Who is Ron Claiborne (GMA)? Wiki Bio
Ronald Eldridge Claiborne was born in San Francisco, California USA, on 20 August 1953 – his birth sign is Leo and he holds American nationality. Ron is a retired journalist and correspondent who worked for the ABC News channel.
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Early life and education
Ron was raised a single child in San Francisco by his mother, a housewife, and his father who was a high school teacher. Ron’s father who was from Alabama, died in September 1995, and Ron is very close to his mother, and occasionally uploads pictures with her onto his Instagram account. He became interested in journalism at the age of eight when he began watching news together with his parents.
Ron attended a high school in San Francisco, and after matriculation enrolled at Yale University, Connecticut from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology in 1975. He continued his education at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism, and graduated with a Master’s degree in journalism in 1977.
Career as a reporter
Ron launched his career after obtaining his bachelor’s degree, when he started working for an independent newspaper located in Richmond, California, but after spending two years with them, he moved to New York City to work for the WNYW-TV station.
After a year he began reporting and writing for the “New York Daily News” newspaper, covering topics such as city hall and politics, state government, city and metropolitan news among others. He was simultaneously working for the United Press International as their editor and a reporter for a year.
In 1986, Ron joined the ABC News channel in Boston, working as their general assignment correspondent. While with them, he could have been seen in many ABC News shows such as “Good Morning America”, “Nightline”, and “World News” among others. He worked on topics and stories such as the Yugoslavian issues in Belgrade, the Persian Gulf War, and the 1992 and 2008 US Presidential campaigns.
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He was praised for the coverage of Massachusetts’ legalization of gay marriages, as well as for his coverage in 2002 of the Boston Catholic Church scandal. In 2000, he received an Emmy Award for covering the seizure of Elian Gonzales in Miami, who fought a custody battle.
Ron was a member of the ABC News team for 32 years until he retired in September 2018. His friends and colleagues organized a goodbye party for him at the Dakota bar, attended by James Goldstone, Marc Burstein, and Paula Faris among other award-winning journalists.
In December 2018, Ron went to Africa and is currently working as a Global Volunteer teaching English language in high schools around the continent. He was also a Global Volunteer in Entebbe at the Uganda Wildlife Education Center, while he has been to India and Singapore to volunteer as well.
Love life and wife
Ron is a secretive man who has kept his personal life away from the media’s curious eyes, but he has on a single occasion talked about who he thinks would be a perfect match for him.
In September 2011, after the “Good Morning America” show finished airing, Ron and his colleagues organized informal call interactions, and one of the people who called wanted to know Ron’s zodiac sign. After asking him if his other half was an Aquarius, Ron stated that he wasn’t married but is going to be ‘looking out for potential Aquarius mates’.
After thi revelation, rumors started circulating on the internet that the popular journalist might be gay. Ron currently appears to be single and hasn’t married.
Hobbies and other interests
Ron is of African-American descent, and many believe that he has become a volunteer in Africa because of his heritage. He is a philanthropist who before he began volunteering, donated large amounts of money to charity organizations most of which have the goal of improving the quality of life for those living in the third world countries. He is also a lover of animals, and has visited many zoos in the countries he has worked in, while he has also volunteered in some of these.
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— Ronald Claiborne (@RonEClaiborne) February 10, 2019
Ron is very passionate about travelling, and has been around the world both on holidays and for work. His dream travel destination is Sao Tome and Principe in Africa, and he has recently stated how he wouldn’t mind moving to Egypt and spending some time living there. He has several plants and is very keen on gardening.
Appearance and net worth
Ron is 67 years old. He has short gray hair and brown eyes, is 5ft 11ins (1.8m) tall, and weighs around 159lbs (72kgs).
His net worth is estimated by sources at over $5 million, earned from his more than 40 years as a broadcast journalist through to his retirement in 2018.
ABC News channel
ABC News is a news division of the American Broadcasting Company better known as ABC. The ABC News’ flagship program is the “World News Tonight with David Muir” which airs every day while some of its other programs include “Good Morning America” morning talk show, “20/20”, “Nightline”, and “Primetime”. The channel also airs “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” political affairs program every Sunday morning.
ABC started off as an independent radio network in 1943 while it began broadcasting regular TV shows in August 1948 after it became an owned and operated TV station and production center in New York City. The program was not very popular consistently ranking third by the number of viewers, however, after Roone Ariedge was named the president of ABC News in 1977 and brought some changer, the ratings of the program became better. It was Roone who came up with the ‘More Americans get their news from ABC News than from any other source’ slogan.