Thursday, September 27, 2012

Get to Know a Speaker: Terry Moran

Terry Moran was a key member of the ABC News team covering the events of Sept. 11, 2001, and he continued to report on all aspects of the War on Terror while covering the Bush administration. He reported from the White House throughout the war with Iraq during the spring of 2003. In November 2003, Moran traveled to Baghdad to report on the U.S.-led occupation and the violent insurgency against it.

Moran covered Vice President Al Gore's presidential campaign. He traveled extensively, reporting on the primary battles between Gore and Sen. Bill Bradley in Iowa, New Hampshire and on Super Tuesday. During the hard-fought general election campaign, he logged thousands of miles with Gore and spent Election Day in Nashville, Tenn., where he reported on the historic events that night. For the next 35 days, he covered the legal battle for the White House, and on the chaotic night the U.S. Supreme Court decided the case of Bush vs. Gore, it was from listening to Moran's clear explanation of the court's opinion that Gore learned he had lost the presidency.

In 1999 Moran traveled to the Balkans to cover the war in Kosovo and its troubled aftermath. From the refugee camps in Macedonia to the Roma ("gypsy") neighborhoods of Pristina, he investigated war-crimes stories and reported on the human impact of the "ethnic-cleansing" campaigns launched by both Serbs and Kosovars.

Before covering politics and policy, Moran spent 10 years covering law. From 1998-1999 he was the primary ABC News correspondent assigned to the U.S. Supreme Court. He filed stories on several major cases of the term, including Davis vs. the Monroe County Board of Education, a case that raised the issue of schools' liability for student-on-student sexual harassment. He joined ABC News in 1997.

Other legal stories he has covered for ABC News include the murder trial of British au pair Louise Woodward in Cambridge, Mass.; the fourth trial of Dr. Jack Kevorkian; the trial of the Unabomber, Theodore Kaczynski; the Microsoft anti-trust case; and the Portland, Ore., trial of anti-abortion activists sued for contributing to a Web site that the jury found illegally threatened abortion providers.

For "Nightline" -- among other stories -- Moran covered the unique death-penalty case of Horace Kelly, a man who had gone insane on California's death row and was then brought before a jury, which was asked whether he should still be executed; the tragic rash of heroin-overdose deaths of teenagers in Plano, Texas; and the remarkable gathering of dozens of former death-row inmates freed when evidence of their innocence came to light.

For this piece, Moran was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Journalism Award by the Death Penalty Information Center. He was also in Miami in the spring of 1999 when Elian Gonzalez was seized by federal agents and returned to his father, and he covered the protests and the civil disturbances in the city that followed the government's action.

Before joining ABC News, Moran was a correspondent and anchor for Court TV. He received critical acclaim for his nightly coverage of the day's events in the murder trial of O.J. Simpson, and for his extensive reports during the trial of Erik and Lyle Menendez, when the Los Angeles brothers first faced charges for the shotgun murders of their parents.

For Court TV, Moran also traveled to Bosnia and The Hague, in the Netherlands, to cover the first international war-crimes trial since World War II, that of a Bosnian Serb named Dusko Tadic. In addition, he was Court TV's correspondent covering the Supreme Court confirmation debates over Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Stephen Breyer. Before joining Court TV, he was a reporter and assistant managing editor for Legal Times.

Moran has written for many publications, including The New York Times, The Washington Post and The New Republic Magazine -- where he began his career in journalism.

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