David Kerley

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David Kerley is a correspondent for ABC News based in Washington, DC. Kerley, who joined the network in 2004, contributes regularly to all ABC News broadcasts, including... Read More »

David Kerley is a correspondent for ABC News based in Washington, DC. Kerley, who joined the network in 2004, contributes regularly to all ABC News broadcasts, including "World News," "Good Morning America" and "Nightline," and ABC News' digital properties, including ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW and ABCNews.com.

Most recently Kerley has reported on the 2012 Republican Presidential race. He also covered the battles over health care reform, the debt crisis and battles over taxes on Capitol Hill. He's traveled to every continent expect Antarctica for ABC News, following Presidents, and reporting on the war in Iraq.

Since joining ABC News, Kerley has covered breaking news stories, including recently Hurricane Irene as it slammed into the Northeast. He's reported on several deadly mining disasters in West Virginia and was the first ABC Correspondent on the scene of the Virginia Tech shooting.

During a half dozen assignments in Iraq, Kerley covered the beginning of the "Sons of Iraq" movement which helped end hostilities. He was there as U.S. forces handed control over to the Iraqi military. Kerley broke news on adulterated products from China (lead paint on toys and contaminated pet food), and has reported from China on several occasions. While he hasn't made it to Antarctica, he did report from the Arctic as a U.S. Navy submarine broke through the ice as part of a rare operation.

In August 2005, he covered Hurricane Katrina from the eye of the storm as it came ashore in Biloxi, Miss. Following Katrina, he reported from Key West, Fla., as Hurricane Rita made landfall, and weeks later in Cancun, Mexico, he and his crew rode out more than 51 hours of Hurricane Wilma's Category 4 winds.

Prior to joining ABC, Kerley spent more than 20 years anchoring and reporting in several cities. Most recently he was the primary anchor at WBBM-TV in Chicago, where he covered breaking news, including the terrorist attacks of September 11th and the 1999 Chicago blizzard.

In 1995 he anchored several hours of coverage from Oklahoma City in the hours and, days after, the bombing of the Federal building. His in depth reporting has included stories on the technology boom, genetically engineered crops, African American Islam, American Neo-Nazis and the U.S. military.

Kerley has been honored with two Emmy Awards. His story on those affected by the devastating fires in Southern California in 1993 was named Best Spot News Reporting, and he was honored for Best Public Affairs Broadcast for a WBBM program on the controversial expansion of Chicago's airport.

Before his work in Chicago, Kerley worked for stations in Seattle, Boise and Santa Maria, California. He received a Bachelor of Sciences degree in journalism from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. A native of Southern California, Kerley and his wife, Janet, have two children.

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Following Malaysia Airlines Tragedy, Is It Safe to Fly?
DAVID KERLEY
Jul 30, 2014 08:50 AM Story from International DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Researchers Want Odd Ocean Recording Included in Malaysian Flight Search
David Kerley
Jun 04, 2014 05:27 PM Blog Entry from News David Kerley, ABC News
Hoping to Speak to IRS Agent About Taxes? Be Prepared to Wait
David Kerley
Apr 11, 2014 05:41 PM Blog Entry from Business David Kerley, ABC News
Malaysia Airlines Mystery May Never Be Solved, Officials Say
DAVID KERLEY and DAN GOOD
Apr 02, 2014 07:51 AM Story from International DAVID KERLEY and DAN GOOD, ABC News
'Natural' vs 'Organic': How Food Labels Deceive
David Kerley
Feb 17, 2014 05:12 PM Blog Entry from Travel David Kerley, ABC News
Serial Killer? Cops See Possible Link to 3 Fatal Shootings
DAVID KERLEY
Mar 06, 2014 12:36 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
FBI Aims Crackdown at Airplane Laser Pranks
DAVID KERLEY
Feb 11, 2014 09:12 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Serial Killer Feared After Virginia Shooting
DAVID KERLEY
Feb 10, 2014 09:16 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
House Spent About $2M of Taxpayers' Money on Coffee, Pastries
David Kerley
Jun 25, 2013 04:53 PM Blog Entry from Politics David Kerley, ABC News
Child Care Takes Flight With 'Flying Nannies'
David Kerley
Sep 03, 2013 07:57 AM Blog Entry from Travel David Kerley, ABC News
Washington Watchdog: $14M Wasted on Broadband Effort in W.Va. Alone
David Kerley
Aug 28, 2013 03:05 PM Blog Entry from Politics David Kerley, ABC News
$20M Wasted? Two U.S. Agencies Tasked With Inspecting Catfish
David Kerley
Aug 27, 2013 11:00 AM Blog Entry from Business David Kerley, ABC News
Report Details Dreamliner Battery Fire
DAVID KERLEY
Mar 08, 2013 02:39 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Highway Deaths Rise May Highlight Need for Newer Cars, Safer Technology
David Kerley
Feb 27, 2013 04:54 PM Blog Entry from Technology David Kerley, ABC News
TSA Agent Gets Past Newark Airport Security With Hidden Fake Bomb
David Kerley
Mar 08, 2013 06:41 PM Blog Entry from News David Kerley, ABC News
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