David Kerley

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David Kerley is the Senior Transportation Correspondent for ABC News based in Washington, DC. Kerley, who joined the network in 2004, contributes regularly to all ABC... Read More »

David Kerley is the Senior Transportation 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.

Kerley broke the news worldwide that some systems on missing jetliner MH370 were intentionally shut off. He recently has covered the Volkswagen emissions cheating story, as well as the Takata airbag recall.

Kerley has traveled to every continent except Antarctica for ABC News, following Presidents, covering 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.

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.

During a half dozen assignments in Iraq, Kerley covered the beginning of the "Sons of Iraq" movement which helped end hostilities. Kerley broke news on adulterated products from China (lead paint on toys and contaminated pet food), and has reported from China on several occasions.

Kerley has been honored with National and Regional Emmy Awards, a Peabody, and Edward R. Murrow awards for coverage at ABC News. His reporting on government spending earned him the prestigious Joan Barone award from the Capitol Hill Radio and Television Correspondents Association.

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.

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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Authorities rescue 3 trapped in West Virginia coal mine since Saturday
David Kerley and Marissa Parra
Dec 13, 2018 01:14 AM Story from Politics David Kerley and Marissa Parra, ABC News
What does Martian wind sound like? Now we know
Soo Youn and David Kerley
Dec 08, 2018 11:01 AM Story from Technology Soo Youn and David Kerley, ABC News
NASA astronaut Anne McClain feels 'confident' flying aboard Russian Soyuz
David Kerley and Alexis Scott
Nov 10, 2018 08:11 AM Story from Politics David Kerley and Alexis Scott, ABC News
Even as Lion Air jet's black box is found, some answers may be back in the United States
Jeffrey Cook and David Kerley
Nov 01, 2018 04:18 AM Story from US Jeffrey Cook and David Kerley, ABC News
Lion Air pilots battled doomed jet's computerized safety system, black box shows
David Kerley and Jeffrey Cook
Nov 28, 2018 12:35 PM Story from Politics David Kerley and Jeffrey Cook, ABC News
Feds approve new high chair safety standards
David Kerley
Jun 12, 2018 06:26 PM Story from US David Kerley, ABC News
American Airlines sued after passenger who suffered midflight emergency dies
BENJAMIN SIU and David Kerley
Apr 26, 2018 06:12 PM Story from US BENJAMIN SIU and David Kerley, ABC News
FAA to order new engine inspections after fatal Southwest accident
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Apr 19, 2018 02:03 PM Story from US JEFFREY COOK and David Kerley, ABC News
Catching the flu on purpose, for science
DAVID KERLEY & JEFFREY COOK
Feb 23, 2018 08:35 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY & JEFFREY COOK, ABC News
Fresh off Falcon Heavy, Elon Musk launches broadband test satellites
DAVID KERLEY and ERIN DOOLEY
Feb 21, 2018 04:14 PM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and ERIN DOOLEY, ABC News
1st SpaceX passenger: 'I choose to go to the moon!'
News' David Kerley following the announcement. "I like to do the things that never have been done
Sep 18, 2018 03:21 AM Story from Technology Soo Youn and David Kerley, ABC News
Plane Flies Too Close to Air Force One Near Palm Beach
DAVID KERLEY and ERIN DOOLEY
Feb 08, 2017 02:27 PM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and ERIN DOOLEY, ABC News
Are biometric scans the checkpoint of the future?
DAVID KERLEY and JEFFREY COOK
Mar 17, 2017 11:58 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and JEFFREY COOK, ABC News
Video shows Kansas City International Airport confrontation with pilot, passenger
DAVID KERLEY and MORGAN WINSOR
Apr 20, 2017 11:42 AM Story from US DAVID KERLEY and MORGAN WINSOR, ABC News
Terror threat to US rail puts law enforcement on alert
Pennsylvania Transit Authority, told ABC News' David Kerley, that drones are "a great way for us
Nov 26, 2017 03:33 PM Story from Politics ERIN DOOLEY and DAVID KERLEY, ABC News
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