Alex Marquardt covers the Middle East for ABC News, contributing to all ABC News broadcasts and platforms, including “World News Tonight with David Muir,” “Nightline” and “Good Morning America,” as well as ABC News Radio, ABC News NOW and ABCNEWS.com.
Marquardt was in Cairo as the Egyptian revolution started, and has crisscrossed the region covering the historic Arab Spring from Tahrir Square to Benghazi to Damascus. He has interviewed Syrian refugees and defecting soldiers in Turkey, released Hamas prisoners in the West Bank and rioting austerity protesters in Greece.
Prior to the Middle East, Marquardt covered Russia and Central Asia from Moscow. He also used that base to travel to stories, ranging from the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski to the bombing of South Korea’s Yeonpyeong Island by North Korea.
Marquardt came to ABC News in June 2009 from CNN, where he covered the 2008 presidential election. He traveled on the campaign trail as an ”embedded” off-air reporter with a number of different candidates, including then-senators Barack Obama and Joe Biden. Before joining CNN, he was an anchor and correspondent at Channel One News, the in-school television network watched daily by students nationwide. He co-anchored the channel’s news program, covering stories from across the country, as well as from Cuba.
Marquardt started his career in television news as an NBC Page after graduating from Georgetown University with a bachelor’s degree in science, technology and international affairs. He grew up in Luxembourg and Belgium and speaks fluent French.