Judges : National
Former Anchor, "World News," ABC News
Charles Gibson is a television broadcast journalist and former anchor with over 40 years experience, 30 at ABC News and four as anchor of the network’s flagship broadcast, “World News” before retiring in 2009. He is regarded as one of the most distinguished journalists in television.
Gibson’s political reporting includes interviews with each of the last eight American presidents, as well as reporting and anchoring from Republican and Democratic national conventions, and presidential inaugurations. In advance of the 2008 national election, he covered primaries and caucuses from the scene in Iowa, New Hampshire and Texas, and moderated back-to-back presidential debates in New Hampshire just days before the state’s primary. Gibson reported extensively on the economic crisis traveling through out the U.S. to describe firsthand how the recession impacted different corners of the country. He reported from the campus of Virginia Tech following the school shooting and from southern California when wildfires were burning out of control.
His international reporting includes interviews with world leaders such as Kofi Annan, Tony Blair, Nelson Mandela and the late Yasir Arafat. When violence broke out between Israel and Hezbollah in summer 2006, Gibson traveled to the region and reported from both sides of the conflict. He reported from Amman, Jordan on the highly anticipated meeting between President Gorge Bush and Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. In 2005 he traveled to Vatican City to report on the death of Pope John Paul II.
Before being named anchor of “World News,” Gibson was co-anchor of “Good Morning America” with Diane Sawyer. In addition, he was also co-anchor of “Primetime Thursday” now known as “Primetime,” from 1998 to 2004.
Gibson is a graduate of Princeton University. He and his wife, Arlene, live in New York.