Charles Gibson returned to Good Morning America to co-anchor with Diane Sawyer in January of 1999. In addition, he is a co-anchor of PrimeTime Thursday. Gibson had been an anchor of Good Morning America from January, 1987-May, 1998.
Charles Gibson returned to Good Morning America to co-anchor with Diane Sawyer in January 1999. He previously co-anchored the morning show with Joan Lunden from 1987 to May 1998. In addition, Mr. Gibson became a weekly anchor for “20/20” in February 1999, after the launch of 20/20 Monday.
On Good Morning America, Mr. Gibson covers “front page” events, various issues and newsmakers. In April 2000, Mr. Gibson covered the fifth anniversary of the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma. He was on the scene in April 1995 after the bombing, and returned to cover the first anniversary and the conviction of Timothy McVeigh. In July 1999, Mr. Gibson reported from Hyannisport, Massachusetts, after the crash of John F. Kennedy Jr.’s plane. In April 1999, Mr. Gibson covered the Columbine High School shootings in Littleton, Colorado.
Mr. Gibson has broadcast from the sites of the Republican and Democratic national conventions. He has also covered presidential inaugurations and has interviewed each of the last six American presidents. Recently, Mr. Gibson conducted open dialogues with President Clinton during Good Morning America’s 1999 and 2000 White House town meetings on teen violence and guns.
Mr. Gibson has also interviewed leaders from around the globe, including Tony Blair, Yasir Arafat and Nelson Mandela. In November 1995, Mr. Gibson interviewed Leah Rabin just hours after the funeral of her husband, Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin. During a week of live broadcasts from Saudi Arabia and Bahrain in 1990, Mr. Gibson celebrated Thanksgiving with U.S. troops serving in Operation Desert Shield prior to the start of the Gulf War.
Mr. Gibson’s notable guests from the creative world recently included acclaimed author and screenwriter John Irving, musical legend Elton John, and leading ladies Whoopi Goldberg and Jodi Foster. In March 2000, Mr. Gibson covered the Academy Awards from Los Angeles for the third time, interviewing Oscar winners Kevin Spacey, Michael Caine and Angelina Jolie.
An enthusiastic sports fan, Mr. Gibson gave Good Morning America’s audience a preview of Super Bowl XXXIV from Atlanta’s Georgia Dome in January 2000. For ABC Sports’ pre-game show, he interviewed the opposing coaches, Dick Vermeil of the St. Louis Rams and Jeff Fisher of the Tennessee Titans. In July 1999, Mr. Gibson interviewed the U.S. Women’s soccer team, champions of the World Cup. In September 1998, two nights before St. Louis Cardinal Mark McGwire’s record-breaking 62nd homerun of the season, Mr. Gibson anchored an ABC News primetime one-hour special, “Chasing History,” from the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York.
Mr. Gibson became well-known to television viewers as a reporter 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 at the House of Representatives for ABCNEWS from 1981 to 1987. On Capitol Hill, Mr. Gibson covered Tip O’Neill and the Democratic handling of President Ronald Reagan’s legislative agenda. As a general assignment correspondent for ABCNEWS from 1977 to 1981, he reported on a broad spectrum of major national news, including investigations of the Central Intelligence Agency and various economic stories. From 1976 to 1977, Mr. Gibson was a White House correspondent for ABC News. During that time, he covered Gerald Ford’s 1976 presidential campaign.
Mr. Gibson came to ABCNEWS in 1975 from a syndicated news service, Television News Inc. (TVN), 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. Prior to joining WJLA-TV, he had been news director for WLVA-TV and Radio in Lynchburg, Virginia. 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 the Michigan Journalism Fellows 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, awarded to Princeton alumni “who have made a major contribution to American society.”.
Mr. Gibson, a native of Evanston, Illinois, grew up in Washington, D.C. He and his wife, Arlene, now live in New York. They have two daughters.