Biography -- Ned Potter covers science and technology for ABC News. His reporting has taken him to 49 states and five continents, from Alaska's North Slope to the rain forests of South America.
He has reported on such subjects as space exploration, the Internet, the war on terrorism, the human genome, climate change and the implications of new technology. Many of his reports are part of the "Closer Look" segment on "World News"; he also reports for "Nightline" and "Good Morning America."
As ABC News has expanded into digital platforms, Potter has become a regular contributor to ABCNEWS.com and other outlets beyond broadcasting.
He has covered many key moments in the history of science and technology. He was there for some of the first space shuttle flights, and again for the very last. He reported on the rise of Google and the death of Steve Jobs. An archival search shows that early in his career, he may have been the first person to use the word "cellphone" on a national news broadcast.
From 1988 to 1996, he was environmental correspondent for "American Agenda," a "World News" segment that regularly covered major public issues. From 1997 to 2000, in addition to his work for "World News," he reported for "Discovery News," a weekly science news program produced by ABC News for the Discovery Channel.
Potter, an ABC News correspondent since July 1987, came from CBS News, where he was a correspondent in the Chicago and Boston bureaus from 1980 to 1987. His assignments there included science and technology, labor and national politics.
Among other honors, he has won the duPont-Columbia Award for excellence in broadcast journalism, the Emmy Award, the Headliner Award, a Genesis Award and the CINE Golden Eagle Award. He shared in the Peabody Award that ABC News earned for its coverage of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks. He also shared in the Edward R. Murrow Award that "World News Tonight" won for best news broadcast in 2004.
He's written articles for New York magazine, The Chicago Tribune and other publications. Subjects have included personal computers, telecommunications, and medical ethics.
A graduate of Princeton University with a bachelor's degree in the history of science, he is married and has two children.