It was in 1991 when Syracuse native David Muir graduated as Salutatorian from Onondaga Central High School. Since then, Muir has embarked upon countless journeys in the world of TV media -- a career ambition that began at age 12.
Beginning as a WTVH-TV 5 intern in the late 1980s, Muir worked his way to becoming an illustrious anchor and reporter alongside Syracuse legends Maureen Green and the late Ron Curtis. He earned awards from The Associated Press, The Syracuse Press Club and was voted one of Syracuse's Best News Anchors by the readers of "The Syracuse New Times."
Muir's next move landed him in Boston, Mass. where he distinguished himself as an award-winning anchor and correspondent for the ABC affiliate, WCVB-TV.
He spent a month in the Middle East reporting on the war in Iraq, which, according to ABC News, helped earn the station the prestigious National Headliner Award. He also covered the 2000 presidential election recount in Florida, and furnished extensive accounts on the sexual abuse scandal within the Boston Archdiocese.
In August 2003, Muir joined ABC News. He began as anchor of the overnight news program "World News Now" then quickly transitioned into one of the network's lead correspondents on several high-profile domestic and international stories.
Muir is now anchor of "Word News Saturday," co-anchor of "Primetime," and reports for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including "World News with Charles Gibson," "Good Morning America," "20/20" and "Nightline."
Eagle Bulletin/DeWitt Times editor Tami S. Zimmerman recently caught up with Muir to discuss his inspiration, high points and advice he gives to aspiring journalists. Here's what he had to say:
When did you decide you wanted to become a reporter/journalist? What or who inspired you?
I was 12 years old when I first wrote a letter to the late Syracuse newsman Ron Curtis asking how to prepare myself for a career as a broadcast journalist. It was not long before I received his response and my first visit to Channel 5 soon followed.