Journalism has been my ticket to an hour-long conversation with the longest-tenured U.S. senator in his Capitol Hill office, the middle of bloody anti-NATO protests in Chicago and a Detroit concert hall green room filled with hip-hop’s hottest new acts. It’s allowed me to sit down with New York mayoral candidates and help reunite an orphaned woman with her long-lost parents.
This business gives me a reason to talk to anyone about anything at any time. And it requires I go There – wherever There is – on any given day, for any given story. Those two things keep me coming back for more.
I’m currently a Master of Arts candidate at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, specializing in politics, foreign policy and national security reporting. After graduating in May 2014, I’ll spend the summer in an intensive Arabic language program through the Gordon and Maggie Gray Fellowship for International Reporting.
My reporting has appeared in the Boston Globe, Newsday, Chicago Tribune and Washington Post. This past summer, I wrote editorials and blogged for Newsday’s opinion section. Additional experience ranges from a Chicago government watchdog startup to Detroit’s alternative weekly to the Huffington Post.
Along with journalism and international affairs, I love baseball, TV dramas and hip-hop. Feel free to email me at Uberti[dot]David[at]gmail.com or follow me on Twitter. I blog about Detroit, foreign policy and the media here.