Don Dahler is a news anchor and reporter for WCBS-TV in New York City and author of A Tight Lie and Water Hazard (St. Martin’s Minotaur), mystery novels set in the world of professional golf featuring lawyer-turned-PGA Tour pro, Huck Doyle.
Dahler currently anchors the 6pm newscast on WCBS-TV, CBS's flagship station. He also contributes reports to the station’s 5pm newscast.
Prior to returning to local news in 2007, Dahler was a network news correspondent for eleven years.
He was named correspondent for ABC News in February 1999, providing national and international news reports for all ABC News programs. While at ABC News, Dahler covered many of the biggest stories of the day, including the war in Kosovo, the school shootings at Columbine, the Oklahoma City tornadoes, and the presidential electoral recounts.
On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Dahler was the first network correspondent to report live from the scene of the World Trade Center attacks, giving eyewitness descriptions from the first moments of the tragedy. He continued reporting day and night from Ground Zero through the following two weeks of rescue and recovery attempts.
Dahler was among the first American journalists to enter Afghanistan prior to U.S. military action against the Taliban regime. His subsequent reports focused on the battlefield activities of the Northern Alliance and, once the American air campaign started, their rapid push southward towards Kabul. He filed live reports on the weeklong siege of Konduz around the clock for Good Morning America, World News Tonight, ABC News Radio, and ABCNEWS.com. He has since returned to Afghanistan three times for follow-up reports.
In the summer of 2002, Dahler, a Nightline producer, and camera crew, slipped across the Syrian border into northern Iraq for a series of exclusive reports on the Kurds. They were the first American television journalists to visit the region in 10 years.
Dahler covered the war in Iraq as an embedded journalist with the 101st Airborne, traveling and living with the Army soldiers, going on foot-patrols and aerial assaults alongside the front-line troops for three months. Using state-of-the-art technology, Dahler often filed live television reports from the field with equipment he carried in his backpack. He returned to Iraq with various American Army and Marine units three other times, including coverage of the elections in the violent city of Fallujah.
From 1997-1999, Dahler served as a correspondent for NBC News, assigned to CNBC's West Coast bureaus. He provided long-form reports on the business of the sports and entertainment industries for the evening magazine show Business Center. In addition he covered breaking news and provided live business reports for CNBC's daytime news programs. From 1996-1997 he worked as a general assignment reporter for the nascent Fox News Channel in New York, where he did investigative pieces and covered national news events.
Prior to becoming an on-air correspondent, Dahler was a producer for 48 Hours at CBS News. He wrote and produced show segments and coordinated various hour long programs.
For nine years, Dahler produced, wrote and hosted documentaries, nature films and syndicated specials through his production company, traveling extensively throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America. He was also a free-lance travel writer during this period, filing pieces primarily for the Richmond Times-Dispatch. Two of his first short works of fiction were published in Charlotte Magazine.
From 1982 to 1985 he was a reporter for WGHP-TV in High Point, N.C. He got his first break in the business at KENS-TV in San Antonio as an intern, when the News Director began using him as an on-air reporter.
Dahler has earned numerous journalism awards, including a Peabody and DuPont as part of ABC News’ 9/11 coverage, a 1993 National Emmy Award for News and Documentary, two CINE Golden Eagles, and a bronze medal from the New York Film and TV Festival.
As the son of an Air Force Colonel, Dahler grew up in Colorado, Louisiana, Oregon, Virginia, Ohio, and Texas. He holds a BA in history (summa cum laude) from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and an AA in radio/television/film from San Antonio College.
He and his wife, Katie, live in the New York area with their two children, an energetic Border collie named Abby, and an overweight but lovable cat named Bogey.