David Muir is an Emmy-award winning journalist for ABC News. Muir is the anchor and managing editor of ABC World News Tonight with David Muir and co-anchor of ABC’s 20/20. Since joining ABC News, Muir has reported on nearly every major story of our time with global dispatches from Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Tahrir Square, Mogadishu, Gaza, Guantanamo, Fukushima, Beirut, Amman, and the Syrian border.
Muir’s exclusive interviews generate global headlines. Muir landed the first interview with President Donald Trump in the White House. Muir also conducted the first network interview with President Trump during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the first joint interview with former Vice President Joe Biden and his running mate, Senator Kamala Harris. 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 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 town hall, Pope Francis and the People, conducting the town hall in Spanish. Muir moderated a town hall with President Barack 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 reported numerous in-depth specials for ABC News. Muir reported The Children of Auschwitz, documenting the journey back for Holocaust survivors returning to Poland 75 years after the liberation of Auschwitz. Muir profiled World War II veterans who stormed the beaches of Normandy returning to France 75 years after changing the course of history. Muir spent more than a year reporting Breaking Point: Heroin in America and Flashpoint: Refugees in America. Muir was the first to anchor from the scene of Europe’s refugee crisis, reporting from the Hungarian/Serbian border. Muir also reported from the Syrian border on child refugees. Muir gained rare access to Guantanamo prison and traveled to Amman, Jordan to report on the vetting of refugees coming to the United States.
During the 2016 and 2020 campaigns, Muir has served as a moderator for both Democratic and Republican Presidential primary debates and conducted numerous interviews with presidential candidates including former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. It was during Muir’s exclusive interview with Secretary Clinton she apologized to the American people for her use of a private e-mail server.
Muir’s reporting has been honored with multiple Emmys, Edward R. Murrow awards and the Society of Professional Journalists has honored Muir for his reporting overseas.
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.