In November 2001, Mr. Gibson and the "Good Morning America" team joined the 5,000 officers and crew of the USS Enterprise for a special live broadcast from the deck of the aircraft carrier as it returned to Virginia from the last leg of Operation Enduring Freedom in the Persian Gulf. Before the first Gulf War in 1990, Mr. Gibson celebrated Thanksgiving with U.S. troops serving in Operation Desert Shield during a week of live broadcasts from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain.
In June 2001, at the Oklahoma City National Memorial, Mr. Gibson anchored ABC's live coverage of the Timothy McVeigh execution. He had reported from the scene when the Murrah Federal Building was bombed in April 1995, and he continued to follow the story on multiple return visits to Oklahoma City, such as in March 2001, for a "Primetime Thursday" hour, "American Terrorist: In His Own Words."
Mr. Gibson has interviewed leaders from around the globe, including Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, the late Yasir Arafat and Nelson Mandela. He traveled to Israel in April 2002 to cover the crisis of suicide bombings, and reported from Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, in October 2000 to cover the Middle East peace summit. Just hours after the funeral of Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, Mr. Gibson conducted a live interview with widow Leah Rabin at her home in Tel Aviv. In April 1999, he reported from Macedonia's tent cities on refugees from Kosovo.
Mr. Gibson first became familiar to television viewers as a correspondent on ABC's "World News Tonight With Peter Jennings," as an occasional substitute for Ted Koppel as anchor on "Nightline," and as substitute anchor on "World News This Morning."
Mr. Gibson was chief correspondent covering the House of Representatives for ABC News from 1981 to 1987. On Capitol Hill, Mr. Gibson covered Tip O'Neill and the Democratic handling of President Reagan's legislative agenda. On general assignment for ABC News from 1977 to 1981, Mr. Gibson reported on a wide array of national news, including investigations of the CIA, as well as economic stories. As a White House correspondent for ABC News from 1976 to 1977, he covered Gerald Ford's presidential campaign.
Mr. Gibson came to ABC News in 1975 from a syndicated news service, Television News Inc., which he joined in 1974. He covered President Nixon's resignation and the subsequent Watergate conspiracy trials for TVN.
From 1970 to 1973, Mr. Gibson was an anchor and reporter for WJLA-TV (then WMAL-TV), the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. Before joining WJLA-TV, he had been news director for WLVA-TV and Radio in Lynchburg, Va. His first job in broadcasting was Washington producer for RKO Network in 1966.
The National Endowment for the Humanities named Mr. Gibson a National Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan in 1973, and he has served as a board member of this program, now known as the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, since 1988.
Mr. Gibson is a graduate of Princeton University, where he was news director for the university's radio station, WPRB-FM. He was honored with the 1992 John Maclean Fellowship, which is awarded to Princeton alumni "who have made a major contribution to American society."
Mr. Gibson, a native of Evanston, Ill., grew up in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Arlene, live in New York. They have two daughters.