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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Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter discuss their 'extraordinary' 75-year marriage
By Steve Osunsami and Meredith Deliso
July 5, 2021 Story from US Steve Osunsami, Meredith Deliso , ABC News
Facing racism: Activists in Arkansas chase down KKK leader with BBQ and a protest
By Steve Osunsami, Matt McGarry, Laura Coburn and Anthony Rivas
October 8, 2020 Story from US Steve Osunsami, Matt McGarry, Laura Coburn, Anthony Rivas , ABC News
Identical twins separated at birth reunited 36 years later
By Tommy Brooksbank, Steve Osunsami, Elizabeth Harrison and Stacy Rollins
April 16, 2021 Story from GMA Tommy Brooksbank, Steve Osunsami, Elizabeth Harrison, Stacy Rollins , ABC News
Black Americans are leaving their homes to start their own all-Black communities
By Ashley Schwartz-Lavares and Steve Osunsami
September 30, 2020 Story from US Ashley Schwartz-Lavares, Steve Osunsami , ABC News
Trump, Georgia Secretary of State Raffensperger's call 'disappointing,' GOP Lt. Gov. says
By Anthony Rivas and Steve Osunsami
January 5, 2021 Story from Politics Anthony Rivas, Steve Osunsami , ABC News
Black Trans Lives Matter: Activists call for inclusion in racial justice movement
By Kiara Brantley-Jones , Steve Osunsami and Ashley Schwartz-Lavares
October 20, 2020 Story from US Kiara Brantley-Jones , Steve Osunsami, Ashley Schwartz-Lavares , ABC News
The Gap Band’s Charlie Wilson discusses hit song's connection to 1921 Tulsa massacre
By Jinsol Jung, Jenny Wagnon Courts, Tonya Simpson and Steve Osunsami
April 6, 2021 Story from US Jinsol Jung, Jenny Wagnon Courts, Tonya Simpson, Steve Osunsami , ABC News
'It's OK to say you were wrong,' a movement in Virginia to cover up racist tattoos
By Steve Osunsami, Laura Coburn and Allie Yang
October 8, 2020 Story from US Steve Osunsami, Laura Coburn, Allie Yang , ABC News
Voting rights advocate Stacey Abrams calls out 'voter suppression' during in-person early voting
By Jasmine Brown, Kelly Landrigan, Steve Osunsami and Haley Yamada
October 14, 2020 Story from US Jasmine Brown, Kelly Landrigan, Steve Osunsami, Haley Yamada , ABC News
ABC News' Steve Osunsami writes letter to his younger self for National Coming Out Day: 'You're going to find true love'
By Steve Osunsami
October 9, 2020 Story from GMA Steve Osunsami , ABC News
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