David covers education and related topics for WNPR, and also mentors high school seniors who attend the Journalism and Media Academy magnet school in Hartford as part of Connecticut Public Broadcasting’s Learning Lab initiative.
David comes to public media after a career in newspapers, where he received a dozen state, regional and national awards for his work, including New England’s Reporter of the Year in 2013.
A native of central Virginia, David’s special education reporting in Darien, Connecticut, has been cited as one of the most comprehensive explorations of disability rights among children in the Unites States.
Before journalism, David ran a flyer distribution company, started a non-profit media organization in Ethiopia, and taught songwriting to people with physical and mental disabilities. He frequently contributes to various journalism seminars focused on education, investigations and First Amendment issues. When not pestering public officials, David enjoys pestering his friends at craft beer pubs, traveling to unpopular locations, exploring nature and playing music.
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