Ron Claiborne is a general assignment correspondent based in Boston who reports for World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, Nightline, World News Tonight Saturday/Sunday, and Good Morning America. He is also a frequent contributor to ABC News Radio.
He has previously worked in the New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Miami bureaus, and has also covered stories in the Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, Haiti, China and Europe.
Claiborne has covered such stories as the legalization of gay marriage in Massachusetts, the Boston Catholic Church scandal in 2002, the Elian Gonzalez custody case in Miami in 1999 to 2000, the Yugoslavia conflict in Belgrade in 1999, the 2000 Bush presidential campaign and the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign, and the 1991 Persian Gulf War.
During the 2003 war with Iraq, Claiborne was embedded on the USS Abraham Lincoln. He has also covered the post-war occupation of Iraq in 2004.
Prior to joining ABC News in 1986, he had been a general assignment correspondent for WNYW-TV, New York.
Claiborne was part of the ABC News team that won a 2000 Emmy Award for coverage of the seizure of Elian Gonzalez in Miami. In 2003, he was an Ochberg Fellow with the Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma, affiliated with the University of Washington.
As a reporter for the New York Daily News from 1980 to 1982, Claiborne covered New York metropolitan news, city politics, City Hall and state government. Previously he was a reporter and editor for United Press International in New York, from 1977 until 1980. He began his journalism career at the Richmond (California) Independent in 1976.
Claiborne earned an MS in journalism in 1975 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He received a BA in psychology from Yale University in 1974. He is a native of San Francisco.