From Syracuse to the ABC News desk: David Muir reflects on The Conversation

NEW YORK (WSYR-TV) - Syracuse native David Muir is making his mark on ABC World News Tonight— the ratings are the highest they've been since Peter Jennings was the anchor in the mid 1990s.

Muir sat down with NewsChannel 9’s Carrie Lazarus— and last time Carrie was at the studio, David was a weekend anchor, dreaming of being in the “big chair.”

Now, three years later, he is number one for the season for the first time in 20 years at ABC.

Muir even joked that his parents back in Syracuse were getting everyone to watch him anchor.

“They get stopped in the grocery store and everything, they are really good sports. Just got a phone call from my dad in the newsroom actually saying, ‘watching on GMA and World News Tonight this week doing double duty, call us when you come up for air.’ So, they really do watch, along with everybody back home and I am grateful,” Muir said.

Muir says putting together his ABC newscast is not entirely different from putting together newscasts in Syracuse when he was “21 and faking it,” but the only thing different now is that the whole country is watching.

Even though Muir is having a national conversation, most of what goes into his newscast was learned in Syracuse, he says.

With the state of politics dividing the country, Muir has to make sure he broadcasts for everyone.

“I think that the hopes and the dreams and the worries and fears of the people back in Central New York are really quite common to people all over this country. So, having that upbringing really keeps you grounded.  This sort of no nonsense approach that they expect from a journalist, it sort of guides me every single day—even as we put together this broadcast now for the whole country, and not just for the home town,” Muir said.

David Muir had an exclusive interview with President Donald Trump shortly after he was sworn into office.

Some people may have wanted him to push the President as hard as he could, and others may have wanted him to hold back and not cross a line— something Muir said was in his head at the time.

“You know, that is really where we are as a country right now and you have to remember that—that there is half of the country that feels like their voice's have finally been heard and then you have to remember there are also 66 million people who voted for Hillary Clinto who thought they were going to make history with the first woman president and they have every expectation that we are going to continue to press and ask tough questions too,” he said.

He said he walked into that interview with the responsibility to respect the highest office in the land, but also had to respect the people at home who count on him to ask the right questions.

“Every single night, we are so careful with how we put these reports together, and you know the driving principle for us is to hold people accountable really on both sides. To ask the tough questions on both sides. To point out the hypocrisy on both sides. And really just let the people at home decide for themselves,” Muir said.

Click the player above to see his full interview with Carrie.

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