David Muir '95 Set To Anchor ABC’s ‘World News’

Award-winning journalist David Muir ’95 will take over as anchor and managing editor of ABC’s flagship nightly "World News" broadcast when Diane Sawyer steps down in September. In making the announcement, ABC News president James Goldston said Muir “has made his reputation reporting from the ground on every big story of recent times, and we know that when big stories happen, wherever they happen, David will be there for us and for our audience.”

Muir, a journalism major in Ithaca College’s Roy H. Park School of Communications, began his on-air career as a freshman behind the desk of ICTV, the college’s television station.

“I auditioned, recognizing that there was little chance of landing a slot … I was honored that the television-radio seniors were so willing to take a chance on this fresh-faced kid who had just arrived.”

The Syracuse native got the journalism bug early on and started interning at WTVH-TV when he was 12, spending his school breaks and summer vacations at the studio. After graduating from the Park School, he returned to the station for his first professional job.

Muir joined ABC News in August 2003 as anchor of the overnight news program “World News Now.” In 2007 he began anchoring the “Saturday World News,” and in 2011 he was named sole anchor of the weekend editions, which were renamed “World News with David Muir.”

Muir stays connected to Ithaca College, returning to his alma mater to serve as the 2011 Commencement speaker.

In his address, he encouraged graduates to find their own voice.

“You don’t need a camera or a microphone to have a voice; I know you already have one. I’m simply here to urge you to use it. We’re incredibly lucky to be in a part of the world where we’re allowed to use our voices, even if we don’t agree with one another.”

Muir is a 2005 recipient of the Ithaca College Alumni Association’s Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and in 2007 he returned to campus to speak as part of the Jessica Savitch Distinguished Journalism Lecture Series, an event he attended while a student at Ithaca College.

He often Skypes with students in the “S’Park: Igniting your Future in Communications” course, offering advice to the next generation of communicators.

“David has been a regular guest and generous donor to the Park School since his graduation, said Park School Dean Diane Gayeski.  “His enthusiasm, professionalism, and warmth are an inspiration to all of us.”

Citing the importance of international study and his semester in Spain while at Ithaca College, Muir established an endowed fund to help Park School students study overseas.





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