Charles Gibson

TV host, Newscaster
Dependable, reliable and reassuring, broadcast news correspondent-anchor Charles Gibson was a constant presence in the homes of viewers for over 30 years on two of television's most watched morning and evening news ... Read more »
Born: 03/08/1943 in Evanston, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (32)

Good Morning America 1975 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20 1953 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

ABC World News 1953 - 2010 (Tv Show)

Host

Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Host

Primetime Thursday 1953 - 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Stand Up To Cancer 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

20/20: California Burning 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

9/11/06: Where Things Stand 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Host

Peter Jennings: Reporter 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Live 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Columbia: Final Mission 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Primetime Special Edition: Jennifer Lopez 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Host

The 62nd Annual Peabody Awards 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

30 By 30: Kid Flicks -- Party Animals 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

America.01 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

Independence Day 2001 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Intimate Portrait: Diane Sawyer 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Julia Child's Kitchen Wisdom 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

ABC 2000 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Super Bowl XXXIV 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Breaking the Cycle: Changing the World of a Child 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Narrator

People's 20th Birthday 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual Daytime Emmy Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Morning America: Evening Edition 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

Dear Comrades: A "Channel 3, Moscow" Special 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Good Evening America 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

A Star-Spangled Celebration 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor
Writer (1)

Audition: Barbara Walters' Journey 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Writer

Biography

Dependable, reliable and reassuring, broadcast news correspondent-anchor Charles Gibson was a constant presence in the homes of viewers for over 30 years on two of television's most watched morning and evening news programs. Beginning his career with a local affiliate station and a syndicated new service in the early-1970s, Gibson signed on with ABC News in 1975 as a correspondent covering the White House and the House of Representatives. In 1987, the avuncular Gibson began co-hosting the morning news program, "Good Morning, America" (ABC, 1975- ), alongside popular co-anchor, Joan Lunden. Coming from a news background, Gibson handled many of the harder news interviews for the program, which surged past the previously unbeatable "Today" (NBC, 1952- ) in the ratings, thanks in large part to his and Lunden's chemistry. Gibson was so revered both by his network and the public at large, that after the premature death of beloved "ABC World News Tonight" (1953- ) anchor Peter Jennings in 2005, he was named as Jennings' replacement in 2006. Once again the venerable anchorman delivered a much needed boost, pushing the renamed "World News with Charles Gibson" to the top of the ratings heap. In 2009, the elder statesman of ABC News, officially retired - much to the regret of grateful viewers and the network he had called home for nearly 35 years.

Born March 9, 1942 in Evanston, IL, Gibson began his career in broadcasting at Princeton Universirty as news director at a college radio station. Deciding to pursue a radio career at first, he served as producer for the RKO Network in Washington, DC before moving on to television in 1970 as an anchor and reporter for DC's WMAL-TV (later WJLA), an ABC affiliate. In 1973, he was named a National Journalism Fellow at the National Endowment for the Humanities. He would later served as a board member of the same program, renamed the Knight-Wallace Fellows at Michigan. Gibson left WMAL to join syndicated news service TVN in 1974, covering the Watergate conspiracy trials and President Richard Nixon's resignation. Lured to ABC News in 1975, he was eventually assigned to the White House, where he covered the administration of and subsequent 1976 re-election campaign of President Gerald Ford. After Jimmy Carter took office, Gibson became a roving correspondent for ABC News before finding berth in 1981 covering the House of Representatives - specifically Democratic leader Tip O'Neill and the handling of President Ronald Reagan's legislative agenda.

When he was switched to "Good Morning, America" in 1987, it was said to be for his news credentials as much as his easygoing manner. Gibson's early-morning smile and a thoughtfulness emphasized by a slightly-heavy brow, won him fans almost immediately. "GMA" rose to the top of the ratings heap, where it see-sawed with its closest competition, "The Today Show" for years. Gibson, who had demonstrated an enthusiasm for political reporting stemming from his early days, had championed all "GMA" coverage of politics and political campaigns. Included among his impressive interviews were such notables as the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, South African president Nelson Mandela and U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher. Gibson also appeared to have cornered the market on interviews with political leaders about their books. He helped spearhead the "GMA" regional bus tours around America, where his favorite stops were college campuses. During his "GMA" tenure, Gibson occasionally worked outside the confines of his morning show, hosting a PBS documentary on gambling called "Lucky Numbers" (1990), broadcasting on ABC News Radio, and serving as a substitute host for Ted Koppel on the late night news program "ABC News Nightline" (1980- ). Gibson also substituted as an anchor for "ABC World News Tonight," filling in for anchor Peter Jennings whenever duty called.

But whether it was for "Good Morning America" or the nightly news, Gibson was always in the thick of the day's top stories. He conducted a live interview with the wife of Yitzhak Rabin just hours after his funeral in 1995, reported live from the scene of the terrorist bombings at the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995; and was part of ABC's award-winning live coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001. Over the years, Gibson became the go-to correspondent for many the world's important stories, as well as a top interviewer for the network. In February 2003, he anchored "Good Morning America" from the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX to report on the loss of the space shuttle, Columbia after it was destroyed upon reentry after a 16-day mission. Gibson later won an Emmy Award for his one-hour "Primetime Thursday" investigation, "Columbia: Final Mission," which aired in July 2003. In another significant "Primetime Thursday" special, he interviewed survivors of the Branch Davidians on the 10th anniversary of the FBI raid on their Waco, TX compound.

Continuing to rack up the stories, in 2004, Gibson interviewed baseball legend Pete Rose, getting him to admit for the first time on camera that he had bet on baseball. Later that year, Gibson moderated the 90-minute town hall-style debate between President George W. Bush and Democratic challenger, Senator John Kerry. Some notable interviews he conducted at the time were with Bush at his Crawford ranch a week before the 2004 election; with President Bill Clinton upon releasing his candid memoir, My Life; and with then-CIA director Porter Goss (later forced to resign) from the agency's headquarters, making Gibson the first morning television anchor to report live from inside the secretive building. Meanwhile, he traveled to Vatican City in 2005 to report on the death of Pope John Paul II.

Due in no small part to this illustrious career in hard news, by mid-2006, Gibson was named sole anchor of "ABC World News Tonight" after the network ditched its experimental dual anchor format. In January 2006, following the untimely death of Jennings from lung cancer in August 2005, ABC had promoted Elizabeth Vargas and foreign correspondent Bob Woodruff to the anchor chair. But after only a month, Woodruff was seriously injured by a roadside bomb in Taji, Iraq and spent months in sheltered hospice. Then in February, Vargas announced she was due to have her second child the following August. With declining ratings and the looming prospect of Katie Couric taking over the anchor chair at CBS, the network decided to replace Vargas and Woodruff with Gibson in May 2006. It proved to be the right move, with "ABC World News" lurching ahead of both the its competitors. Much of the credit was given to the elder anchor of the three, Gibson, who took the nightly ratings wins in stride, but with great pride.

With the news program redubbed "World News with Charles Gibson," Gibson led the network charge in the coverage of the 2008 presidential elections. Alongside fellow ABC News correspondent George Stephanopoulos, he moderated the Democratic Party debate between U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Later that year he would also sit down with Republican Vice-Presidential candidate Sarah Palin for an interview that drew criticism over Gibson's pressing Palin to opine on what he referred to as the "Bush Doctrine," a wide-ranging term used to encompass many of the former president's foreign policy principles. With the election decided, Gibson co-anchored the televised event, "A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama" (ABC, 2009). Near the end of his successful tenure with ABC News, the anchor presented the investigative report, "Over a Barrel: The Truth About Oil" (ABC, 2009), an examination of who controls the industry and pricing and its affect on the lives of everyday Americans. After announcing his retirement and replacement on ABC News by Diane Sawyer, Gibson anchored his final edition of "World News" in December of 2009, leaving behind a grateful viewing public and a pristine reputation as one of the greatest TV news journalists of all time.

Relationships

Arlene Gibson

Wife
Retired head of school at The Spence School in New York City

Jessica Gibson

Daughter

Katherine Gibson Assistant Producer

Daughter

EDUCATION

Princeton University

Princeton , New Jersey 1965
Was the news director for WPRB-FM, the university radio station, and a member of Princeton Tower Club

Sidwell Friends School

Washington , Washington D.C.
A private college-preparatory school

Milestones

2008

Co-moderated, with George Stephanopoulos, the Democratic Party's presidential-election debate between U.S. Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

2006

Named sole anchor of ABC's "World News Tonight" broadcast; replacing Elizabeth Vargas who left on maternity leave and co-anchor, Bob Woodruff who was injured in Iraq

2004

Moderated a "town-hall" style debate during the 2004 U.S. presidential-election campaign between candidates Republican U.S. President George W. Bush and Democratic U.S. Senator John Kerry

1999

Returned to "Good Morning America" (ABC) as co-host with Diane Sawyer

1998

Co-anchored, with Connie Chung, on the Monday edition of ABC News's "20/20"

1998

Replaced Sam Donaldson as the co-anchor of the renamed "Primetime Thursday with Charles Gibson" (ABC)

1990

Hosted "Lucky Number," a PBS documentary on gambling

1987

Replaced David Hartman as co-host of "Good Morning America" (ABC)

1981

Named ABC News' chief correspondent at the House of Representatives

1976

Covered Gerald Ford's presidential campaign

1975

Joined ABC News, covering the U.S. House of Representatives and the White House

1974

Worked at syndicated news service Television News, Inc. (TVN)

1969

Became anchor and reporter for WMAL-TV (now WJLA), the ABC affiliate in Washington, DC

1966

First professional job as Washington producer for the RKO Network

Worked as news director for WLVA-TV and Radio in Lynchburg, VA

Served as general assignment correspondent for ABC News

Bonus Trivia

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Not to be confused with the film special effects technician.

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Gibson underwent angioplasty at the end of May 1999.

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Received a National Journalism Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities in 1973.

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Received a John Maclean Fellowship in 1992; awarded to Princeton University alumni "who have made a major contribution to American society."

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