David Muir Recalls His Days Anchoring ABC World News Now

By A.J. Katz Comment

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.