ABC World News Tonight anchor David Muir has been racking up honors lately for his accomplishments in broadcasting. On Tuesday, he was honored by Save the Children for his extensive reporting abroad, in particular his reporting on the famine in Somaliland.
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For 15 years at @ABC, @DavidMuir has been dispatched to nearly every major story in the world. @KellyRipa presented the @SavetheChildren‘s “Voice Award” to David in honor of his work highlighting the families, children caught in some of the worst humanitarian crises of our time.
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And a transcript of his remarks:
This is a humbling moment.
And I want to begin by thanking Save the Children.
I want to thank the producers who have been with me along the way. Christine Romo. Nick Capote. Bruno Roeber and so many others whose work I celebrate.
I thank Kelly – a true humanitarian in her own right. Her quiet deeds – her quiet gifts – her relationship with a sweet young woman from Somaliland – inspires me to this day.
We are at a crucial moment.
There are so many children in our own country – and around the world – who need us. There have been so many stories. But I remember – this trip to Somaliland because when we decided we would go – we asked ourselves – in this heavy time, a polarized time in America, will this simply be too much too much for the viewers.
But I always say never underestimate the generosity of the audience. They care about our children. Whether here at home. Or across the globe. Within minutes after the news that night, they were reaching out.
And that’s the power, the responsibility we all have. To give these children – a voice, when they otherwise would not have one.
While watching that piece from Kelly – I was reminded I was a worried boy. Anxious about my own childhood. About how life would turn out. I had a dream. And I firmly believe that when a dream is answered, you must then reach out to the children who are right behind you- to give them a fighting chance too –
There is not a day that goes by that I take this job, this privilege, this platform for granted.
We are in a heavy time, but we have much more in common across this country – and across the globe – than many give us credit for.
So let’s all use what we’ve been given,
Whether it’s a microphone, whether it’s social media, whether it’s the dollar or two to buy plumpy nut – that little package filled with nutrients I’ve so often shown on the news — to help bring a child back.
I carry the photos of the children I’ve met along the way — from the Syrian border and from all over the world on my phone. I treasure them. I treasure their dreams. And this award tonight is not for me – it is for them. For their bravery in sharing their stories. For their strength. And their future. And we in this room here tonight, have the power to help them have one.