Nov. 13, 2008 -- Mike Von Fremd is an ABC News correspondent based in the Network's Los Angeles bureau. He reports for all broadcasts and platforms, including "World News with Diane Sawyer," "Nightline," and "Good Morning America."
Prior to his post in the Los Angeles bureau, Mr. Von Fremd was based in the network's Dallas bureau. His recent assignments have included covering the Iraq war from Baghdad and Hurricane Katrina from New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. He also reported on the collapse of Enron and the trial of Andrea Yates, who was convicted of drowning her five children.
Mr. Von Fremd was part of the team that received an Emmy award for "World News Tonight Saturday's" broadcast the day Elian Gonzalez was taken from his Miami relatives and returned to his father, and was part of the team that received the Edward R. Murrow award for the "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings'" broadcast the day President Clinton was impeached.
During his career, Mr. Von Fremd has covered the crisis in Haiti, operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia and Iraq, and the fall of the "Iron Curtain" in East Berlin. He covered the tragedy in Union, South Carolina when Susan Smith drowned her two young sons, the rescue of Jessica McClure from a well in Midland, Texas, and the Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska.
In 1981 Mr. Von Fremd was assigned to the White House, where he reported on the first term of President Ronald Reagan. He covered the daily activities and policies of the Reagan administration, accompanying President Reagan on his domestic and international travels.
From 1980 to 1981, Mr. Von Fremd was ABC News' Senate correspondent. At the time, he reported on a variety of legislative issues, including President Reagan's budget proposals and plans to restructure the Social Security system.
Prior to his Congressional assignment, Mr. Von Fremd was a general assignment reporter for ABC in Washington and Chicago. While assigned to the Chicago bureau, he reported such stories as the Ford Motor Company Pinto trial and the closing of steel mills in Youngstown, Ohio.
Before serving as a correspondent for ABC News, Mr. Von Fremd was a Washington producer for the Network's evening news for a year and a half. He produced an 11-part "Special Assignment" series, "Second to None," with Ted Koppel in April 1979, which won the duPont-Columbia award.
Mr. Von Fremd came to ABC after spending eight years at CBS News' Washington bureau. From 1976 to 1978 he was a producer for the "CBS Morning News" and the weekend news, and was an assistant director for CBS Sports.
He graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in history in 1974. Mr. Von Fremd is a native of Washington, D.C.