Eric Strauss is promoted to executive producer of ABC News’ medical unit, effective immediately.
For the past three years as Medical Unit Editor, Strauss led ABC News’ coverage of the Covid-19 pandemic with ABC News’ Chief Medical Correspondent. Dr. Jennifer Ashton, a team of journalists and doctors. He has contributed to several primetime and radio specials, including the primetime special, The Shot: Race for a Vaccine, and the Edward R. Murrow, Pandemic: A Nation Divided.
Outside of pandemic coverage, Strauss has been instrumental in increasing ABC News reporting on other critical issues such as mental health, maternal mortality and health disparities. He also oversees the ABC News Medical Journalism elective rotation which welcomes approximately 30 medical residents a year to join the medical unit.
Strauss has worked for ABC News for 25 years. He started as a 20/20 intern, moved up to night desk assistant, moved to World News Tonight with Pierre Jennings as an office assistant, and eventually became a producer at 20/20. Throughout his 20-year tenure with 20/20, he has reported on a wide range of stories, including 9/11, natural disasters, juvenile corrections, Barbara Walters‘ interview with Monica Lewinsky, Diane Sawyerfoster care system investigations, David Muirof the series on children with OCD and more. He even met his wife producing a story for Primetime with Charles Gibson!