John Muller

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John Muller
BornJohn William Muller
(1966-07-07) July 7, 1966 (age 48)
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
ResidenceTinton Falls, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
OccupationTelevision journalist
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)Ernabel Demillo
ChildrenOne daughter
 
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John Muller
BornJohn William Muller
(1966-07-07) July 7, 1966 (age 48)
Queens, New York City, New York, U.S.
ResidenceTinton Falls, New Jersey, U.S.
Alma materNew York University
OccupationTelevision journalist
Years active1999–present
Partner(s)Ernabel Demillo
ChildrenOne daughter

John William Muller (born July 7, 1966) is an American television journalist.

Since 2011, he has been with ABC News, where his anchor duties include World News Now and ABC News Now. He is also a news correspondent whose coverage of national and international stories appears across all ABC News platforms.

Muller was also the anchor of New York City's innovative and Emmy Award-winning PIX 11 Morning News.[1] His 11-year run on the ground-breaking show made him the third-longest-running New York City anchor to work on the same broadcast. In that time, Muller established himself as one of the most versatile journalists and anchors in the industry, running the gamut from hard-news anchoring to feature-segment hosting to news-maker interviewing to fast-paced and fun "tv personality".[citation needed]

He also worked as a reporter and anchor in Georgia and Florida before returning home to New York City, New York, as a reporter and anchor at WNBC-TV.

Early life[edit]

Muller was born in New York City's Queens borough and raised on Long Island, New York. He is the middle child from a family of seven children.

He attended 12 years of Catholic school where he excelled at academics and athletics.

Muller's first on-camera work came as a child model for the Ford Modeling Agency, something he credits as "demystifying" the idea of working in front of cameras for a living.

He received a scholarship to New York University where he majored in journalism and mass communication and minored in history. His first exposure to professional journalism came through internships with WNCY-TV, ABC News, CBS News and WNBC-TV.

Career[edit]

Georgia and Florida[edit]

Muller's first break in television came when he took a job at WTOC-TV, the CBS affiliate in Savannah, Georgia.

Shooting and editing his own stories in most cases, Muller got an immediate and intense education on military coverage as he reported on troop mobilizations from Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield during the raids in Panama and the Persian Gulf War. He honed his skills for two years before accepting a reporter position at WBBH-TV, the NBC affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida. Here he won the Associated Press's prestigious "Best Individual Achievement Award" for all-round excellence in the state of Florida. Among his most noteworthy work was the dramatic coverage of hurricanes including the devastating Hurricane Andrew. He also was promoted to the weekend anchor desk, his first permanent anchor position.

After three years in Fort Myers, Muller cracked the "Top 20" market plateau, catching the eye of WFLA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Tampa, Florida. Muller spent three years at WFLA as the lead reporter on the 11 p.m. news, the highest-rated local news show in the state. In Tampa, he won the Associated Press award for "Best Spot News Reporting".

New York City[edit]

His big break and return to his hometown in the number-one New York City market came when he got a call from WNBC-TV. Here Muller reported for the number-one-rated Today in New York show. He also filled-in on the weekend anchor desk and anchored WNBC's initial coverage the night of Princess Diana's death.

His biggest impact on New York television came when he was chosen to anchor and host a brand-new entry in the local morning news race. The WB11 Morning News debuted in June 2000. From the outset the show made people take notice. With its no-holds-barred, fast-paced and innovative mix of hard news and fun, Muller found himself wearing many different hats and ultimately accepting an Emmy Award for "Best Morning News Show". It would be the first of many Emmy Awards for Muller and the show. The innovative format and legacy has been emulated by other morning news programs in New York, nationally and even at the network level.[citation needed] In addition to news anchoring, interviewing and hosting duties, Muller also served as the sports anchor for the broadcast as well as the anchor/reporter/producer of daily business news segments branded "It's Your Money".

Muller went national landing at ABC News in 2011. He was an anchor and correspondent, based at ABC's world headquarters in New York City. He was seen across all ABC platforms as an anchor and correspondent covering stories of national and international interest.

In 2014, Muller returned to WPIX to anchor weeknights at 5 and 10 p.m., alongside Tamsen Fadal.

Beyond news[edit]

Muller has taught broadcast-news writing and reporting as an adjunct professor at Fordham University. He has been a guest lecturer at his alma mater, New York University.

He is an accomplished singer, performing in New York City clubs with rock-and-roll bands including shows with legendary guitar man Earl Slick.

Personal life[edit]

Muller is an avid golfer, tennis player and hiker. His charity work includes helping raise money for the Special Olympics and the Coalition for Asian American Children.

He resides in Tinton Falls, New Jersey. He is the father of daughter, named Alexa, born May 7, 2004, with his longtime partner and fellow journalist Ernabel Demillo.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ [dead link] "John Muller". WPIX. Retrieved December 8, 2010. 

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