The world of broadcast journalism can be a cutthroat one. As such, anybody who manages to succeed and build an accomplished career in such an industry is automatically a star. One person who belongs to this category is the award-winning ABC journalist, Ron Claiborne. The Ivy-educated Claiborne started out as a print journalist before joining ABC News in 1986. He would go on to spend a total of 32 years at ABC during which he rose to the position of co-anchor of Good Morning America Weekend. Claiborne endeared himself to many with his genial and steady charisma.
Ron Claiborne’s Bio
Ronald Eldridge Claiborne was born on the 20th of August 1953 in San Francisco, California. The journalist spent his formative years in Oakland and attended Onondaga Central Junior-Senior High School. He was quite an exceptional student and gained admission to study psychology at the prestigious Yale University.
After his undergraduate degree, Claiborne attended The Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism where he obtained his Masters in Science degree. Ron Claiborne commenced his journalism career at an independent newspaper in Richmond, California. He thereafter joined the United Press International wire service as a reporter in the late 70s. In 1980, Claiborne moved to New York City where he worked as a reporter for the New York Daily News.
After two years with the New York Daily News, the California native decided to switch to TV journalism. He found work as a general assignment reporter at an independent TV station known as WNYW-TV in 1984. He spent just two years with them before the big networks came calling.
Ron Claiborne joined ABC News, as a Boston-based general assignment reporter, in 1986. He spent 32 years at the network during which he covered four presidential campaigns (including John McCain’s) and reported from no less than 40 countries. He also covered topical issues including the legalization of same-sex marriage in Massachusetts as well as the scandal which beset the Boston Catholic Church in 2002.
In 2004, Ron Claiborne was promoted to the position of co-anchor of Good Morning America Weekend. He would remain in that position until his retirement in September 2018. The seasoned journalist has since revealed that his retirement plan is to do volunteer work in African countries such as Tanzania and Uganda.
Ron Claiborne received several awards and accolades in the course of his distinguished career. He was nominated for an Emmy Award for outstanding live coverage of a current news story (long form) on four occasions. He took the gong home in 2010 for ABC’s coverage of the 2009 inauguration. The California native also received an individual Emmy Award for outstanding live coverage of a current news story (long form) in 2002. This was for his reportage of the Elian Gonzales story. Elain Gonzales is a Cuban man who was embroiled in an international custody and immigration controversy as a child. His mom had attempted to take him to the United States when he was just six. She, however, drowned and Gonzales was placed with paternal relatives in Miami. His father later demanded that he be returned to Cuba while his paternal relatives opposed the request. The court later ruled that it was only his dad who could file an asylum request on his behalf and since he was obviously not willing to do so, that the boy should be returned to Cuba. Elian Gonzales was thus returned to his dad in Cuba in June 2000.
Ron Claiborne’s Net Worth
Ron Claiborne has an impressive net worth of $5 million and this stems from his career earnings over the years. His total net worth is not surprising considering his long and enviable career. It is assumed that a substantial part of his net worth comes from his many years with ABC News.
If Married, Who Is His Wife?
Ron Claiborne has never been married and there has not been any public reports of a girlfriend. His relationship status may or may not be unconnected to the nature of journalism work which can be demanding at times.
In September 2011, the GMA team instituted an informal call interaction during which viewers could ask anchors a desired question. During the session, a caller asked Claiborne his zodiac sign and he disclosed that it was Leo. The caller then informed him that his soulmate is an Aquarius and Claiborne quipped that he would be on the lookout for Aquarius ladies.
Even though Ron Claiborne may have not have a significant other, he nevertheless showers love on his relatives. The seasoned journalist never fails to appreciate his family on social media. On Mother’s Day 2015, he shared a picture of himself and his mother on twitter whilst wishing her a Happy Mother’s Day. Claiborne also shared a picture of himself and his late dad, Earl, on Father’s Day 2015.