the U.S. was prepared for the Covid surge, generated major headlines. Muir was also the first network anchor to interview Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Previously, Muir landed the first interview with President Donald Trump in the White House and the first network interview with President Trump during the COVID-19 pandemic. Muir secured the first joint interview with former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris weeks before the 2020 election. Muir traveled to Afghanistan to interview the top U.S. commander amid talks with the Taliban and traveled to Iraq to interview top American military leaders in the fight against ISIS. Muir interviewed Iranian President Hassan Rouhani after the U.S. pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal. Muir secured the exclusive interview with then-President Barack Obama during the former president’s historic trip to Cuba. Muir conducted the historic sit-down with Pope Francis inside the Vatican, moderating the first-ever Vatican town hall, Pope Francis and the People. Muir conducting that town hall in Spanish. Muir moderated a town hall with President Obama, The President and the People: A National Conversation about race, policing and efforts to bridge the divide, earning an Emmy for his work.

Muir has moderated multiple Democratic and Republican Presidential Primary debates and has conducted numerous interviews with presidential candidates, including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was during one of Muir’s interviews with Secretary Clinton she apologized to the American people for her use of a private email server.