Ann Compton

Ann Compton

Ann Compton
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Ann Compton is now covering a sixth president for ABC News in a career that has taken her to the White House, Capitol Hill and through eight presidential campaigns. She... Read More »
Ann Compton is now covering a sixth president for ABC News in a career that has taken her to the White House, Capitol Hill and through eight presidential campaigns. She is the national correspondent for ABC News Radio in Washington, D.C. Currently, Compton is the president of the White House Correspondents' Association, coordinating coverage and access issues with the White House staff. On Sept. 11, 2001, Compton was the only broadcast reporter allowed to remain aboard Air Force One during the dramatic hours when President Bush was unable to return to Washington. Weeks after the Watergate scandal came to an end, Compton became the first woman assigned to cover the White House on a full-time basis by a network television news organization, and she was one of the youngest to receive the assignment. Reporting for all ABC News broadcasts, Compton has traveled around the globe and through all 50 states with presidents, vice presidents and first ladies. Twice during campaigns, she was invited to serve as a panelist for presidential debates (1988 and 1992), and she was assigned as a floor reporter at the 1976 Republican and Democratic National Conventions. In 2000, Compton became chief Washington correspondent for ABCNews.com, where she wrote and anchored a daily political column, "On Background." Compton began her broadcasting career in Virginia, where an internship at Hollins College (now University) led to a full-time job reporting for WDBJ TV, a CBS affiliate in Roanoke. She established a State Capitol Bureau in Richmond for the station. In 1973, ABC News hired her, and she reported from New York until December 1974, when she was assigned to the White House. Compton was part of the team that was awarded the prestigious Silver Baton Alfred I. duPont Columbia University Award for the network's coverage of Sept. 11, 2001. Her coverage of Sept. 11 events was also recognized in ABC News' Emmy and Peabody Awards. She was inducted to the Museum of Broadcasting's Radio Hall of Fame in 2005 and in 2000 into the Journalism Hall of Fame by the Society of Professional Journalists. She was chairman of the governing board of the Radio Television Correspondents Association in 1987-88, and served on the advisory board of the Freedom Forum Media Studies Center in New York. She says her most valued award is a golden statuette from the National Mothers' Day Committee naming her a Mother of the Year in 1988. Compton is married to Dr. William Hughes, a physician in Washington, D.C., and they are the parents of three sons and a daughter. « Read Less
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Memories of George H.W. Bush: Family was his focus
By Ann Compton
December 1, 2018 Story from Politics Ann Compton , ABC News
REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Catching the Last Flight on Air Force One
By ANN COMPTON
September 2, 2014 Story from Politics ANN COMPTON , ABC News
Mississippi Man Arrested in Ricin Scare
By PIERRE THOMAS, JACK DATE, ANN COMPTON, JIM AVILA and JEFF ZELENY
April 17, 2013 Story from Politics PIERRE THOMAS, JACK DATE, ANN COMPTON, JIM AVILA and JEFF ZELENY , ABC News
3 Secret Service Agents Sent Home for Excessive Drinking
By ANN COMPTON
March 26, 2014 Story from US ANN COMPTON , ABC News
Obama Vows 'We Will Find Out Who Did This'
By CHRIS GOOD, SARAH PARNASS, SHUSHANNAH WALSHE, JONATHAN KARL, PIERRE THOMAS, ANN COMPTON, JEFF ZELENY, SUNLEN MILLER and JOHN PARKINSON
April 15, 2013 Story from Politics CHRIS GOOD, SARAH PARNASS, SHUSHANNAH WALSHE, JONATHAN KARL, PIERRE THOMAS, ANN COMPTON, JEFF ZELENY, SUNLEN MILLER and JOHN PARKINSON , ABC News
Tim Kaine's Wife Anne Holton Said They Were 'Laughing Hysterically' After His DNC Speech
By ANN COMPTON
July 28, 2016 Story from Politics ANN COMPTON , ABC News
Helen Thomas Dead: Pioneering White House Journalist Dies at 92
By MATTHEW LAROTONDA and ANN COMPTON
July 20, 2013 Story from Politics MATTHEW LAROTONDA and ANN COMPTON , ABC News
White House Unsure What Files Edward Snowden Has
By JAMES GORDON MEEK, JONATHAN KARL, ANN COMPTON and CHRISTOPHER GOOD
June 27, 2013 Story from Blotter JAMES GORDON MEEK, JONATHAN KARL, ANN COMPTON and CHRISTOPHER GOOD , ABC News
Netanyahu Extends Washington Visit as U.S., Israel Disagreements Persist
By KIRIT RADIA, ANN COMPTON, and KAREN TRAVERS
March 24, 2010 Story from Politics KIRIT RADIA, ANN COMPTON, and KAREN TRAVERS , ABC News
Secret Service Scandal: President Obama Calls for 'Thorough, Rigorous' Investigation
By PIERRE THOMAS, JAKE TAPPER, ANN COMPTON and REENA NINAN
April 15, 2012 Story from Politics PIERRE THOMAS, JAKE TAPPER, ANN COMPTON and REENA NINAN , ABC News
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