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David Muir, an accomplished journalist and anchor of “ABC World News Tonight,” will provide advice and insight to UW-Madison graduates during the spring commencement ceremony.

Muir has been chosen as the keynote speaker for the May 12 event. He began as anchor and managing editor of the evening ABC news television program in 2014, taking over for former anchor Diane Sawyer.

Muir also co-anchors ABC’s “20/20” investigative news broadcast with Elizabeth Vargas.

The Ithaca College graduate conducted the first post-inauguration interview with President Donald Trump. He also spoke with former President Barack Obama about policing and race, which earned him an Emmy.

“University of Wisconsin-Madison announces its 2018 commencement keynote speaker. It’s ABC’s David Muir,” Muir read off a news ticker in New York City’s Times Square in a video the university published Wednesday. “Which means now I have to come up with something to say. No turning back now. I’ll see you this spring.”

The university’s senior class officers select commencement speakers, and the university pays the speaker’s travel expenses.

Muir, 44, reported in Tahrir Square during a 2011 political revolution in Egypt, as well as from Fukushima, Japan, after a tsunami damaged a nuclear power plant during the same year.

As a journalist, he has won Emmy awards and Edward R. Murrow awards, named after the famous broadcast journalist.

The Syracuse, New York, native has also studied at the Institute of Political Journalism at Georgetown University and the University of Salamanca in Spain.

The spring commencement ceremony will take place at noon on May 12 at Camp Randall Stadium.


Logan Wroge has been a general assignment reporter for the Wisconsin State Journal since 2015.