As co-anchor of "Primetime Thursday," Mr. Gibson covered a wide-range of other stories. On the tenth anniversary of the Branch Davidian stand-off in Waco, TX, he interviewed young survivors of David Koresh's cult in a special hour-long "Primetime" report. In 2004 he 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.
Mr. Gibson has interviewed each of the last seven American presidents, and has also anchored many broadcasts from Republican and Democratic national conventions, as well as presidential inaugurations. In 2004 he was chosen to moderate the 90-minute town hall style debate between President George W. Bush and Senator John Kerry that was watched by 47 million people around the country.
Additionally, he 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 in her home in Tel Aviv. In April 1999, he reported from Macedonia's tent cities for 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 anchor for Ted Koppel on "Nightline," and as substitute anchor on "World News This Morning." He served as chief correspondent at the House of Representatives for ABC News from 1981 to 1987. On Capitol Hill he covered Tip O'Neill and the Democratic handling of President Ronald 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 Central Intelligence Agency, 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. (TVN), which he joined in 1974. He covered President Nixon's resignation and the subsequent Watergate conspiracy trials for TVN. From 1970 to 1973, he was an anchor and reporter for WJLA-TV (then WMAL-TV), the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC. 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 this program, now known as the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan, since 1988. In April of 2006, he was awarded the prestigious Paul White Award from the Radio and Television News Directors of America. He received the Fred Friendly First Amendment Award from Quinnipiac University in June 2008.
Mr. Gibson is a graduate of Princeton University, where he was news director for the University's radio station, WPRB-FM.
A native of Evanston, Illinois, Mr. Gibson grew up in Washington, DC. He and his wife, Arlene, live in New York. They have two daughters and one grandson.
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