B.A., Northeastern University
The first major story David broke as a journalist was the announcement that President Bill Clinton had chosen Northeastern University as the site of his first presidential commencement address – speaking to David’s graduating class in Boston Garden in 1993.
While serving as The Boston Herald’s City Hall reporter, David was a featured character in a critically-acclaimed ABC mini-series, Boston 24/7, which aired in national prime time in six parts in 2002.
David’s high school classmate was Sean Coombs (better known now as P. Diddy) and he did, indeed, hang around with Jennifer Lopez when she still was “Jenny from the block” at his high school’s sister school in The Bronx.
David has strong relationships with key media, government, business, civic and legal influencers, including the top reporters, columnists, editors and producers in the region. He leads Melwood’s public affairs work with organizations which want to be a part of the public conversation at the State House, Boston City Hall and beyond and remains a go-to strategist for top political and government leaders in the region. He was the first person working on Attorney General Maura Healey’s first campaign and remains an advisor to Healey. He was part of a core team that helped Senate President Karen Spilka become only the second woman elected to lead the Legislature’s upper branch in 2018 and remains a top advisor to her.
David joined Melwood Global as a partner in 2011 after two years as Vice President and Director of Public Affairs for MSL Boston, a leading global strategic communications firm. He spent four years as a spokesman and press secretary for the Massachusetts Attorney General and, later, the Massachusetts Speaker of the House.
David spent 12 years as a daily newspaper reporter. He was chief political reporter, State House Bureau Chief and City Hall Bureau Chief for The Boston Herald, where he covered two presidential campaigns, two gubernatorial campaigns, countless local elections and created the Herald’s first-ever blog during the 2004 presidential campaign.
Earlier in his journalism career, David was a staff reporter and editor for The Sun in Lowell, The MetroWest Daily News in Framingham, The News Tribune in Waltham and he began his career at The Transcript in North Adams. He has extensive experience as an on-air spokesman and commentator, appearing on CNN, MSNBC, FoxNews, C-Span and all of Boston’s TV and radio media.
A proud graduate of Northeastern University, David was an editor at The Northeastern News student newspaper and worked as a co-op student at The Boston Globe and other newspapers. In 2020, David founded Survivors Say, a 501c3 nonprofit which provides free strategic communications and media support for survivors of high profile tragedies and their families. David lives in Salem, Massachusetts with his wife and two sons and their two labrador retrievers.