David Wright is an Emmy Award-winning correspondent for ABC News based in New York. He reports for all ABC News programs and platforms including World News Tonight, Good Morning America, Nightline and 20/20.
A veteran journalist, Wright has traveled the world for ABC News, having served in the network’s London, Washington and Los Angeles bureaus as well as New York. As a foreign correspondent, he has covered major news events in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, India and Asia. Domestically, he has reported from every state but Alaska.
Overseas, Wright has witnessed wars, earthquakes, revolutions, famines, terror attacks, plane crashes, nuclear standoffs and nuclear meltdowns — people and places at their worst. His extensive reporting from Afghanistan after September 11th was cited by the Peabody Awards as part of ABC’s overall coverage of 9/11. He’s been to Iraq more than a dozen times, reporting from Baghdad before the U.S. invasion and visiting every major city there since. His reports from Baghdad and Fallujah in 2004 shared an Emmy Award. His coverage of the Darfur genocide in Sudan won an Emmy and an Overseas Press Club Award. Wright was ABC’s lead reporter in London during the 7/7 bombings and in Lebanon for the 2006 conflict with Israel. He covered the aftermath of the Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the fallout from the 2011 Japan earthquake and Tsunami. During the summer of 2014, he reported from Gaza at the height of the conflict.
His job has, on occasion, given him a front row seat to history. He reported live from Kabul the day the Taliban regime fell, from St. Paul the night Senator Barack Obama became the first African American to win his party’s nomination for president, and from St. Peter’s Square during the election of 2 popes. ABC’s coverage of Pope John Paul’s death won Alfred I. DuPont-Columbia Silver Baton. But the bigger prize for David was a marriage. He met his bride on that assignment. The priest who eventually married them in Rome was one of ABC’s papal commentators.
Wright returned to the US in 2007 to cover Presidential politics. He was assigned to travel with the Obama campaign during the 2008 primaries and Senator John McCain’s campaign for the general election. More recently, he has covered pop culture, technology, and breaking news from the West Coast. He was part of the ABC News team that won an Edward R. Murrow Award for coverage of the attack on Congresswoman Gabby Giffords.
Working at ABC News has made for some remarkable life experiences. Among them: hiking the Hindu Kush mountain range in the dead of winter; flying just feet over the waves in the remote reaches of the Indian Ocean as a top secret US spy plane searched for the missing Malaysian airliner; tracking polar bears on the shores of Hudson Bay; and sitting face to face with mountain gorillas in Congo.
Prior to joining the network in November 2000, 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 statewide broadcast “The California Report.” He was also a frequent contributor to NPR.
Born in Buffalo, New York, Wright graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a master’s degree at Merton College, Oxford. He and his wife live in Manhattan with their 3 daughters and a beloved Belgian sheepdog David adopted in Lebanon.
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