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.

CBS News National Security Consultant Jeff McCausland. (credit: CBS)

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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Ontario Flashlight Firm Set For ‘Made In USA’ Showdown

An Ontario flashlight company is set for a political fight to declare its products “Made In The USA”.

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California Lawmakers Approve Construction Financing For Country’s 1st High-Speed Rail Line

California lawmakers have approved billions of dollars in construction financing for the first segment of what would be the nation’s first dedicated high-speed rail line, eventually connecting Los Angeles and San Francisco.

07/06/2012

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Police Say Gangsta Rap Video Is A Primer On How To Make Crack

A gangsta rap video is raising eyebrows at LA City Hall.

06/07/2012

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Renovations To CSUN President’s Home And Office Cost Over $350K

California State University, Northridge has hired Diane Harrison as its new president amidst faculty and student protests and enrollment freezes.

05/15/2012

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New Bill Would Grant Work Permits To Thousands Of Illegal Immigrants

A bill moving through the California Legislature is heating up the hot button issue of immigration reform.

05/12/2012

The presidential SUV is seen outside of the house of actor George Clooney May 10, 2012 in Studio City. (credit: MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)

Clooney Dinner Raises Big Money For President Obama’s Campaign

George Clooney had a few friends over for dinner in his backyard Thursday night, including President Barack Obama, and raised $15 million the president’s re-election campaign.

05/10/2012

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Student Protestors Gather Outside Dinner Party At Cal State Chancellor’s House

The chancellor of Cal State Long Beach got an earful from outraged students Tuesday night, as he threw a pricey party.

05/08/2012

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