Charles Gibson

Charles Gibson

American television host and journalist
Date of Birth: 09.03.1943
Country: USA

  1. Biography of Charles Gibson
  2. Education and Early Career
  3. Rise to Prominence
  4. Later Years and Philanthropy

Biography of Charles Gibson

Charles Gibson is an American television host and journalist. He was the anchor of the program "Good Morning America" on ABC, and the host of "World News with Charles Gibson". Gibson's professional career spanned 44 years, from 1965 to 2009.

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Education and Early Career

Charles Gibson was born on March 9, 1943 in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in Washington, D.C. He attended Sidwell Friends School and later a private school in Washington. In 1965, Gibson graduated from Princeton University, one of the most respected and prestigious universities in the United States. During his time at Princeton, he served as the director of the student radio station and was a member of the Princeton Tower Club.

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In 1966, Gibson joined the company RKO General as a producer and later worked as a reporter and anchor for the company's Virginia branch. In 1970, he transferred to the ABC affiliate in Washington, D.C. In 1974, Gibson joined the news team at TVN and covered the Watergate scandal and the resignation of President Richard Nixon. In 1975, he joined the news division of ABC as a correspondent.

Rise to Prominence

Gibson worked as a White House correspondent from 1976 to 1977 and then as a general assignment reporter. From 1981 to 1987, he served as a correspondent in the lower house of the U.S. Congress. Gibson also reported for "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" and filled in as a substitute anchor.

In 1987, Charles Gibson became one of the hosts of the popular morning show "Good Morning America". From 1985 to 1995, the show was the highest-rated morning program in American television. In 1990, Gibson hosted the documentary film "Lucky Number" which focused on the issue of gambling addiction.

In 1998, when the network replaced Gibson with a new host, the ratings of "Good Morning America" started to decline rapidly. Viewers preferred competing shows, particularly NBC's "Today". Gibson returned to "Good Morning America" in 1999. In April 2005, he replaced Peter Jennings as the anchor of "World News" when Jennings was diagnosed with lung cancer and required treatment. On August 7 of the same year, Gibson announced Jennings' death, who had been the anchor of the program for 22 years. The next day, he was offered a permanent position on "World News", but he declined until the summer of 2006.

Later Years and Philanthropy

In 2009, Gibson was offered a contract extension but chose to retire. He was replaced by Diane Sawyer on "World News". Charles Gibson is married to Arlene Gibson, who recently retired as the head of The Spence School in New York City. They have two daughters, Jessica and Catherine. In 2006, Gibson joined the board of trustees of his alma mater, Princeton University. In 2007, he donated $75,000 to a college in Schenectady, where his father graduated in 1923, to establish a scholarship for deserving students. In the same year, Gibson donated $85,000 to Shenandoah University in Virginia to create a scholarship in memory of his brother.