Charles Gibson is anchor of ABC's flagship broadcast "ABC's World News," as well as the network's principal anchor for breaking news, election coverage and special events. He is one of the most distinguished journalists in television with more than forty years' experience, thirty-three of those at ABC News.
Since being named anchor of "World News" in May 2006, Mr. Gibson has reported from around the country and the world. During the 2008 election cycle, he has covered the pivotal primaries and caucuses, reporting from the scene in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Texas. He moderated back-to-back presidential debates in Manchester, NH just days before the first-in-the-nation primary in that state. Prior to Pennsylvania's highly anticipated primary, Mr. Gibson moderated a Democratic debate at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, which was the most-watched debate of the entire primary cycle. This summer, he reported from the Democratic and Republican National Conventions and has conducted several wide-ranging interviews with the presidential candidates.
Domestically, Mr. Gibson has reported from the campus of Virginia Tech following the devastating school shooting; from Southern California when the massive wildfires were burning out of control; and aboard Air Force One, where he conducted a wide-ranging interview with President George Bush. When violence broke out between Israel and Hezbollah in 2006, Mr. Gibson traveled to the region and reported from both sides of the conflict. He also reported from Amman, Jordan on the highly anticipated meeting between President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Before being named anchor of "World News," Mr. Gibson was co-anchor of "Good Morning America." He returned to "GMA" to re-launch the broadcast with Diane Sawyer on January 18, 1999. He previously co-anchored the morning program from 1987 to 1998. In addition, he was also co-anchor of "Primetime Thursday," now known as "Primetime," from 1998 to 2004.
At "Good Morning America," Mr. Gibson reported on many of the pivotal events that have shaped our world. Anchoring the morning broadcast on September 11, 2001, Mr. Gibson, along with Ms. Sawyer, began the network's award-winning coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. In February 2003, he anchored "GMA" from the Johnson Space Center in Houston following the loss of the Space Shuttle Columbia. In addition to his Columbia tragedy reporting on "GMA," Mr. Gibson won an Emmy for his hour-long "Primetime Thursday" investigation entitled "Columbia Final Mission."
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 continued to follow the story on multiple return visits to Oklahoma City, including a "Primetime Thursday" hour, "American Terrorist: In His Own Words," in March 2001.
In 2005, Mr. Gibson traveled to Vatican City to report on the death of Pope John Paul II, anchoring the network's coverage of the Pope's funeral and the election of Pope Benedict XVI. ABC's coverage was later recognized with a duPont-Columbia Award.