David Kerley

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David Kerley is the Senior Transportation Correspondent for ABC News based in Washington, DC. Kerley, who joined the network in 2004, contributes regularly to all ABC... Read More »

David Kerley is the Senior Transportation 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 Tonight," "Good Morning America" and "Nightline," and ABC News' digital properties, including ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW and ABCNews.com.

Kerley broke the news worldwide that some systems on missing jetliner MH370 were intentionally shut off. He recently has covered the Volkswagen emissions cheating story, as well as the Takata airbag recall.

Kerley has traveled to every continent except Antarctica for ABC News, following Presidents, covering Presidential campaigns and several Washington based political battles on Capitol Hill.

Since joining ABC News, Kerley has covered breaking news stories, including the shooting of Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, several deadly mining disasters in West Virginia, and was the first ABC Correspondent on the scene of the Virginia Tech shootings.

In August 2005, he covered Hurricane Katrina from the eye of the storm as it came ashore in Biloxi, MS. Following Katrina, he reported from Key West, FL 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.

During a half dozen assignments in Iraq, Kerley covered the beginning of the "Sons of Iraq" movement which helped end hostilities. Kerley broke news on adulterated products from China (lead paint on toys and contaminated pet food), and has reported from China on several occasions.

Kerley has been honored with National and Regional Emmy Awards, a Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards for coverage at ABC News. His reporting on government spending earned him the prestigious Joan Barone award from the Capitol Hill Radio and Television Correspondents Association.

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 11 and the 1999 Chicago blizzard.

Before his work in Chicago, Kerley worked for stations in Seattle, Boise and Santa Maria, California. He received a bachelor of science 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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TSA fails most tests in latest undercover operation at US airports
DAVID KERLEY and JEFFREY COOK
Nov 09, 2017 01:10 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and JEFFREY COOK, ABC News
Terror threat to US rail puts law enforcement on alert
Pennsylvania Transit Authority, told ABC News' David Kerley, that drones are "a great way for us
Nov 26, 2017 03:33 PM Story from Politics ERIN DOOLEY and DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Flight attendants say they're less vigorous about enforcing rules and fear being attacked
DAVID KERLEY and DANIEL STEINBERGER
Oct 12, 2017 07:38 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and DANIEL STEINBERGER, ABC News
Gun-Firing Drone Subject of Federal Investigation
DAVID KERLEY
Jul 21, 2015 07:15 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
World War II-Era Plane Makes Emergency Landing
DAVID KERLEY
May 08, 2015 02:15 PM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Why This Fourth of July Could Be Among the Deadliest in Recent Years on the Highways
DAVID KERLEY
Jul 03, 2015 09:04 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Drone Popularity Draws Concern From Pilots, Federal Officials
DAVID KERLEY
Oct 01, 2015 07:49 AM Story from Technology DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Are biometric scans the checkpoint of the future?
DAVID KERLEY and JEFFREY COOK
Mar 17, 2017 11:58 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and JEFFREY COOK, ABC News
Plane Flies Too Close to Air Force One Near Palm Beach
DAVID KERLEY and ERIN DOOLEY
Feb 08, 2017 02:27 PM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and ERIN DOOLEY, ABC News
Video shows Kansas City International Airport confrontation with pilot, passenger
DAVID KERLEY and MORGAN WINSOR
Apr 20, 2017 11:42 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News
NYC Airports: We Can No Longer Tolerate TSA's 'Inadequacy'
DAVID KERLEY and JEFFREY COOK
May 10, 2016 12:32 PM Story from Travel DAVID KERLEY and JEFFREY COOK, ABC News
Amtrak Engineer Was Distracted During Deadly Philly Crash, NTSB to Announce
DAVID KERLEY and MARGARET CHADBOURN
May 16, 2016 05:48 PM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and MARGARET CHADBOURN, ABC News
Air Traffic Controller Accidentally Sends Plane Close to Mountains: FAA
DAVID KERLEY and BECKY PERLOW
Dec 20, 2016 11:05 PM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and BECKY PERLOW, ABC News
NTSB Recovers Second Black Box, Video From Hoboken Train Crash
JEFFREY COOK and DAVID KERLEY
Oct 04, 2016 03:51 PM Story from US JEFFREY COOK and DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
US Listing of Cars Affected by Takata Airbag Recall Not Updated Yet
DAVID KERLEY and ENJOLI FRANCIS
May 20, 2015 05:54 PM Story from Business DAVID KERLEY and ENJOLI FRANCIS, ABC News
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