Greta Kreuz is a veteran reporter and anchor for ABC7/WJLA-TV, winner of multiple Emmy, AP and Edward R. Murrow awards for her work. She joined the station in 1988 and has covered a wide variety of beats, including education, transportation and religion.
When she launched the religion beat in 1998, she became the first full-time religion reporter for a Washington network affiliate, earning much acclaim for her work. Among her many interviews: Anwar al-Awlaki, the cleric who later became the world's No. 1 Al Qaeda terrorist, killed by a US drone in Yemen in 2011.
Greta has covered countless major issues and events, including this year (2013)'s election of Pope Francis in Rome, the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II, and the clergy sex abuse crisis.
Greta has also been the Channel 7 Transportation Reporter, where her investigative reports on a major bogus parking ticket scam in the District earned her nominations for Emmy and AP awards.
Greta anchored the ABC7/WJLA-TV Morning News for seven years until leaving to cover the O.J. Simpson murder trial in Los Angeles. She also anchored the ABC7/WJLA-TV Weekend Edition.
In 1996 she was one of a select handful of American journalists chosen to take part in a broadcast exchange program in Germany, appearing on the evening news in Berlin.
Greta began her journalism career as an award-winning newspaper reporter and photographer in the Chicago area. She then went on to radio, as news director for WVPO/WSBG in Pennsylvania.
Her career in television news began as anchor/reporter for WBRE-TV in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. From there, she moved onto to WPRI-TV in Providence, RI and WBAL-TV in Baltimore.
During her extensive career, Greta has interviewed many prominent newsmakers, among them Jimmy Carter, Elizabeth Edwards, Desmond Tutu and Princess Diana. Earlier this year (2013) she flew to Rome to cover the election of Pope Francis.
Other major stories/events Greta has covered include 9-11; the death and funeral of Pope John Paul II, and the clergy sex abuse crisis, and Penn State/Jerry Sandusky sex abuse scandal.
She has also reported on virtually every major natural disaster: hurricanes, tornadoes, fires and the 2011 earthquake here, for which she won an Emmy. She has interviewed everyone from Hollywood stars to convicted criminals, diplomats to drug dealers.
Off-screen, Greta is very active in a number of causes, including Alzheimer's and lung cancer, serving on various boards and working with her church and other non-profit organizations.
A crew member of the sunken South Korean ferry says the lack of an immediate evacuation order is probably because the crew was initially trying to stabilize the vessel when it began to list.
A ferry carrying 459 people, mostly high school students on an overnight trip to a tourist island, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving nearly 300 people missing.
President Barack Obama is praising the courage and leadership of Bostonians on the first anniversary of the marathon bombing that killed three people. Obama will be observing the anniversary with a private moment of silence.
Authorities say three people died in a shooting at a Jewish community center and retirement community in suburban Kansas City, and two were shot at but not injured. A man in his 70s who is not from Kansas was taken into custody
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