Steve Osunsami

Steve Osunsami
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Steve Osunsami is an award-winning Senior National Correspondent for ABC News based in Atlanta, Georgia. He contributes reports to “World News with David Muir,” “Good... Read More »
Steve Osunsami is an award-winning Senior National Correspondent for ABC News based in Atlanta, Georgia. He contributes reports to “World News with David Muir,” “Good Morning America,” “Nightline,” “ABC News Live” and other ABC News broadcasts, platforms and prime time specials. He began his career at ABC News as a correspondent for NewsOne, the news division’s affiliate news service, in April 1997. Osunsami is one of the network’s longest serving correspondents. In 1998, Osunsami began filing reports for “World News Tonight with Peter Jennings,” primarily covering the southeastern U.S. That year, he began reporting on the first racially charged murder case of his network career, the dragging death of James Byrd Jr in Texas. Osunsami interviewed the white supremacist convicted in the killing, while the killer was on death row. For more than two decades, Osunsami has reported on the social justice issues of our time- racial discrimination, the wrongly imprisoned, gay marriage, the rights of Trans Americans, and the debate over the policing of black and brown communities. Most recently in 2021, Osunsami led the team that investigated the Tulsa Race Massacre of 1921, producing a ground-breaking podcast for ABC News Audio, telling the story to a mass audience for the first time. In the summer of 2020, Osunsami reported on the racial unrest following the police killing of George Floyd for various ABC News prime time specials. Osunsami also reported extensively on the COVID-19 pandemic, the economic effects of the statewide shutdowns, and the search for a vaccine throughout 2020. In August of 2014, he was the first network reporter on the scene of the racially charged police shooting in Ferguson, Missouri, and led the network’s coverage of the story. He was also part of ABC News’ Murrow Award-winning reporting team that covered the Baltimore riots in 2015, after the arrest and death of Freddie Gray. That same year, Osunsami led coverage of the racially explosive police shooting death of Walter Scott in South Carolina. He also led the network’s coverage of the mass shooting by a white supremacist inside a historic black church in Charleston. He then went on to lead the reporting on South Carolina’s decision to remove the confederate battle flag from their statehouse, a story Osunsami has followed for nearly two decades. In 2000, Osunsami was the first ABC News reporter on the ground in Florida during the presidential election recount of that year. Twenty years later, he led the network’s reporting on the hotly debated elections in Georgia, where the vote gave control of the US Congress to Democrats. He also reported on major weather tragedies, including Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the struggle to rebuild New Orleans after the storm nearly destroyed the city. In 2011, he reported on the Alabama tornados that killed more than 200 people; and he’s reported on more than two dozen hurricanes over the years. Osunsami’s extensive feature reporting has covered the issue of missing black children who are ignored by police and the press. He has also reported on stories of survival and resiliency. Osunsami was a correspondent for the Emmy® Award-winning broadcast of “ABC 2000: The Millennium,” and has received dozens of awards for his work from the National Association of Black Journalists and the Columbia School of Journalism in 2002 where they recognized his insightful and consistent reporting on racial and ethnic issues. Prior to joining ABC News, Osunsami was a reporter in Seattle for the ABC affiliate KOMO-TV, and a reporter and substitute anchor for the NBC affiliate WOOD-TV in Grand Rapids, Michigan. For his work at WOOD-TV, he was recognized several times with awards from the Associated Press and the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He began his career in journalism at WREX in Rockford, Illinois, where he was a reporter. Born in Washington D.C., and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Osunsami graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. He is the son of Nigerian immigrants. Osunsami participated in the Head Start pre-school program for children of poverty, and in his adulthood has received awards from the program. He is married to Joe Remillard, an artist and art professor at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.« Read Less
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Why don’t we remember Willie Thrower?
Long before Patrick Mahomes, there was Willie Thrower, the first Black quarterback in the modern NFL.
February 9, 2024 Video from GMA ABC News
Black farmer looks to rethink stigma of picking cotton
By Steve Osunsami, Brianti Downing, Osej Serratos and Ivan Pereira
February 23, 2024 Story from US Steve Osunsami, Brianti Downing, Osej Serratos, Ivan Pereira , ABC News
Medical experts sound the alarm on growing diabetic amputations among Black patients
By Steve Osunsami, Brianti Downing, Lindsey Griswold, Milan Miller and Ivan Pereira
February 19, 2024 Story from Health Steve Osunsami, Lindsey Griswold, Milan Miller, Ivan Pereira , ABC News
Pell Grants offer prison inmates a chance to pursue a college education
By Steve Osunsami, Stephanie Lorenzo, Erin Brady and Aria Young
February 8, 2024 Story from US Steve Osunsami, Stephanie Lorenzo, Erin Brady, Aria Young , ABC News
Black Alabamans say highway project caused major flooding, threatening their community
By Jared Kofsky, Maia Rosenfeld and Steve Osunsami
October 31, 2023 Story from US Jared Kofsky, Maia Rosenfeld , Steve Osunsami , ABC News
'It shattered my life': Victims' families still grieving after arrests in NYC druggings
By Steve Osunsami, Zach Fannin, Sally Hawkins and Allie Weintraub
August 29, 2023 Story from US Steve Osunsami, Zach Fannin, Sally Hawkins, Allie Weintraub , ABC News
Water troubles in rural Waterproof, Louisiana, deepen infrastructure crisis
By Jared Kofsky, Tonya Simpson and Steve Osunsami
April 20, 2023 Story from US Jared Kofsky, Tonya Simpson, Steve Osunsami , ABC News
Supreme Court takes on what critics call predatory tax foreclosure practice
By Steve Osunsami, Laura Romero, Dr. Mark Abdelmalek and Doug Vollmayer
April 27, 2023 Story from US Steve Osunsami, Laura Romero, Dr. Mark Abdelmalek, Doug Vollmayer , ABC News
Alabama town's first Black mayor claims he's been locked out by white predecessor
By Steve Osunsami, Nathan Smith, Brittany Gaddy and Allie Weintraub
September 6, 2023 Story from Politics Steve Osunsami, Nathan Smith, Brittany Gaddy, Allie Weintraub , ABC News
Alabama accused of 'highway robbery' following flooding of predominantly-Black community
By Jared Kofsky, Maia Rosenfeld and Steve Osunsami
October 31, 2023 Story from US Jared Kofsky, Maia Rosenfeld , Steve Osunsami , ABC News
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