Charles Gibson returned to "Good Morning America" to relaunch the broadcast with Diane Sawyer on Jan. 18, 1999. He previously co-anchored the morning program from 1987 to 1998. In addition, Mr. Gibson was also co-anchor of "Primetime Thursday," now known as "Primetime Live," and continues to serve as a substitute anchor on "World News Tonight."
On "Good Morning America," Mr. Gibson covers "front page" events and issues. In 2005, he traveled to Vatican City to report on the death of Pope John Paul II and was the first morning television anchor to report live from inside the walls of CIA headquarters. There, Mr. Gibson had a wide-ranging exclusive interview with CIA Director Porter Goss. In addition, Mr. Gibson interviewed President Bush at his Crawford, Texas, ranch the week before the 2004 presidential election and also sat down with former President Clinton for a candid conversation about his memoir, "My Life." Mr. Gibson continues to interview newsmakers regularly.
On the political beat, Mr. Gibson has interviewed each of the last seven American presidents and has anchored many broadcasts from Republican and Democratic national conventions as well as presidential inaugurations. In 2004, Mr. Gibson was chosen to moderate the 90-minute town-hall style debate between President Bush and Sen. John Kerry that was watched by 47 million people around the country.
Mr. Gibson also continually covers news on the domestic front. In February 2003, he anchored "Good Morning America" from the Johnson Space Center in Houston to report on the loss of the space shuttle Columbia. There, Mr. Gibson brought breaking news reports to the viewers of "Good Morning America," detailing the horrific tragedy that affected the entire country. In addition to his reporting for "Good Morning America," Mr. Gibson won an Emmy Award for his July 2003 hour-long "Primetime Thursday" investigation titled "Columbia Final Mission."
As co-anchor of "Primetime Thursday," Mr. Gibson covered many news stories. On the 10th anniversary of the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, Texas, Mr. Gibson interviewed young survivors of David Koresh's cult in a special hour-long "Primetime Thursday" report, and in 2004, Mr. Gibson sat down with major league baseball legend Pete Rose for an interview that made national headlines, as it was the first time Rose admitted that he had bet on baseball.
Anchoring "Good Morning America" on Sept. 11, 2001, Mr. Gibson, along with Ms. Sawyer, began the network's award-winning coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center. For ABC News' first anniversary coverage of Sept. 11, Mr. Gibson interviewed Vice President Dick Cheney about the aftermath of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the decision to seek presidential authorization to shoot down aircraft over American soil. Mr. Gibson's hour-long "Moments of Crisis" report captured the many powerful memories of the day from those in the national leadership at the White House, the Pentagon and on Capitol Hill. Mr. Gibson also interviewed Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld during a live, historic broadcast from the Pentagon on Sept. 9, 2002.