Don Dahler was named correspondent for ABCNEWS in February 1999. He provides national and international news reports for all ABCNEWS programs.
Since joining ABCNEWS, Dahler has covered many of the biggest stories of the day, including the war in Kosovo, the school shootings at Columbine, the Oklahoma City tornadoes, and the presidential electoral recounts.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Dahler was the first network correspondent to report live from the scene of the World Trade Center attacks, giving eyewitness descriptions from the first moments of the tragedy. He continued reporting day and night from Ground Zero through the following two weeks of rescue and recovery attempts.
Dahler was among the first American journalists to enter Afghanistan prior to U.S. military action against the Taliban regime. His subsequent reports focused on the battlefield activities of the Northern Alliance and, once the American air campaign started, their rapid push southward towards Kabul. He filed live reports on the weeklong siege of Konduz around the clock for Good Morning America, World News Tonight, ABCNEWS Radio, and ABCNEWS.com.
In the summer of 2002, Dahler, a Nightline producer, and camera crew, slipped across the Syrian border into northern Iraq for a series of exclusive reports on the Kurds. They were the first American television journalists to visit the region in 10 years.
Dahler covered the war in Iraq as an embedded journalist with the 101st Airborne, traveling and living with the Army soldiers, going on foot-patrols and aerial assaults alongside the front-line troops. Using state-of-the-art technology, Dahler often filed live television reports from the field with equipment he carried in his backpack.
From 1997-1999, Dahler served as a correspondent for NBC News, assigned to CNBC's West Coast bureaus. He provided long-form reports on the business of the sports and entertainment industries for the evening magazine show Business Center. In addition he covered breaking news and provided live business reports for CNBC's daytime news programs. From 1996-1997 he worked as a general assignment reporter for the Fox News Channel in New York, where he did investigative pieces and covered national news events.
Prior to becoming an on-air correspondent, Dahler was a producer for 48 Hours at CBS News. He wrote and produced show segments and coordinated various hourlong programs.
For nine years Dahler produced, wrote and hosted documentaries, nature films and syndicated specials through his production company, traveling extensively throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. From 1982 to 1985 he was a reporter for WGHP-TV in High Point, N.C.
Dahler has earned numerous awards, including a 1993 National Emmy Award for News and Documentary, a CINE Golden Eagle, and a bronze medal from the New York Film and TV Festival. He was a crucial part of ABC News' 2001 Peabody and DuPont award-winning coverage of 9/11.
Dahler holds a bachelor of science degree in History (summa cum laude) from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.