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Dave Bryan

Dave Bryan

Dave Bryan joined the KCAL9 news team in March, 1994, after having previously worked at KTTV, Fox TV in Los Angeles. As the political reporter for the KCAL Prime9 News, his beat includes national and international stories as well as state capitol coverage from Sacramento and local politics in southern California. Today he is the only LA TV reporter who covers exclusively political stories.

During his career as a journalist, Bryan’s coverage of world news has taken him to China, where he covered the crackdown on the democracy movement following the government crackdown at Bejing’s Tiananmen Square in 1989. In Somalia, he sent back live reports to stations around the US, as American Marines landed at Mogadishu. During his two-month assignment there, Bryan continued to file live reports, accompanying the US forces as they “liberated” Somalia from famine and violent warlords. In March, 2003 Bryan was embedded with a Marine batallion during the opening weeks of the Iraq War, moving through the desert from Kuwait to Baghdad, filing live reports with a videophone. Once they reached the Baghdad, Bryan and photographer Dolores Gillham, continued to send back live news updates on developments in Iraq for KCAL9 News and CBS2 News. And in 2005, Bryan covered the Hurricane Katrina disaster, filing live reports from New Orleans on the tragic human toll in the weeks after the levees ruptured, and the city was virtually destroyed by massive floodwaters.

On the political beat, Bryan has covered presidential nominating conventions and campaigns for more than 25 years. In the 2000 campaign he traveled to Iowa and New Hampshire to cover the nation’s earliest caucus and primary, following the candidates as they moved along the road to the White House. During the impeachment scandal that nearly brought down President Bill Clinton, Bryan was stationed in Washington DC, where he reported live for KCAL9 News each evening on the latest developments.

Dave began his career as an investigative reporter in Baltimore, MD. After uncovering a heating oil scandal that left both poor people and the government cheated by unscrupulous companies, he shared a Columbia-DuPont Award with colleagues for best local investigative reporting. Later, while working at KTTV, Bryan became the lead reporter for the first live gavel-to-gavel trial coverage in southern California, part of the news team which won a Columbia-DuPont award for coverage of the first Rodney King trial in Simi Valley.

Bryan is a graduate of the University of Maryland, where he received a B.A. degree in sociology. He has received many other industry awards including regional Associated Press honors and the UPI Maurice Williams Award.

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Gov. Brown’s Budget Plan Expected To Include Catastrophic Cuts To In-Home Care Services

Activists are concerned the changes Gov. Jerry Brown plans to make to California’s budget Tuesday will include huge cuts to resources for in-home caregivers.

05/12/2014

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Residents Recall Nelson Mandela’s Historic Visit To Southland

As news of Nelson Mandela’s death swept the world it got many Southland residents remembering a historic trip he made here in 1990, shortly after he was released from prison.

12/06/2013

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CBS2/KCAL9 Political Analyst Dave Bryan Discusses Election Results

For a number of areas around the country, including some local Southern California cities, Tuesday marked an election night.

11/05/2013

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LAX Shooting Reignites Debate Over Airport Security Procedures

The deadly rampage at Los Angeles International Airport on Friday has reignited an ongoing debate about security procedures at the airport.

11/02/2013

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LAPD Special Order 7 Ruled Unlawful, Shot Down In Court

A Superior Court judge has ruled that he will not table his decision to wipe out Chief Charlie Beck’s Special Order 7, which had added certain conditions for the impounding of vehicles.

09/23/2013

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Same-Sex Couples Overjoyed With Supreme Court’s Ruling On DOMA

Married same-sex couples were overjoyed with the Supreme Court’s decision Wednesday to strike down a key part of the 1996 Defense of Marriage Act.

CBS2 / KCAL9–06/26/2013

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$42.6 Million In City Funds Uncovered After Collecting 17 Years In Wrong Account

A new report has revealed the City of Los Angeles has been sitting on over $42 million accumulated over the last 17 years, left unspent during the worst recession in modern times.

CBS2 / KCAL9–05/09/2013

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CBS News National Security Consultant Says Capturing Dorner Will Be A Tricky Task

Christopher Dorner’s training as a police officer, knowledge of weapons and counter terrorism will make it harder for officials to capture him, according to a CBS News expert on national security.

02/08/2013

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Only On KCAL9: Compton’s Former ‘Gangster Mayor’ Talks About His Political Comeback, Corruption Scandal

Nine years after a corruption scandal cost Omar Bradley his post as Compton’s mayor, the controversial figure is pushing for a retrial and determined to get his job back.

01/24/2013

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Oscar-Nominated ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ Picketed By People Who Say Movie Advocates Torture

The critics agree “Zero Dark Thirty” — a film depicting the decade-long hunt for Osama bin Laden — is gritty and moving.

01/11/2013

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Looming ‘Fiscal Cliff’ A Growing Concern Among Holiday Shoppers In SoCal

Even on Christmas Eve, the U.S. economy is moving closer and closer to the so-called “fiscal cliff.”

12/24/2012

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President Obama, California Democrats Getting More Vocal About Gun Control

With President Obama leading the chorus, the voices in favor of stricter gun control laws got louder across America Wednesday — and those voices were largely coming from California.

12/19/2012

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Friends Hold Fundraiser For Jailed LA County Assessor John Noguez

Friends of embattled Los Angeles County Assessor John Noguez held a fundraiser Thursday to help bail him out of jail.

12/06/2012

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Maxine Waters Exonerated On All Charges

A three-year investigation of Congresswoman Maxine Waters on possible ethics violations ended with the Los Angeles representative being cleared of any wrongdoing.

09/21/2012

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San Fernando City Councilwoman Charged With Battery Against Former Lover

The political future of San Fernando City Councilmember Maribel De La Torre, already under fire from a local recall campaign, just got more complicated.

07/14/2012

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