Previously, David was Associate Editor & Head of Editorial Strategy, Digital, The Toronto Star, VP, Digital for Boston Globe Media Partners and the director of digital at Global News, one of Canada’s largest broadcast-news companies. David is the co-founder of Globalnews.ca, a national network of news websites that has pioneered innovative online coverage of many large local, national and international stories, and that is now Canada’s fastest growing news and information site.
David is a Nieman Journalism Fellow at Harvard University (2012), the first digital journalist in Canada selected for this honour. He is the co-author of Breaking News: Mastering the Art of Disruptive Innovation in Journalism, a Nieman Reports e-book that he co-wrote with world-renowned innovation expert and Harvard Business School professor Clayton Christensen and Forum for Growth and Innovation fellow James Allworth.
David began his career at ABC’s Nightline, the flagship current-affairs program, then anchored by Ted Koppel, in Washington, D.C. He began working at Global News in 2003, where he served in increasingly senior production roles in broadcast news, helping to create and produce several of the station’s leading news programs and special events.
In 2009, David co-created the GlobalNews.ca network, consisting of 13 national and local news websites with an umbrella national site.
David was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and immigrated to Canada in 1988. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario (BAH 2001) and Ryerson University’s journalism program (2003), where he was awarded the Joe Perlove scholarship for the best graduating student. He is a regular commentator on the future of media and journalism.