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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Executive
Non-profit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Success Is Your Best Revenge.

Birthplace

Born:
4/7/1953
Birth Location:
New York, New York

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Television Executive
Non-profit Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Royal Blue
Favorite Food:
Lobster
Favorite Time of Year:
Summer
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Success Is Your Best Revenge.

Birthplace

Born:
4/7/1953
Birth Location:
New York
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Biography

Television and non-profit executive Allison Jeanne Davis was born on April 7, 1953 in New York City, New York to Doris Nelson and Walter Davis. She graduated from Boston University with her B.S. degree in journalism in 1975.

Upon graduation, Davis was hired as a writer and producer for WBZ-TV in Boston, Massachusetts. In 1978, she was hired at KDKA-TV in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where she worked as an on-air reporter. From 1981 to 1998, Davis was employed at NBC, where she served as a writer-producer and as an executive producer for NBC News and MSNBC.com. At NBC, Davis built the original team of “cyberjournalists” overseeing the first original news content on the internet. She also helped launch MSNBC and, from 1994 through 1997, she served as the first executive producer of MSNBC on the Internet. Davis developed, wrote and produced The Scholastic-NBC News Video from 1993 until 1997. She also worked as a writer and producer for NBC News’ Today, as well as a producer for the NBC News broadcasts Monitor, First Camera, and NBC Nightly News.

From 1998 to 2004, Davis served as senior vice president/creative of CBS and Dunbar Productions. At CBS, she created and executive produced the public television series “The Reading Club”. Then, from 2004 until 2009, Davis worked as vice president, chief operating officer, and special assistant to the Jackie Robinson Foundation's chief executive. In 2008, she founded Coopty Productions, which provides organizations with video production services. Davis was then appointed director of communications and media at New York’s Riverside Church in 2009, and, in 2011, she returned to the Jackie Robinson Foundation, where she was hired as director of communications and worked on the promotion for the Jackie Robinson movie 42. Davis has also been an adjunct professor at CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism, Howard University’s School of Communications and the City College of New York.

Davis was a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists, where she served as its first parliamentarian, and later as its vice president. She was also on the founding board of the National Visionary Leadership Project, an oral history project established by Camille Cosby, and serves on the board of Poets & Writers.

Davis has received numerous awards and honors, including two Women in Communications Awards and several Emmy nominations. She also received Boston University’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2009, has received the University’s Alumni Award for Service to Profession twice, and has been a National News Emmys judge since 2009. Davis also contributed to the 2001 book Global News Perspectives on the Information Age, edited by Tony Silvia.

Davis and her husband, Robert G. Wright, live in Teaneck, N.J. They are the parents of two sons: Tyler and Cooper.

Allison Davis was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 13, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - Allison J. Davis lists her favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - Allison J. Davis describes her mother, Doris Nelson
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - Allison J. Davis talks about tracing her maternal ancestors
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - Allison J. Davis describes her paternal family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - Allison J. Davis talks about how her parents met and her siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - Allison J. Davis describes her earliest memories including having tuberculosis
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - Allison J. Davis describes moving to Teaneck, New Jersey in 1958
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - Allison J. Davis describes the sights, sounds, and smells of growing up in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - Allison J. Davis talks about the busing program in Teaneck, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - Allison J. Davis shares her school memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - Allison J. Davis talks about her relationship with her brothers
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - Allison J. Davis shares her holiday memories
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - Allison J. Davis describes her parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - Allison J. Davis talks about her Caribbean ancestry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - Allison J. Davis describes the food she ate while growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - Allison J. Davis describes her personality
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - Allison J. Davis talks about her father's political activism
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - Allison J. Davis talks about the telegram that President John F. Kennedy sent to her father
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - Allison J. Davis talks about moving to an all-white neighborhood in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - Allison J. Davis talks about her mother's social life
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - Allison J. Davis remembers when her father discovered her brother's baseball talent
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - Allison J. Davis talks about the relationship between her father and President Richard Nixon
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - Allison J. Davis remembers her family's political discussions and her involvement with the Black Panther Party
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - Allison J. Davis talks about her father's concerns about the labor movement
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - Allison J. Davis describes attending Springbrook High School in Silver Spring, Maryland
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - Allison J. Davis talks about her brother's education
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - Allison J. Davis talks about attending Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - Allison J. Davis describes how her studies at Boston University prepared her for the working world
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - Allison J. Davis describes joining the Black Panther Party at Boston University
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - Allison J. Davis talks about her brief involvement with the Nation of Islam
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - Allison J. Davis recalls her parent's reaction to her graduating from college early
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - Allison J. Davis describes working at WBZ-TV in Boston, Massachusetts
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - Allison J. Davis talks about her mentor and the lack of African Americans at WBZ
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - Allison J. Davis describes her preference for being a news producer
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - Allison J. Davis tells the story of how she became a founding member of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - Allison J. Davis describes the original members of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - Allison J. Davis describes Chuck Stone's leadership of the National Association of Black Journalists
  • Tape: 4 Story: 9 - Allison J. Davis describes the vision of the National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
  • Tape: 4 Story: 10 - Allison J. Davis shares her memories of HistoryMaker Vernon Jarrett
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - Allison J. Davis talks about her husband, Robert Wright, pt. 1
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - Allison J. Davis talks about her husband, Robert Wright, pt. 2
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - Allison J. Davis talks about producing a story on lottery corruption at KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - Allison J. Davis talks about producing a story on overweight cops at KDKA in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - Allison J. Davis talks about working at NBC Nightly News from 1981 to 1983
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - Allison J. Davis talks about producing the television news program, "Monitor"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - Allison J. Davis talks about producing "Summer Sunday"
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - Allison J. Davis describes what she learned in her early career as a television news producer
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - Allison J. Davis describes her schedule while producing "Summer Sunday"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - Allison J. Davis talks about becoming a producer for the "Today Show" in 1984
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - Allison J. Davis describes her schedule as a working mother at the "Today Show"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - Allison J. Davis tells the story of the births of her children while working at the "Today Show"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - Allison J. Davis remembers producing stories in Africa and Cuba for the "Today Show"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - Allison J. Davis describes the audience's reaction to "Today in Africa"
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - Allison J. Davis talks about General Electric's takeover of NBC News
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - Allison J. Davis comments on racial representation in news reporting
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - Allison J. Davis remembers Bryant Gumbel's interview with Ike Turner
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - Allison J. Davis describes Bryant Gumbel's personality
  • Tape: 7 Story: 1 - Allison J. Davis talks about Bryant Gumbel's leaked memo in 1989
  • Tape: 7 Story: 2 - Allison J. Davis talks about Today Show hosts Deborah Norville and Katie Couric
  • Tape: 7 Story: 3 - Allison J. Davis talks about producing Scholastic-NBC News Video
  • Tape: 7 Story: 4 - Allison J. Davis talks about helping NBC News transition to the digital realm
  • Tape: 7 Story: 5 - Allison J. Davis describes the beginning of cyberjournalism at NBC Supernet
  • Tape: 7 Story: 6 - Allison J. Davis talks about backlash from the development team after she was featured on The New York Times business page
  • Tape: 7 Story: 7 - Allison J. Davis talks about MSNBC
  • Tape: 7 Story: 8 - Allison J. Davis talks about her work with Bryant Gumbel's Dunbar Productions
  • Tape: 7 Story: 9 - Allison J. Davis recalls witnessing the events of September 11, 2001
  • Tape: 7 Story: 10 - Allison J. Davis describes her husband's health problems
  • Tape: 8 Story: 1 - Allison J. Davis talks about her sons
  • Tape: 8 Story: 2 - Allison J. Davis describes her frustration with nonprofit work, pt. 1
  • Tape: 8 Story: 3 - Allison J. Davis describes her frustration with nonprofit work, pt. 2
  • Tape: 8 Story: 4 - Allison J. Davis describes her nonprofit work
  • Tape: 8 Story: 5 - Allison J. Davis describes working on the movie 42 for the Jackie Robinson Foundation
  • Tape: 8 Story: 6 - Allison J. Davis talks about her desire to continue telling stories
  • Tape: 8 Story: 7 - Allison J. Davis talks about her lack of career regrets
  • Tape: 8 Story: 8 - Allison J. Davis comments on the current state of television news
  • Tape: 8 Story: 9 - Allison J. Davis comments on the success of online journalism
  • Tape: 8 Story: 10 - Allison J. Davis talks about her parents' deaths
  • Tape: 9 Story: 1 - Allison J. Davis describes how she would like to be remembered
  • Tape: 9 Story: 2 - Allison J. Davis reflects upon her legacy
  • Tape: 9 Story: 3 - Allison J. Davis talks about her pride in her family