Since he became the anchor of ABC’s last September, the broadcast has edged out its competitors in ratings, placing Muir in the same pantheon as his newsroom heroes Diane Sawyer and Peter Jennings. Earlier this year his alma mater Ithaca College (he was class of ‘95) gave him an honorary doctorate.
Now that he’s been at the helm for one year, Muir talks about life as a new breed of evening anchor, his embarrassing dearth of real vices, and tweeting during commercial breaks. BUT DON’T call him “doctor”—at least not in public.
News anchor David Muir knew he wanted to be a journalist by the time he hit double digits.
Around fifth grade, he began broadcasting from inside a cardboard box in his family’s living room in Syracuse, New York.
Soon he used his allowance to buy a cassette recorder at Radio Shack and began to interview his sister’s teenage friends.
Fast-forward three decades and his interview subjects have a tad more gravitas—Barack Obama, Tim Cook, and Bill Gates, to name a few.
“My head always looks three times the size” of everyone else’s, he says.