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,... 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 Tonight," "Good Morning America" and "Nightline," and ABC News' digital properties, including ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW and ABCNews.com. He is currently covering transportation issues.

Most recently Kerley has reported on the disappearance of MH370, breaking news worldwide that systems on the aircraft were intentionally shut off.

Kerley has traveled to every continent expect Antarctica for ABC News, following Presidents, and has reported on the war in Iraq. He's covered two 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.

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, 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.

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.

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 National and Regional Emmy Awards, a Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards for coverage at ABC News.

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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Jul 21, 2015 07:15 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Why This Fourth of July Could Be Among the Deadliest in Recent Years on the Highways
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Jul 03, 2015 09:04 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
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World War II-Era Plane Makes Emergency Landing
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May 08, 2015 02:15 PM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Following Malaysia Airlines Tragedy, Is It Safe to Fly?
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Jul 30, 2014 08:50 AM Story from International DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
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Nov 18, 2014 05:45 PM Story from Politics DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
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Mar 06, 2014 12:36 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
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Feb 11, 2014 09:12 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
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Feb 10, 2014 09:16 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Plane Passenger Detained Over Ominous Hot Spot Names
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Sep 12, 2014 09:44 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Meth-Like Substance Found in 'Craze' Workout Supplement: Report
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Oct 15, 2013 03:07 AM Story from Health DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Passengers 'Lifted From Seats' as Jet Veered From Skydiving Plane
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Jul 02, 2013 01:48 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
Report Details Dreamliner Battery Fire
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Mar 08, 2013 02:39 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
US Listing of Cars Affected by Takata Airbag Recall Not Updated Yet
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May 20, 2015 05:54 PM Story from Business DAVID KERLEY and ENJOLI FRANCIS, ABC News
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