Simon McGregor-Wood

ABC News’ Middle East Correspondent and Middle East Bureau Chief
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Simon McGregor-Wood is ABC News' Middle East Correspondent, as well as the news division's Middle East Bureau Chief; he is based in Jerusalem. In this dual role, he reports for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms and also oversees ABC News' editorial coverage of the region.

McGregor-Wood has reported widely on the peace process between Israel and the Palestinians, two Middle East visits by President George Bush, Hamas' control of the Gaza Strip, Israel's recent military operation inside Gaza, the visit of Pope Benedict XVI, as well as a wide range of stories in neighboring Arab countries including Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Egypt. He has also overseen coverage of and reported on the second Palestinian Intifada, Israel's Operation Defensive Shield, the death of Yasser Arafat, Israel's disengagement from Gaza and the Israeli-Hezbollah war during the summer of 2006.

McGregor-Wood was named ABC News' Middle East Bureau Chief in January 2002, responsible for the news division's coverage of the region, as well as correspondents' assignments in and around the area. Prior to his on-air assignment, he was a frequent contributor to ABC News broadcasts and platforms. In addition to his work in Israel and the surrounding area, McGregor-Wood has travelled widely throughout the Middle East.

McGregor-Wood joined ABC News in September 1988 as an associate producer in the London bureau. While there he was involved in ABC News' coverage of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the collapse of the Soviet Union, the Lockerbie air disaster and the first Gulf War. He spent 11 years in the bureau in a variety of roles, including production manager, morning news producer, field producer and senior assignment editor. As an assignment editor, he coordinated coverage of breaking news events in Europe and beyond. Following the East African Embassy bombings, McGregor-Wood spent a month in Kenya covering the aftermath and subsequent investigation, and he was in Paris the night that Princess Diana died in August 1997. During his time in London, he traveled extensively throughout the region, as well as to the Balkans, the Middle East, Europe and North Africa.

McGregor-Wood has worked for both Reuters TV and ITN London as a foreign editor. He serves on the board of the Foreign Press Association in Israel; he served as the organization's chairman from 2004-2008. He is proficient in Hebrew and Arabic.