David Muir Biography

David Muir is an American correspondent who presents ABC World News Tonight and co-anchors of ABC News magazine 20/20, both of which are part of the ABC news department in New York City. He formerly worked as a weekend journalist and principal substitute anchor for Diane Sawyer on ABC’s World News Tonight before succeeding her on September 1, 2014. Muir has earned several Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for his national and international reporting at ABC News.

His news reporting garnered the most airtime in 2012 and 2013, according to the Tyndall Report, making him one of America’s most recognizable journalists. World News Tonight with David Muir is now the most-watched news program in America. TV Week named him one of the “12 to Watch in TV News” in 2013. In 2014, he was named one of People magazine’s Sexiest Men Alive.

How old is David Muir? – Age

He was born on 8 November 1973 in Syracuse, New York, United States. He is 48 years as of 2021.

Where did David Muir go to school? – Education

Muir graduated from Onondaga Central Junior-Senior High School in May 1991 and later attended Ithaca College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism magna cum laude in May 1995. Muir then interned at Syracuse’s WTVH-TV throughout high school. Muir was motivated by a lecturer who told him he had “the cut of a TV Newsman” while he was in college. Muir spent a semester at Georgetown University’s Fund for American Studies Institute on Political Journalism and then another semester with the Institute for International Education of Students at the University of Salamanca in Spain.
Muir worked as a reporter and anchor for Syracuse’s WTVH for five years after college. Following the killing of Israel’s Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, he broadcasted from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and the Gaza Strip. The Radio-Television News Directors Association, the Associated Press, and the Syracuse Press Club all recognized his work.
In 2000, he moved to a top 10 market in Boston as a correspondent for WCVB. There, he won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for a piece he wrote about the 9/11 hijackers’ plans.

David Muir – Family

He was born into a Roman Catholic family in Syracuse, New York, grew up in Onondaga Hill, and speaks Spanish, as seen by his work, including interviews with Pope Francis and Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico. His parents, Ronald Muir (dad) and Pat Mills (mom) had a daughter named Rebecca before him. David is also said to have six nieces and three nephews.

Muir Wife

David Muir is supposed to be in a romantic relationship with Gio Benitez, a coworker and fellow journalist. Rumors have been circulating about Muir going to gay bars with Benitez. No one has confirmed or denied that David Muir is gay or that he socializes with his coworker.
Aside from LGBT rumors, no one knows whether David Muir has ever been married. It’s safer to presume he doesn’t have a girlfriend or wife.

David Muir The ABC News journalist
David Muir The ABC News journalist

What is David Muir Salary?

Muir earns an annual estimated salary of $5 million.

David Muir Net Worth

He receives a net worth of $20 million.

David Muir Career

Muir joined ABC News in August 2003 as the anchor of the overnight news show World News Now and quickly rose through the ranks to become the network’s lead reporter. In February 2011, he was made the sole anchor of the weekend show World News with David Muir, as well as the primary stand-in for the nightly show World News with Diane Sawyer. When Sawyer shifted his attention to enterprise reporting and primetime specials in 2014, Muir took over the weekday program, renaming it World News Tonight with David Muir, and serving as both anchor and managing editor.

On September 2, 2014, he made his first official broadcast.

World News Tonight broke a 21-year skid and became the most-watched evening newscast in September 2017 under Muir’s leadership, which hadn’t happened since Jennings was at the helm. In the May 2018 ratings sweeps, the program remained the most-watched nightly newscast.

Notable Accounts

One of David Muir’s most notable recent interviews was being the first to interview Donald J. Trump following his inauguration on January 25, 2017. The interview was “awkward,” Muir subsequently told WCVB.
Muir was the sole journalist to interview President Barack Obama on his March 2016 visit to Cuba and to speak with Apple CEO Tim Cook when the business and the FBI couldn’t agree on how to unlock the phone of the San Bernardino shooter.

He’s also conducted an inside-the-Vatican interview with Pope Francis and then moderated a town hall with him, all in Spanish.

Muir has reported from Tehran, Mogadishu, Gaza, Fukushima, Guantanamo Bay, Amman, and the Hungarian and Syrian borders, and is not afraid to get to the heart of a story.

He’s also covered two Olympic Games: the 2008 Summer Games in Beijing and the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.


Muir has received numerous Emmy Accolades, Edward R. Murrow Awards, and Society of Professional Journalists awards. Muir gave commencement speeches at Northeastern University in 2015 and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018.

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