David Wright is an Emmy Award-winning ABC News correspondent who has traveled the world, covering major news events in the U.S. and overseas. His work can be seen on “World...Read More »
David Wright is an Emmy Award-winning ABC News correspondent who has traveled the world, covering major news events in the U.S. and overseas. His work can be seen on “World News Tonight,” “Nightline,” “Good Morning America” and other ABC News platforms.
Although based in New York, Wright travels frequently to Washington, D.C., to help out with the network’s coverage of the Trump White House. He led ABC’s weekend White House coverage for the first 500 days. He was “Nightline”’s lead political reporter during the 2016 presidential campaign. He also fills in periodically in the London bureau, where recent stories included the arrest of Julian Assange and the fire at Notre Dame in Paris.
He is an ABC News veteran. Over the past 2 decades, he has reported from six continents and interviewed six future and former U.S. presidents. He has been on the frontlines of wars, revolutions, natural disasters, terror attacks, nuclear meltdowns and humanitarian crises. He has also interviewed Hollywood stars and Silicon Valley pioneers including Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg.
Wright’s job has, on occasion, given him a front row seat to history. He reported from Kabul the day the Taliban fell. As a foreign correspondent, he has reported extensively from conflict zones. In 2014, he reported from Gaza at the height of the Israeli bombardment. During Israel’s 2006 war with Lebanon, he landed in Beirut hours before the IDF bombed the airport and stayed for the duration of the conflict. He traveled to Iraq more than a dozen times from before the U.S. invasion to the surge. His reports from Baghdad and Fallujah shared a 2004 Emmy Award. His reporting from Afghanistan after 9/11 shared a George Foster Peabody Award. His stories on genocide in Darfur won a 2005 Emmy Award and an Overseas Press Club Award.
He has had some remarkable life experiences along the way: hiking the Hindu Kush in the dead of winter after an earthquake to deliver aid supplies, tracking polar bears on Hudson Bay, sitting face-to-face with mountain gorillas in Congo, and searching the Indian Ocean near the south pole for a missing Malaysian airliner.
Wright also helps lead ABC’s coverage of the Catholic church. He reported from St Peter’s Square the night Pope John Paul died and covered the elections of Popes Benedict and Francis. He traveled with Pope Francis in Africa and the Americas and traveled with Pope Benedict in Europe and the Middle East. He has also covered the church sex abuse scandal abroad and at home. He recently conducted the first national TV interview with the Bishop of Buffalo, part of a six month investigation broadcast on "Nightline."
Wright joined ABC News in November 2000 as a correspondent in Los Angeles. He has since been posted to London, Washington and New York. Prior to joining ABC, he was a reporter for KRON, then the NBC affiliate in the San Francisco 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 award-winning statewide broadcast “The California Report.” He was also a frequent contributor to NPR nationally.
Born in Buffalo, Wright graduated magna cum laude from Harvard and earned a master’s degree at Merton College, Oxford. He and his wife Victoria live in New York with their three daughters.
« Read Less