Brad Mielke ABC News Official Biography

Host, “Start Here” podcast

Brad Mielke is an award-winning ABC News correspondent based in New York and hosts ABC’s daily news podcast “Start Here,” which takes a straightforward look at the day’s top news in 20 minutes.

Brad has interviewed some of the country’s biggest newsmakers including President Donald Trump, Vice President Kamala Harris, Pete Buttigieg, Steve Mnuchin, Marco Rubio, Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, James Comey, Bill Gates, Dr. Anthony Fauci and more. Since its launch in March 2018, “Start Here” has covered the world's biggest events, and taken in-depth looks at how they shape American lives, earning an Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Innovation along the way.

During the 2016 election, he served as a Campaign Digital Journalist, where he traveled the country interviewing candidates and voters. Since then, he has remained on the front lines of ABC’s political coverage, hosting several politics shows on ABC Radio and covering political stories across the country.

On ABC News Digital, Brad reports on breaking news events. He has also taken viewers behind-the-scenes of “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” on Facebook Live and even hosted “Bachelor Forecast,” a digital recap for ABC’s diehard “Bachelor” fans.

In 2015, Brad won an Edward R. Murrow award for his inventive, sound-rich documentary on extreme obstacle course racing – suffering a lot of aches and pains in the process.

Prior to his time at ABC News, Mielke worked at New York Public Radio, where he helped produce The Takeaway. A native of San Juan Capistrano, California, he graduated with a journalism degree from New York University. He lives with his wife and dog in Brooklyn.

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