Ron Claiborne retired from ABC News in 2018 after 32 years as a national and international news correspondent. He was also the news anchor of the weekend edition of Good Morning America for 14 years until his retirement.
He currently writes the weekly Second Acts column for the Facebook platform Bulletin. He is also an adjunct professor of broadcast journalism at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
As an ABC correspondent, he reported for World News Tonight, Good Morning America and Nightline. He contributed field reports to many breaking new special reports.
During his long career, he covered major news stories in more than 40 countries including Iraq, Afghanistan, the Persian Gulf, China, Cuba, South Africa and countries in Africa, South America and Europe.
He reported on three presidential campaigns and major stories such as the Catholic Church sex abuse scandal in Boston, the historic legalization of same sex marriage in Massachusetts, the death of Eric Garner at the hands of police in New York City, the Elian Gonzalez custody case in Miami, the Vatican conclave that chose Pope Francis, the NATO attacks on Serbia and both Persian Gulf wars. During the Iraq War in 2003, he was "embedded" on the U.S.S. Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.
Before joining ABC News in 1986, he was a reporter for WNEW-TV in New York, the New York Daily News and United Press International wire service.
Claiborne earned an MS in journalism in 1975 from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. He received a BA in psychology from Yale University. He is a native of San Francisco, Calif., and grew up in Oakland, Calif., and Los Angeles.
He currently volunteers as tutor with the Little Sisters of the Assumption community service in East Harlem and is a reading volunteer with Harlem Village Academy. He is a substitute teacher in Norwalk, CT.
He is a chair of the board of Midori & Friends, a non-profit that provides music instruction to New York City public schools children. He serves on the board of the African-American Memorial Fund, which supports the families of victims of police violence.