David Wright

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ABC News correspondent David Wright has traveled the world as a foreign correspondent, covering major news events in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, India and... Read More »

ABC News correspondent David Wright has traveled the world as a foreign correspondent, covering major news events in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, India and Asia for "World News With Charles Gibson," "Nightline" and "Good Morning America."

Wright chronicled Barack Obama's historic bid for the Democratic nomination, traveling with the campaign for the better part of a year. During the general election, he was assigned to cover Republican candidate Sen. John McCain.

Wright has been to Iraq more than a dozen times. He reported from Baghdad before the U.S. invasion and has since visited every major city in the country. His reports from Baghdad and Fallujah, part of ABC's ongoing "Where Things Stand" project, shared a 2004 Emmy Award. His extensive reporting from Afghanistan was cited by the judges of the George Foster Peabody Awards as part of ABC's overall coverage of Sept. 11 and its aftermath, while his coverage of the Darfur genocide in Sudan won a 2005 Emmy Award as well as an Overseas Press Club Award.

Keeping a close eye on the faltering efforts to foster peace in the Middle East, Wright has reported from Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, as well as Lebanon, Syria, Jordan and Egypt. During Israel's 2006 war against Lebanon, he landed in Beirut just hours before the airport came under attack. He stayed for the duration of the conflict, and for most of that time was ABC's only reporter in Lebanon.

Through his work at ABC News, Wright has had some remarkable life experiences -- hiking the Hindu Kush in the dead of winter, tracking polar bears on the shores of Hudson Bay and sitting face to face with mountain gorillas in Congo. His job has also, on occasion, given him a front row seat to history. He reported from Kabul the morning the Taliban fell, and from St. Paul the night Obama became the first black person to win his party's nomination for president. The night Pope John Paul II died, Wright reported the news live from the Vatican. As white smoke proclaimed the election of Pope Benedict XVI, he was again live in St. Peter's Square, as ABC's papal coverage went on to win the 2006 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Award. Fortuitously, Wright also met his future bride on that assignment.

Wright joined the network in November 2000 as a correspondent for ABC News' Los Angeles bureau. Before that, he was a political reporter and a substitute anchor for KRON, then the NBC affiliate in the Bay Area. He began his career in public radio as a reporter and anchor at WBUR-Boston and KQED-San Francisco, where he hosted the award-winning statewide broadcast "The California Report." He was also a frequent contributor to NPR nationally.

Born in Buffalo, Wright graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College and earned a master's degree at Merton College, Oxford. He and his wife, Victoria, live in Washington, D.C., with their daughter, Deanna.

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The hidden meanings behind the designs, colors of the 'The Handmaid's Tale' costumes
David Wright and Aude Soichet
May 04, 2018 08:25 PM Story from Entertainment David Wright and Aude Soichet, ABC News
Man searches for Caribbean treasure using a secret map left by NASA astronaut
SUZANNE YEO and DAVID WRIGHT
Apr 10, 2017 09:18 AM Story from US SUZANNE YEO and DAVID WRIGHT, ABC News
A pregnant teen in a class by herself
DAVID WRIGHT and SALLY HAWKINS
Jun 30, 2017 08:39 AM Story from US DAVID WRIGHT and SALLY HAWKINS, ABC News
'The Handmaid’s Tale' author Margaret Atwood on President Donald Trump's America: 'We’re not living in Gilead yet, but there are Gilead-like symptoms going on'
David Wright, Aude Soichet and Alexa Valiente
May 04, 2018 02:42 PM Story from Entertainment David Wright, Aude Soichet and Alexa Valiente, ABC News
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The Bizarre Controversy Surrounding 'Tickled,' a Documentary About Making Competitive Endurance Tickling Videos
DAVID WRIGHT and IGNACIO TORRES
Jul 01, 2016 01:28 PM Story from Entertainment DAVID WRIGHT and IGNACIO TORRES, ABC News
Bikram Yoga Founder Accuser Awarded Over $7M in Sexual Harassment Suit Feels 'Vindicated'
DAVID WRIGHT and BEN NEWMAN
Jan 27, 2016 04:36 PM Story from US DAVID WRIGHT and BEN NEWMAN, ABC News
On the Campaign Trail With Former KKK Leader David Duke
Former Ku Klux Klan grand wizard David Duke has shed the Klan robes and closed his KKK-themed store, but his message hasn’t changed, not even in his Senate bid.
Oct 27, 2016 01:55 PM Story from Politics DAVID WRIGHT and VICTORIA THOMPSON, ABC News
'Game of Thrones' Dothraki Inventor Talks Origin, Season 3's New Language
David Peterson Says Dothraki Is Up to About 3,700 Words
Mar 29, 2013 06:43 PM Story from Entertainment DAVID WRIGHT, ABC News
Pope Francis, a New Messenger for the Catholic Church
DAVID WRIGHT
Dec 18, 2013 06:06 PM Story from International DAVID WRIGHT, ABC News
Papal Conclave 2013 Not Politics as Usual
DAVID WRIGHT
Feb 24, 2013 09:37 AM Story from International DAVID WRIGHT, ABC News
Vatican Preps Sistine Chapel With Jamming Device, Stove for White Smoke
DAVID WRIGHT
Mar 06, 2013 09:05 AM Story from International DAVID WRIGHT, ABC News
Cardinal Keith O'Brien Resigns Amid Sexual Misconduct Allegations
DAVID WRIGHT
Feb 25, 2013 06:38 AM Story from International DAVID WRIGHT, ABC News
Aboard the P-8 Poseidon Plane Searching for Malaysian Jetliner
DAVID WRIGHT
Mar 20, 2014 07:40 AM Story from International DAVID WRIGHT, ABC News
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