Ron Claiborne was born on August 20, 1953 in San Francisco, California. Ron was known for being an American journalist and correspondent for ABC News. He was a reporter for the weekend edition of Good Morning America.


Ron had a very simple childhood and he claims that was not interested in fame or fortune while growing up. He just cared about people and the relationships they had with each other and society. From his earliest days, he knew that he was going to get involved with politics. He was too interested in social affairs to ignore them.

Ron graduated from Yale University with a Bachelor’s Degree in psychology. He got a Master’s Degree from Columbia University as graduate from their School of Journalism.

Journalism Career

He got started with a career in the journalism when he was working for an independent newspaper which was based in the city of Richmond in California.

He started working as a general assignment correspondent of a New York affiliate WNYW-TV that belonged to Fox News. In the late 1970s, he was working as an editor and a reporter of the United Press International Wire service. He worked as a reporter New York Daily News since from 1980 until 1982. He was in charge of metropolitan news, city hall, state government and city politics.

He joined ABC News in the 1986 and he started to work as a general assignment correspondent while he was based in the city of Boston. He was reporting and contributed to shows like World News, Good Morning America and Nightline. He was covering a large number of stories for ABC News with topics including the legalization of the gay marriages in the state of Massachusetts and the Boston Catholic Church Scandal during 2002. Other important stories he covered were the Persian Gulf War and the Yugoslavia Conflict in the city of Belgrade.

He was in charge of coverage for the 1992 and 2008 U.S presidential campaigns and he was covering for the campaign of John McCain. He was part of the ABC News team that was awarded an Emmy for the coverage of the Elian Gonzales seizure story in the year 2000.

Ron is very successful and he has worked for a long period to gain a large audience. He takes pride in his work and avoids doing anything that would damage his reputation.

Fight Against Cancer

On April 14, 2018, more than 2,000 people gathered at Prospect Park in Brooklyn, New York to fund raise and increase awareness for pancreatic cancer. An organization called PurpleStride New York City raised over $500,000 to provide more funding for research and patient care.


Ron was the host of the cancer walk. He was there to lead the fight against pancreatic cancer. He appeared when he was asked by his friend Camille Moses to come and support the cause. Moses was a six year cancer survivor and wanted to share her story to encourage other cancer patients and survivors.

Ron brought more attention to the walk when he covered it on a Sunday edition of Good Morning America. He gave the audience a brief overview of the walk and noted how his friend Camielle and 20 other survivors addressed the audience with their stories. On the broadcast, Ron spoke about how the fight needs the help of normal people. If the everyday citizen cared about the disease as if it was affecting someone in their own lives, the disease wouldn’t stand a change. He said the only reason that there hasn’t been a cure is because not enough people care. It is up to people to pressure the medical companies to find a cure. They need to bang on the doors of the medical companies and demand a cure. He said that with all the money and resources available, we would be fools to lose the battle against cancer.

Saying Goodbye to ABC

On September 15, 2018 Ron made a big announcement on his Twitter account, “Sunday, September 16 will be my final day at @GMA Weekend & I’ll be leaving ABC at the end of the month. 32 years ABC News. A long, good run. Now it’s time to go.”

After spending 32 years at ABC, Ron was saying farewell to his broadcasting home. He had spent 14 great years the weekend anchor for Good Morning America but it was time for him to make his exit.

As a very popular anchor, many of his friends and coworkers showed up at his farewell celebration. Earlier in the week before his announcement, his close ones throw him a farewell party at the Dakota Bar to celebrate his time at ABC. A lot of the veterans were mixed in with newcomers as they all packed the bar to share stories with Ron as he prepared to leave his job and head into the next chapter of his life. The Dakota Bar was popular for being the chosen spot for ABC employees to gather so it was only fitting to say goodbye to Ron at their favorite place.

Some of the notable people that attended Ron’s farewell celebration were ABC News president James Goldston, Barbara Fedida, Marc Burstein, Diane Sawyer, John Quinones, Dan Harris, Paula Faris, and Sara Haines. The strength of the guest list showed how beloved Ron was among his team. They all could have made an excuse and claimed that they were extremely busy but they chose not to. They did the right thing and made time for Ron especially because it might have been the last time he ever spoke to any of them.

Guests at the party took their turns to honor Ron and shower him with their love and affection. Sara Haines, his Good Morning America colleague told Ron, “Working with you is an honor. You are a legendary journalist, and you are one of the most loving people I’ve ever worked with and but also one of the most talented. It’s been one of the great pleasures of my career to spend weekend mornings with you for 8 years.”

Last Modified: May 11, 2020

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