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David A. Wilson

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Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Thai Chicken Red Curry
Favorite Time of Year:
May, September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahia, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
You Are The Best You That Anyone Can Be. Don’t Forfeit That One Advantage In Life By Trying To Be Someone That You’re Not.

Birthplace

Born:
4/15/1977
Birth Location:
Newark, New Jersey

Profession

Category:
MediaMakers
Occupation(s):
Journalist
Media Executive

Favorites

Favorite Color:
Blue
Favorite Food:
Thai Chicken Red Curry
Favorite Time of Year:
May, September
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Bahia, Brazil
Favorite Quote:
You Are The Best You That Anyone Can Be. Don’t Forfeit That One Advantage In Life By Trying To Be Someone That You’re Not.

Birthplace

Born:
4/15/1977
Birth Location:
Newark
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Biography

Journalist and media executive David A. Wilson was born in Newark, New Jersey in 1977 to Vernon and Beverly Wilson. One of ten children, he was raised in the Georgia King Village housing projects in Newark. Wilson went on to attend Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey. In 1997, during his sophomore year in college, he was hired as an intern at WABC-TV in New York City, where he worked on the show Like It Is and was mentored by Gil Noble. Wilson received his B.S. degree in communications from Rowan University in 1999.

Upon graduation, Wilson worked at the assignment desk for local news outlets. In 2000, he was hired at Network News Service (NNS), where he served as lead producer and oversaw newsroom operations. Wilson went on to research and develop content for the award-winning CBS News program 48 Hours. In 2005, he left his job at CBS, co-founded the film production company Three Part Media LLC, and began work on the film Meeting David Wilson, a documentary that chronicles Wilson’s personal journey to find answers to today's racial disparities in America, where he served as director and writer. Meeting David Wilson premiered on MSNBC in 2008, and won the Radio-Television News Directors Association/UNITY: Journalists of Color Award.

In 2009, following the success of Meeting David Wilson, Wilson and Three Part Media founded NBC News’ TheGrio.com, the first video-centric news community site devoted to providing African Americans with stories and perspectives that are underrepresented in existing national news outlets. Wilson first served as managing editor of TheGrio, and was named executive editor in 2011. In 2013, TheGrio became a division of the MSNBC cable channel.

Wilson has been honored as one of The Network Journal‘s 40 Under 40.

David Wilson was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on February 19, 2014.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 2 - David Wilson lists his favorites
  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - David Wilson describes his father's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - David Wilson talks about his father's upbringing
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - David Wilson describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - David Wilson lists his siblings
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - David Wilson describes his earliest childhood memory
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - David Wilson remembers the hardships of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 9 - David Wilson remembers the Georgia King Village housing project in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 1 Story: 10 - David Wilson describes the sights, sounds and smells of his childhood
  • Tape: 1 Story: 11 - David Wilson describes his home in the Georgia King Village projects
  • Tape: 1 Story: 12 - David Wilson describes his family life
  • Tape: 1 Story: 13 - David Wilson talks about his father's abuse
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - David Wilson reflects upon his relationship with his father
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - David Wilson remembers growing up with ten siblings
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - David Wilson talks about the 13th Avenue/Dr. MLK, Jr. School in Newark, New Jersey, pt. 1
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - David Wilson describes the quality of the education system in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - David Wilson talks about the 13th Avenue/Dr. MLK, Jr. School in Newark, New Jersey, pt. 2
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - David Wilson describes his decision to enroll at the Milton Hershey School in Hershey, Pennsylvania
  • Tape: 2 Story: 7 - David Wilson recalls his family's response to his enrollment at the Milton Hershey School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 8 - David Wilson describes his decision to leave the Milton Hershey School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 9 - David Wilson remembers returning to Newark, New Jersey to attend Newark Arts High School
  • Tape: 2 Story: 10 - David Wilson describes his early interest in art
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - David Wilson talks about the alumni of Newark Arts High School in Newark, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - David Wilson remembers his interests during high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - David Wilson remembers his friends at Newark Arts High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - David Wilson recalls his decision to attend Rowan University in Glassboro, New Jersey
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - David Wilson remembers developing an interest in documentary film
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - David Wilson remembers the influence of Gil Noble
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - David Wilson talks about his experiences at Rowan University
  • Tape: 3 Story: 8 - David Wilson recalls the influence of Professor Ned Eckhardt
  • Tape: 3 Story: 9 - David Wilson talks about his internship with Gil Noble
  • Tape: 3 Story: 10 - David Wilson remembers covering the assault of Abner Louima
  • Tape: 3 Story: 11 - David Wilson recalls covering the death of Betty Shabazz
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - David Wilson describes his short film 'Hidden Heroes: African American Women in WWII'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - David Wilson remembers his first job as a production secretary for '48 Hours'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - David Wilson describes his experiences of racial discrimination at CBS
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - David Wilson talks about 'The Ananda Lewis Show'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - David Wilson remembers the production tactics on 'The Ananda Lewis Show'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - David Wilson describes the beginnings of the 'Meeting David Wilson' project
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - David Wilson remembers the production of 'Meeting David Wilson'
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - David Wilson talks about the release of 'Meeting David Wilson'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - David Wilson talks about the creation of 'Meeting David Wilson'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - David Wilson reflects upon the documentary filmmaking process
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - David Wilson remembers the premiere of 'Meeting David Wilson'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - David Wilson recalls lessons from the making of 'Meeting David Wilson'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - David Wilson talks about the reception of 'Meeting David Wilson'
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - David Wilson remembers launching TheGrio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - David Wilson describes the process of creating TheGrio
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - David Wilson talks about TheGrio's early competitors
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - David Wilson describes the challenges of building an online news source
  • Tape: 5 Story: 10 - David Wilson talks about his plans for TheGrio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - David Wilson talks about the racial gap in digital entrepreneurship
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - David Wilson describes his concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - David Wilson describes his hopes for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - David Wilson talks about the legacy of TheGrio
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - David Wilson reflects upon his generation's legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - David Wilson reflects upon his legacy