An award-winning anchor and reporter, as well as a New Yorker recognized for his commitment to community, David Ushery has been a cornerstone of NBC 4 New York news since 2003. Ushery co-anchors the weekend 6pm and 11pm editions of “News 4 New York,” is the host of “The Debrief with David Ushery” which also airs on New York Nonstop, and serves as the co-host of “Moms and the City and a Dad named David,” airing on New York Nonstop. Ushery is also the primary fill-in anchor for NBC 4’s weekday evening newscasts.
Ushery has been part of NBC 4’s anchor team guiding coverage of some of the most noteworthy events in recent memory including the "Miracle on the Hudson," the emergency landing of US Air Flight 1549 in the Hudson River, and the 2008 Presidential election of Barack Obama.
In 2009, Ushery created “The Debrief,” a weekly, half-hour broadcast providing viewers a unique, behind-the-scenes perspective of the news. The program uses an unscripted, conversational approach with Ushery interviewing NBC 4’s expert news reporters as they cover important stories in the New York City area.
In 2010, a “Debrief” segment featuring blogging New York City mothers launched the spin-off program, “Moms and the City and a Dad named David.” Ushery and the mothers examine issues from a parent’s point of view.
Ushery joined NBC 4 from WABC-TV, where during his 11 year tenure he rose from general assignment reporter to full-time anchor of the early morning and noon broadcasts, as well as primary fill-in anchor for the evening newscasts. Ushery was also noted for his work on the street. His high profile reports include extensive, in-depth coverage of the shooting death of Amadou Diallo and the September 11th terrorist attacks. Ushery also reported extensively outside the tri-state area as well as abroad. He was sent to Houston for the space shuttle disaster, to Los Angeles for the O.J. Simpson trial, and to Utah to cover the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart. He traveled on multiple occasions to Haiti for a serious of reports on the island’s political and economic unrest, to Africa and Toronto for Pope John Paul II’s visits to those countries, and to South Africa to cover the United Nation’s conference on racism.
Prior to joining WABC, Ushery was the lead evening reporter for WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut. He also reported for the Hartford Courant and the Los Angeles Times. When he was just 11, Ushery was selected from a Connecticut-wide search to host the local edition of Kidsworld, a nationally syndicated television show. He hosted Kidsworld until he was 18.
In 1993, Ushery won an award from the National Association of Black Journalists for his series of reports on children and violence. In 1999, The Network Journal Magazine named Ushery as one of its “40 Under-Forty.” In 2000, the Israeli Consulate honored Ushery for his series of reports from the country on a visiting political delegation from New York City. And in 2010, Ushery was a recipient of McDonald’s Faces of Black History Award. Ushery has volunteered at St. Charles Borromeo in Harlem and has also volunteered as a tutor for local pre-teen students.
Ushery is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is married and has a son.