Kofman also covers Cuba, which he has visited half a dozen times, reporting on the impact of the long embargo between the U.S. and that country. He was also among the first group of journalists reporting from the U.S. base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, when Afghan prisoners of war were first brought there in January 2002.
His extensive work covering instability in developing countries has given him special insights into the challenges of establishing stable democracies in Third World nations.
Kofman's work for ABC News has been recognized with an Edward R. Murrow Award, a DuPont Award and a special Emmy Award for ABC's coverage of the attacks on Sept. 11, 2001. Kofman came to ABC News from CBS News, where he was a correspondent in the network's New York Bureau. At CBS he reported for the "CBS Evening News" and "Sunday Morning," covering stories from Moscow, London and across the U.S. Before joining CBS, he was a correspondent at CBC National News in Toronto.
During his 11 years at the CBC, Kofman was host of an award-winning weekly current affairs program, anchor of the CBC's Toronto newscast, a network radio host, and subanchor for the CBC's flagship nightly network newscast, "The National." He has won several major Canadian journalism awards, including the National Media Human Rights Award for a groundbreaking 1987 CBC documentary on AIDS discrimination. He began his television career at Global Television News in Toronto in 1982.
Kofman speaks French and Spanish. Born in Toronto, he is a graduate of Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, where he studied political science.