The John Brademas Center for the Study of Congress at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service recently announced that Linda Douglass, the distinguished former ABC News congressional correspondent, will join the center as a senior fellow.
“Linda Douglass will bring her extensive knowledge of Congress, American politics and important issues of national policy to work with the Center’s staff and faculty to shape our programs and develop initiatives,” said John Brademas, NYU president emeritus.
Douglass will participate in research and writing projects for the center, offer proposals for subjects the center should address and meet with Brademas Center interns on Capitol Hill.
Douglass was ABC’s congressional correspondent from February 1998 to December 2005 and was named ABC News’ chief Capitol Hill correspondent in December 2000. She filed reports for “World News Tonight With Peter Jennings,” “Nightline,” “This Week” and other ABC News broadcasts.
In 2002, Douglass was the principal correspondent covering the Enron scandal. During the attacks of September 11, 2001, she was one of few reporters who chronicled the panic and governmental crisis on Capitol Hill, later producing an exclusive report “Congress in Chaos.” In 2000, she spent three months on John McCain’s presidential campaign bus, “The Straight Talk Express,” filing daily reports for all ABC News broadcasts. During the 2000 general election campaign following each presidential debate, she conducted interviews with focus groups for ABC specials.
In 1998, Douglass covered the impeachment trial of President Clinton. In January 1997 she was named the ABC News Justice Department correspondent, where she was the primary reporter covering the campaign finance investigation of President Clinton.
Douglass has received numerous awards, including the National Press Foundation’s Everett Dirksen Award (2000) for her coverage of Congress, and the 1990 Broadcast Journalist of the Year from the Society of Professional Journalists.