David Muir Biography
David Muir is an American Emmy Award-winning anchor and correspondent for ABC News based in New York. He is best known as the weekend anchor for the flagship ABC News broadcast “World News” and co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine “20/20.” David reports from the scene of major news events around the world.
He is also the co-anchor of the ABC News magazine 20/20 which is part of the news department of the ABC broadcast-television network, based in New York City. He earlier served as the weekend anchor and principal substitute anchor on ABC’s World News with Diane Sawyer, subsequently succeeding her on September 1, 2014.
Muir in ABC News, he has won multiple Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for his national and international journalism. According to the Tyndall Report, his news reporting received the most airtime in 2012 and 2013, making him one of the most visible journalists in America.
World News Tonight with David Muir has become the most watched newscast in America. In 2013, TV Week called him one of the “12 to Watch in TV News” he was listed as one of People Magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive in 2014.
David Muir Age
David was born on November 8, 1973 in Syracuse, New York. He is 44 years old as of year 2018.
David Muir Height
Muir stands at a height of 1.8 m.
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Muir was born to parents Ronald Muir and Pat Mills on November 8, 1973 in Syracuse, New York to a Roman Catholic family , he was brought up in Onondaga Hill, and is fluent in Spanish.
He has one older sibling and two younger step siblings, as well as six nieces and three nephews. When he was a child, he watched ABC News’ flagship program each night with his family, and credits longtime anchor Peter Jennings as his biggest journalistic influence.
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According to rumors David Muir was in a romantic relationship with Gio Benitez, a journalist who is his colleague. Some sources says that these rumors circulated with tales about Muir visiting gay bars with Benitez.
Later his colleague Gio Benitez got married to his boyfriend Tommy Didario. So far there are no clear information about David Muir being a gay or he was just hanging out with his colleague. Apart from gay speculation nobody can confirm if Muir has ever been married.
David Muir Education
Muir graduated from Onondaga Central Junior-Senior High School in May 1991 and enrolled to the Park School of Communications at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in May 1995.
When he was still in college, he also attended the Institute on Political Journalism at the Fund for American Studies at Georgetown University and studied at the University of Salamanca in Spain with the Institute for the International Education of Students.
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Muir became an anchor of ABC News overnight news program World News Now, in August 2003. Muir also became anchor of ABC News’ early morning newscast World News This Morning (America This Morning).
From June 2007, Muir was the anchor of World News Saturday. In year 2006, and occasionally thereafter, Muir co-anchored the news-magazine Prime-time.
In February 2012, he became anchor for the weekend newscasts, and the broadcast was named World News with David Muir. He has been silently credited with a rise in the ratings of the weekend evening broadcasts. Later in March 2013, he was promoted to co-anchor ABC’s 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas.
David Muir WTVH Television
Muir worked as an anchor and a reporter at WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York From 1995 to 2000. His reports from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Gaza Strip following the 1995 assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin awarded him top honors from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
The Associated Press also honored Muir for Best Enterprise Reporting and Best Television Interview. The Syracuse Press Club recognized Muir as anchor of the “Best Local Newscast”, and he was voted one of the “Best Local News Anchors” in Syracuse.
David Muir WCVB Television
From 2000 to 2003, he served as an anchor and a reporter for WCVB television in Boston,this is where he won the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting and the National Headliner Award and Associated Press honors for his work tracing the path of the hijackers involved in the September 11, 2001, attacks. His was recognized by the Associated Press due to his news-anchoring and reporting
David Muir Net Worth |David Muir Salary
David Muir an American journalist and anchor has a Net worth of $7 million dollars . His annual salary is $5 million.
David Muir Awards
David has won many Emmys, Edward R. Murrow awards and Society of Professional Journalists honors. Apart from his alma mater in 2011, Muir has also given commencement speeches at Northeastern University in 2015 and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018.
In 2017 he was honored by Temple Adath Yeshurun in his hometown of Syracuse with Citizen of the Year and in the same year, he was named one of People’s Sexiest Newsmen.
As for his career, Muir told Central New York Magazine: “I think I was always a curious kid. It’s a business driven by curiosity. If you don’t want to go out and learn about the world and see the place, it’s the wrong business.
But if you do…I’ve had an unbelievable front row seat.” In March 2016, he released a year-long report on the heroin crisis in America, winning a CINE Golden Eagle Award for his reporting.
David Muir Nationality|Ethnicity
Muir is an American , born in Syracuse, New York, United States of America. David was raised in Onondaga Hill, hence he knows how to speak Spanish. He was born to American parents. He holds a mixed ethnicity of Sicilian/Italian, English, Scottish, Irish and German.
David Muir on Modern Viewers
There are some news David probably won’t deliver on ABC. Recently, his “World News Tonight” became one of the most-watched programs on the network and much of broadcast TV. From the time he joined the evening newscast as anchor in 2014, the program has experienced what ABC executives might call a happy reversal. More people are watching overall, an intriguing feat given some of the audience challenges that evening news programs have faced over the decades. In an interview with Variety, David explains what modern viewers want from evening news shows and offers some insight into how he handles matters behind the desk and in the field.
Variety: Critics say the evening news is less relevant than it was in an earlier age. But you’ve brought new viewers to your show. What do you think the broadcasts need to do to keep audiences interested?
David Muir: It is interesting, because I think what we are doing at the end of the day in this moment, in this era, is quite traditional. I recognize that people are bombarded all day long – from the moment the wake up, with their phones and the headlines and the tweets, and they check their emails throughout the day. They get bits and pieces of the news. At the end of the day, we have a responsibility to break through the noise, to cut through it all and essentially to say, ‘What’s the bottom line here? What do folks at home need to know about any given story?’ I think that in this era of a saturated media environment , if people are coming to you, we owe them more than ever to really deliver on that responsibility. I’m grateful the viewers seem to be responding, but with that comes an even greater responsibility to make sure at the end of the day, If they are taking time out of their incredibly hectic busy day, that we do what it is they expect of us.
Variety:How important do you think digital extensions are, and how have you and ABC worked to make “World News Tonight” more available in new formats?
David Muir:I think it’s really important. I think as many places as you can find for content, as far as I’m concerned, that’s balanced, that’s careful, that benefit the viewer, and so I think what we try to do with a number of social media arms is put bits and pieces of the news in as many places as we can whether that be Facebook or Instagram or Hulu, where you can now see “World News Tonight.” I think it’s vital. …But people are also coming to us on TV despite the fact they have all these other avenues. While we are focused on how do we reach more people and in different ways, we also can’t take our eye off of the reality that people still come to us in a very traditional way. They are expecting a conversation at the end of the day.
Variety:You gained access into a heavily damaged Notre Dame Cathedral before anyone else. How did you make that happen?
David Muir:Rarely is there a moment that really is universal or lands with everyone the same way. I thought this was one of those moments. It took my breath away. … If there were any way to get into the cathedral to show what has been salvaged and whether there’s hope that it could be resurrected, if you will, then I [wanted] to get in, and so we immediately and quietly began working on that. It was chilling. We walked in the back of the cathedral and the spire was still sitting there in the middle. They allowed us in and we had a lot more access than we expected, but there was awareness of where they would not allow us to walk, because of the giant craters in the roof above us. I will never forget there was a statue of the Virgin Mary that used to sit on a column in the front of the cathedral that had not been moved for centuries. It was on this pedestal and it was something that you looked up at in the cathedral. The French general who allowed us to look in took me to the back of the church and he said, “ I want you to see something.” We were looking into the eyes of the Virgin Mary and he says, “You are doing something people have not done for centuries. You are looking into the Virgin Mary’s eyes. She has never been at this level. She has always been on the column.”
Variety:You’ve made it a point to travel overseas frequently during your tenure. Why do you think viewers want to see the anchor get out from behind the desk?
David Muir:Well, honestly, I hope that people recognize that’s sort of my DNA. I was a reporter for many years before I got a shot at what I am doing now. I think if I didn’t do that, people would say, “What happened to this guy?”
Variety:You do a lot of end segments for the broadcast that focus on little victories, Americana and moments of triumph. Do you think every half hour needs to end on a hopeful note?
David Muir:There is a void right now, I think, and that void is the connective tissue in our country, what brings us together. I know from doing this job and from traveling around the country and doing these small town stories there’s a lot more than people have in common than what separates them. I think people are hungry for that despite the polarizing voices you hear at both ends of the spectrum that fill the vacuum. I think we have tried to in a quiet and steady way point out the fact that we all have a lot in common and we do care and it’s important that we respect everyone’s opinion, but recognize that people do care. They care about their neighbors. They care about the country. And we signal that at the end of every night. On the nights we don’t do that, people miss it and I hear about it.
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David Muir Best Ratings In A Generation
ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir in 2018 he returned his show to its place as the nation’s most watched TV news broadcast with an emphasis on breaking news and an emotional connection with viewers.
Ailsa Chang, Host:
Four years ago, ABC News named David Muir as anchor of “World News Tonight.” Since then, Muir has made the broadcast very much his own. As NPR’s David Folkenflik reports, the newscast has just gotten its best ratings in a generation.
David Folkenflik: Byline: At just 44 years old, David Muir is actually the longest serving anchor among the big three network newscasts. And the man does like to go out in the field.
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David Muir: The nuclear plant shutting down tonight right in the path of the hurricane – we’re live up and down the coast.
Folkenflik: He conducted a virtual town hall with the pope from the Vatican in Spanish. He interviewed President Obama in Cuba and landed President Trump’s first TV news interview in office. This spring, Muir reported on Syrian refugees from Lebanon.
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David Muir: So you’re trying to save at least part of their childhood?
Unidentified Person: Exactly, yeah.
David Muir: Do you fear though that this is sort of the lost generation?
Folkenflik: As a boy 30 years ago in Syracuse, N.Y., David Muir had his own dreams.
David Muir: I wanted to see the world. And I don’t think as a 12 or 13 year old you really recognize what you mean by that.
Folkenflik: He wrote to a local TV station. An anchor wrote back.
David Muir: He said something like, you know, competition in television news is keen. There’s always room for the right person. It could be you. That meant the world to me.
Folkenflik: Muir says he was lugging around camera tripods for reporters by 13 and that staffers made pencil notches on a wall in the newsroom to mark his growth. Stints in local TV led to a job at ABC as an anchor and traveling reporter. In 2014, Muir ascended to the lofty perch once held by Peter Jennings. By then, the anchor position had started to lose some of its stature. The monopoly the big TV networks had eroded. Muir says he’s trying to ensure that his newscast maintains its relevance.
David Muir: People are inundated all day long from the moment they get up in the morning when they check their iPhone or their smartphone, and they have headlines on it already. And they get tweets tweeted at them all day long. I do think people are hungry for someone to break through the noise. And I think it’s made the 6:30 newscast actually more valuable.
Folkenflik: Muir also enjoys guest hosting on lighter ABC programs, such as “Good Morning America” and “Live With Kelly And Ryan.” Former ABC News correspondent Judy Muller says this when asked about Muir.
Judy Muller: Extremely attractive – the camera loves him, clearly a good presence on television.
Folkenflik: Statistics from the TV news analyst Andrew Tyndall suggest Muir’s successes relied not on soft news but on a local news formula – with a focus on crime, natural disasters and other video-friendly stories. Muller takes exception to Muir’s approach.
Muller: The network news shows, especially ABC, have shortened all their reports. It’s a verb-free zone – people fleeing, rivers flooding, factions fighting. There are no verbs. It’s all gerunds to give the sense of breathlessness. And it’s all very exciting and all very rushed and all done on the cheap.
Folkenflik: Muir says he pushes for some stories to run short, so he can devote more time to more complex pieces. Traditionalists like Muller say they chafe at the way Mure personalizes the news. In this piece, Muir sings a lullaby with a Syrian child refugee named Hoda.
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David Muir: Is this your bed?
Hoda, climbing up under her bed with this song.
Hoda: (Singing in foreign language, laughter).
Folkenflik: Muir says it’s a gift to be able to present stories on “World News Tonight.” And he says people respond.
David Muir: I go through my email on the subway. And if I look up, I generally will have someone just waiting to catch my glance. And they’ll smile. And I recognize that they know who I am from the news or whatever.
Folkenflik: Muir enjoys his celebrity and also mocks it.
David Muir: But there was a gentleman sitting next to me. And I look up, and he said, are you – and I said yeah. And he said, well, what happened today? And I found myself doing the news all over again on the subway. So, you know, I’ll do the news anywhere. I have been since I was, you know, 13 years old. So that’s not going to change.
Folkenflik: David Folkenflik, NPR News, New York.
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