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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