David Muir Biography
David Muir (born November 8, 1973) is an Emmy Award-winning American journalist who currently works as the anchor of the nightly news show, “ABC World News Tonight with David Muir.” In addition, he co-anchors the ABC News magazine “20/20,” part of the news department of the ABC broadcast television network, located in New York City.
Previously, Muir worked as the weekend anchor and primary substitute anchor on ABC’s World News Tonight with Diane Sawyer, after which she took over on September 1, 2014. At ABC News, David has garnered numerous Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for his national and international journalism.
In addition, according to the Tyndall Report, David’s news reporting earned the most airtime in 2012 and 2013, making him one of America’s most visible journalists. World News Tonight with David Muir has become America’s most-watched newscast. In 2013, he was named one of the “12 to Watch in TV News” by TV Week. Moreover, in 2014, David was named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive.
David Muir’s Career
From 1994–2000, David served at WTVH-TV in Syracuse, New York, as an anchor and reporter. Following the assassination of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, Muir’s reporting from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, Israel, and the Gaza Strip garnered him top honors from the Radio-Television News Directors Association.
Muir received awards from the Associated Press for Best Enterprise Reporting and Best Television Interview. He was named the “Best Local Newscast Anchor” by the Syracuse Press Club. He was also named one of the “Best Local News Anchors” in Syracuse.
Similarly, Muir worked as an anchor and reporter for WCVB television in Boston from 2000 to 2003. While there, he earned the regional Edward R. Murrow Award for investigative reporting. He also received 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 news anchoring and reporting were also acknowledged by the Associated Press.
David joined ABC News in August 2003 as the anchor of the overnight news program World News Now. He also became the anchor of ABC News’ early morning newscast World News This Morning (America This Morning).
He also became the anchor of ABC News’ early morning newscast World News This Morning (America This Morning). Muir was the anchor of World News Saturday beginning in June of 2007. He co-anchored the newsmagazine Primetime in 2006 and occasionally thereafter.
Muir became the weekend news anchor in February 2012, and the show was named “World News with David Muir.” Davi has been silently credited with boosting the ratings of the weekend evening broadcasts. David was promoted to co-anchor ABC’s 20/20 with Elizabeth Vargas in March 2013.
David was inside the New Orleans Superdome when Hurricane Katrina hit in September 2005. He remained in New Orleans to report on the emerging humanitarian tragedy. His reporting revealed and highlighted the deteriorating conditions inside the Convention Center and Charity Hospital. David and his photographer waded through chest-deep water for blocks in search of patients stranded within the hospital.
Furthermore, Muir reported the Israeli battle with Hezbollah from the Israeli-Lebanon border in October 2006. He was in Gaza in March 2007 to report from within the Gaza Strip on the Hamas coup. Muir was dispatched to Peru in October 2007 following the worst earthquake to strike the country in more than two decades.
David also reported from Ukraine in September 2008, more than two decades after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. Muir and Sawyer reported on guns in America for 20/20 in April 2009, with “disturbing results,” according to the New York Daily News.
David’s reporting on 20/20 in May 2009 revealed a huge increase in the number of homeless children in America. Muir traveled to the Gulf of Mexico several times to investigate the BP oil spill. He returned to Haiti following the hurricane in April 2011 to report on the attacks on women.
Muir came to Haiti in January 2010 in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake, which orphaned tens of thousands of children and damaged the country’s buildings and essential services. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake killed about 220,000 people and injured many more. Since the disaster, he has returned to Haiti several times, exposing attacks on women and the escalating mental health problem in Port au Prince.
David reported from Tahrir Square in Egypt during the political revolution, and from Fukushima, Japan, following the tragic tsunami and nuclear power plant accident in June 2011. He wrote for the Daily Beast about his reporting from Mogadishu, Somalia, and his subsequent return, “Inside Somalia’s Crippling Famine.”
Muir also anchored many hours of the Newtown tragedy as it unfolded, and then reported from the site as President Obama visited the town. Muir also reported from the Aurora, Colorado movie theater mass shootings; Joplin, Missouri in the aftermath of a devastating tornado; and Tucson, Arizona after Congresswoman Gabby Giffords was shot and killed, along with six others.
Muir was one of ABC’s top correspondents for the 2012 U.S. Presidential election in November 2012. Muir’s interviews with Republican candidate Mitt Romney made national headlines in the United States on issues of economics and immigration policy.
Muir’s Emmy-nominated Made In America series on the American economy is still running on his show. Muir has introduced the show to other television shows, including ABC’s The View, where he has appeared as a guest co-host.
Additionally, Muir reported from inside Iran in the run-up to the nuclear talks in January 2013. He was the first Western journalist to report on the famine from Mogadishu, Somalia. While reporting from Mogadishu, Muir and his colleagues came under fire. He garnered the Edward R. Murrow Award for his reporting in 2013.
On June 27, 2014, ABC News announced that Muir would take over as anchor and managing editor of ABC World News in place of Diane Sawyer. Muir’s first broadcast was on September 1, 2014. In April 2015, “World News Tonight with David Muir” surpassed NBC Nightly News as the country’s most-watched evening newscast for the first time since September 7, 2009. David released a year-long report on America’s heroin crisis in March 2016, winning a CINE Golden Eagle Award for his work.
Furthermore, Muir took over as ABC News’ lead anchor of breaking news and special event coverage in 2021, a position previously held by GMA anchor George Stephanopoulos from 2014 to 2020.
David Muir Age
How old is David? David is 48 years old as of 2021. He was born David Jason Muir on November 8, 1973, in Syracuse, New York, the United States of America. In addition, he celebrates his birthday on the 8th of November every year and his zodiac sign is Scorpio. Moreover, Muir’s nationality is American and he belongs to mixed ethnicity (Sicilian/Italian, English, Scottish, Irish, German).
David Muir Parents
Muir is the son of Ronald Muir (father) and Pat Mills (mother). He was born on November 8, 1973, in Syracuse, New York, and was raised in Onondaga Hill. Muir was born into a Roman Catholic household and is fluent in Spanish, as seen by his interviews with Pope Francis and Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. David has one older sibling named Rebecca Muir, two younger step-siblings, six nieces, and three nephews.
David grew up watching ABC News’ flagship program with his family every night, and he credits longtime anchor Peter Jennings as his major journalistic influence. Muir graduated from Onondaga Central Junior-Senior High School in May 1991 and went on to Ithaca College, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in journalism with honors in May 1995.
Muir interned at WTVH-TV in Syracuse throughout high school. He was motivated while in college by a lecturer who told him he had “the cut of a TV newsman.” He spent a semester at Georgetown University’s Fund for American Studies’ Institute on Political Journalism and another semester abroad with the Institute for International Education of Students at the University of Salamanca in Spain.
David Muir Partner
Muir is single and unmarried as of June 2022, so he isn’t dating anyone right now. People think he is homosexual, but Muir has never openly discussed his sexuality. Muir was seen partying in a gay club in New York City with his colleague, Gio Benitez, on many occasions, fueling the assumptions.
On the other hand, Gio Benitez is open about being gay, and Muir is frequently seen with him. Although their relationship has not been confirmed, it is presumed that they are partners because they are frequently seen together.
David Muir Height
Muir stands at an average height of 5 feet 11 inches tall (1.8 m) and weighs 76 kg. In addition, he has dark brown hair color and brown eyes.
David Muir Salary
Muir receives an average annual salary of $5 million. He is one of the best-paid newsmen.
David Muir Net Worth
How much is David worth? Muir has an estimated net worth of $8 million as of 2022. His fortune stems from his successful career as a journalist and anchor.