ITHACA, NY—David Muir, an award-winning ABC News correspondent and 1995 graduate of Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications will return to his alma mater on Wednesday, April 4, as this year’s speaker in the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series. Muir’s talk, “Witness to War and Disaster: From Hurricane Katrina to War in the Middle East, Giving Victims a Voice,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in Park Hall Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public.
As a correspondent for ABC News based in New York, Muir reports for “World News with Charles Gibson,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline” and other ABC News broadcasts. He is also a substitute anchor on “Good Morning America” and on the weekend editions of “World News,” and frequently anchors the “World News” web cast. Muir joined ABC News in 2003 as anchor of “World News Now” and “World News This Morning.”
Since joining ABC News, Muir has been a lead correspondent on several major breaking news stories. In August 2006, he reported from the Israel-Lebanon border covering the Israeli war with Hezbollah. A year earlier, Muir was inside the Superdome as Hurricane Katrina hit, and he stayed in New Orleans to cover the unfolding crisis. His reports for “World News Tonight,” “Primetime” and “20/20” revealed the deteriorating conditions inside the Convention Center and Charity Hospital.
Muir filed reports from Texas during Hurricane Rita and from Florida during Hurricane Wilma. He was on the scene during the catastrophic wildfires in the Midwest and Plains states as well the mudslides in La Conchita, Calif. In addition, Muir reported from West Virginia on the letters left behind by the coal miners during the Sago Coal Mine tragedy for “Primetime.”
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 identity theft.
Prior to joining ABC News, Muir worked overseas and distinguished himself as an award-winning anchor for WCVB-TV in Boston. He spent a month overseas covering the war in Iraq, and he was the only TV reporter from Boston in the Middle East. Muir's reporting helped earn the station a National Headliner Award.
A magna cum laude graduate of Ithaca College, Muir attended the Institute on Political Journalism at Georgetown University and studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain. In 2005, the Ithaca College Alumni Association presented him with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, which is given annually to graduates who have achieved exceptional professional success and who have graduated in the past 2 to 10 years.
The Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series is sponsored by the Roy H. Park School of Communications. It honors the 1968 Ithaca College graduate who became an Emmy Award–winning NBC News anchor and correspondent. Previous speakers in the series have included Andrea Mitchell, Ann Curry, John Seigenthaler, Mara Liasson, and Cokie Roberts.
For more information and to request interviews, contact Melissa Gattine, coordinator for special programs and public relations in the Park School, at (607) 274-1023.