ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir is on the cover of this week’s edition of Broadcasting & Cable. The host of TV’s most-watched evening newscast sat down with B&C’s Mike Malone for a wide-ranging Q&A. He recalls his early days at ABC News, which included reporting during the infamous Northeast blackout of 2003:
I was a week into the job, and it was the blackout of the Northeast. They’d hired me to be the overnight anchor and a correspondent. I was anchoring when the blackout happened. We had very little power in the building – we were operating on generators and there was no teleprompter and no monitors so I couldn’t see what was actually airing.
I was on the air for hours. Times Square was dark, so they brought the Good Morning America team uptown. And I remember, when I signed off after hours of this coverage and said, ‘For many of you, Good Morning America is next,” people in the newsroom stood up and started clapping. I turned around and it was the Good Morning America team and I couldn’t believe it. I mean, it was Charlie [Gibson] and Diane [Sawyer] and the team. After that, I felt as though I was off and running here.