David covers education and related topics for WNPR, and also teaches journalism and media literacy to high school students.
A central Virginia native, David's reporting interests include the school-to-prison pipeline, disability rights and special education issues, government accountability and transparency, First Amendment matters, and critically exploring the media's relationship to culture and its influence on the public's perception of reality. He's got a bunch of awards in his closet that he can call upon when necessary to remind him that journalism awards should stay in the closet. He, of course, is in journalism for the money, not the accolades. That, of course, is a joke. He’s working on his sense of humor.
Before journalism, David ran a flyer distribution company, started a non-profit media organization in Ethiopia, and taught songwriting to people with physical and intellectual disabilities. He often contributes to 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.