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Social Media Account Executive

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
May 23, 2018

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Will David, MA BA

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Apartment 140

Philadelphia, PA





Award-winning newspaper reporter with 38 years of experience covering general topics and criminal justice issues. Versed in digital, social media and multi-media reporting.

Participated (October 2016) on a news media panel at York College in Queens, New York in a discussion on the presidential elections.

English, Journalism and Criminal Justice teacher for students ranging from grade school to college.

Teacher with Kelly Educational Services in Philadelphia, PA.

Lectured/trained police recruits for law enforcement agencies throughout Westchester County, New York at the Westchester County Department of Public Safety Police Academy on relations between police departments and the news media.

A former adjunct college journalism professor and college newspaper advisor in New York.

Commissioned by a Cypriot foundation to write a (non-fiction) book about a police-involved shooting death of a pediatric neurologist in New York.

Former insurance representative in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for Accident and Health, Life and Fix Annuities.

Former insurance representative in New York State for Life and Accident and Health insurance.


Aug. 2016-current Kelly Educational Services teacher in Philadelphia, Pa.

Aug. 2016-2018 Colonial Life: Licensed agency sales representative.

1978 –May 2014 Employer: Gannett Newspapers

Position: Senior Criminal Justice/Internet Writer

Responsibilities: Newspaper and Internet reporter covering Criminal Justice and General assignment issues in Westchester, Putnam, and Rockland counties as well as the New York metropolitan area. Wrote video news stories for the Internet paper

1994 – 1999

Employer: Marymount College, Tarrytown, New York

Position: Adjunct Professor

Responsibilities: Teaching undergraduate level courses in journalism for the English

Department and advisor to students working for the college newspaper, The Cormont.

1976 – 1978

Employer: The Peekskill Evening Star

Position: Municipal Reporter and Sports Writer

Responsibilities: Assigned to cover sports, politics, education and municipal



1980-1986 Masters of Arts in Criminal Justice, City University of New York,

John Jay College of Criminal Justice.

1972-1976 Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Johnson C. Smith

University, Charlotte, North Carolina.


1.Gannett Writing Seminar in Newark, N.J.

2.Conference on Investigative Reporting at Yale University, New Haven, Conn.

3.Counter-terrorism seminar, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, sponsored by the American Society for Public Administration.

4.Seminar for Arson Investigations, Purchase College in Harrison, New York.

5.LGBTQ sensitivity training course.

6.Child sex abuse training course.

TEACHING and Lecturing Experience (UNDERGRADUATE)

1.Taught journalism at Marymount College

2.Lectured at the Westchester County Police Academy

3.Lectured at Monroe College

4.Lectured at CUNY

5.Lectured at Archbishop Stepinac High School


Wrote thousands of newspaper articles since 1976. Those articles included a variety of high profile topics, particularly in the area of criminal justice. Skilled at managing and maintaining relationships with public officials and private sector citizens in order to access and deliver information accurately and quickly. Versed in new social media communication techniques including blogging, LinkedIn, Facebook, and Twitter. Proficient in the use of The Internet and mobile digital tools and devices for gathering and writing news as well as producing video stories in the field under deadline pressure.

Former insurance account executive in Pennsylvania and New York.

Attended Professional Development on LGBTQ student support.


2002-2003--Spot News Awards for coverage of stories about a dog-fighting training Center, a massive fire that killed four people and an abandoned pet warehouse.

2001-2002--Spot News Awards for coverage of stories about a 2-year-old child killed by a stray bullet, a massive response to a case of food poisoning and a bank heist that resulted in one of the bandits being fatally shot by police.

2000--Award (given in Cyprus) from the Dr. Lenas Loizou Kakkouras

Foundation in appreciation for stories about the wrongful killing of the pediatric neurologist by a police officer in New York.

2000--Award for Best Enterprise Story, “Cops: DNA links killings.” Story about the capture of a serial killer.

1997--Spot News Award, “The death of Betty Shabazz.” Story about the death of Shabazz, an educator and civil rights advocate, who was the wife of Nation of Islam minister and human rights activist, Malcolm X.

1996--Award from the Mount Vernon Police Department in appreciation for support of the department’s efforts to enhance the quality of life in the community.

1996--Awards for stories including the TWA Flight 800 plane crash, arrest of a Long island serial killer tied to several Yonkers slayings and the 1995 Million Man March in Washington D.C.

1995--Award of Excellence, “Best of the Year Reporting,” Gannett Suburban


1994--Award of Excellence, “Best of the Year Reporting,” Gannett Suburban

Newspapers “Mighty Pen.”

1988--The Community Service Award of Excellence from the New York

Newspaper Publishers' Association awarded in Saratoga Springs, New York, for excellence in reporting.

1985--The New York State Associated Press Award for Spot News reporting,

"Blast Rips Union Carbide." Story about a 1984 terror bombing at Union Carbide plant in Westchester.

1984--The New York State Associated Press Award for Spot News reporting,

"Football Player's Death." A teen-aged football player with a history of heart trouble died playing when he should not have been.

Certificate of Appreciation Award for Public Service from the Westchester County Executive. The award was for providing “invaluable information” to local residents in times of crisis and emergencies.

1981--The New York State Associated Press Award for Spot News reporting,

"Mother, 2 Children Perish in Hawthorne Ave. Fire."

1972--The Jewish War Veterans' Award for Humanitarianism and Citizenship.


Sigma Tau Delta National English Honor Society

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