From DC Intern to Lead Anchor – Alumni Spotlight: David Muir

Before becoming a rising star at ABC and lead anchor of World News Tonight, David Muir was a stand out student in the TFAS Institute on Political Journalism (IPJ) program during the summer of 1993. During his time with IPJ, he interned with Department of Health and Human Services.


Muir (right) introduced keynote speaker Brit Hume (left) who was the White House correspondent for ABC News at the time.

The then Ithaca College student was selected among his peers to deliver a student testimonial during their commencement ceremony. Muir introduced keynote speaker Brit Hume who was the White House correspondent for ABC News at the time. During the introduction, he said he aspired to one day be included among Hume’s ranks.

Muir joined ABC News in August 2003 as anchor of the overnight news program “World News Now” and quickly moved on to become one of the network’s lead correspondents on several major domestic and international stories.

He recently shared advice on how to break into broadcast news, and mentioned his summer in DC with IPJ. In a 2007 interview, Muir credited his TFAS experience with preparing him for the fast paced environment of reporting.

“The intensity in the few short weeks at IPJ helped me prepare for a career that has taken me to the Middle East for the war in Iraq, to Capitol Hill for President Clinton’s impeachment trial and to Florida for the disputed 2000 Presidential race,” Muir said. “There are few programs that can inspire and engage aspiring journalists quite like the Institute on Political Journalism.”


Muir accepts the 2008 TFAS Alumni Achievement Award

In addition to receiving multiple Emmy and Edward R. Murrow awards for his reporting, Muir can count the TFAS Alumni Achievement Award among his accolades. TFAS presented Muir with the award during the IPJ Awards Ceremony at the National Press Club in 2008. During his acceptance remarks, Muir offered inspirational remarks to the budding journalists in the audience about his career and work with renowned reporters.

“We are proud to call David one of our own,” said Joe Starrs, director of the Institute on Political Journalism. “His success is a testament to the quality of our programs and the importance of our mission to prepare outstanding college students, like David was, for honorable leadership.”

Muir is one of 14,500 TFAS alumni who are forging careers in journalism, politics, government, public policy, business and philanthropy. IPJ seeks to develop journalists with economic literacy and high ethical standards. Through its internships program, IPJ gives aspiring journalists a leg up in their careers and helps them land positions in high profile mainstream media organizations.

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