David Ushery

Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter





    Emmy award-winner David Ushery is the co-anchor for NBC 4 New York’s 5:30 p.m. weekday newscast and noon show on Thursdays and Fridays.


    Ushery co-anchored the weekend editions of "News 4 New York" at 6 p.m. and 11 p.m. and was host of the Emmy-nominated "The Debrief with David Ushery."

    "The Debrief," created by Ushery in 2009, was nominated for an Emmy for three consecutive years. The half-hour broadcast utilized an unscripted, conversational approach to storytelling that provided viewers with a unique behind-the-scenes perspective of the latest news being covered by NBC 4 reporters, colleagues and newsmakers. Though "The Debrief" is no longer in production, Ushery will continue to use style and format elements that made it a success.

    In 2010, a "Debrief" segment featuring a blog by New York City mothers launched the spin-off program, “Moms and the City and a Dad named David.” Ushery and the mothers examined issues from a parent’s point of view.

    Ushery, an integral member of the NBC 4 New York news team, has covered many breaking news stories. As part of NBC 4’s continuing team coverage of the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Ushery earned a National Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow award.

    Ushery covered the Newtown Connecticut elementary school shootings; the emergency landing of US Air Flight 1549 in the Hudson River and the 2008 and 2012 presidential elections. He made several trips to Rome to cover the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI; the 2013 papal conclave electing Pope Francis, the current Pope of the Catholic Church and the canonizations of Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Saint John XXIII.

    Ushery joined NBC 4 New York from WABC-TV, where, during his 10-year tenure, he rose from general assignment reporter to full-time anchor of the early morning and noon broadcasts and was the primary fill-in anchor for the evening newscasts.

    Ushery, well respected for his work as a reporter, provided extensive, in-depth reporting of the shooting death of Amadou Diallo and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. He has covered news outside of the tri-state area, reporting live on the space shuttle disaster from Houston, Texas; the O.J. Simpson trial in Los Angeles and the disappearance of Elizabeth Smart from Utah. He made multiple trips to Haiti for a series of reports on the island’s political and economic unrest; to Africa and Toronto for Pope John Paul II’s visit and to South Africa to cover the United Nation’s conference on racism.

    Ushery was the lead evening reporter for WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, and reported for the Hartford Courant and the Los Angeles Times. Ushery was 11 years old when he was selected from a Connecticut statewide search to host the local edition of “Kidsworld,” a nationally syndicated television show. One of his first interviews was with news icon Walter Cronkite, who was considered one of the most trusted men in America at the time. Ushery hosted "Kidsworld" until he was 18.

    Ushery, a much sought after emcee and keynote speaker for area schools and nonprofit events, has been recognized for his commitment to NBC 4 New York's viewing audience. He is the recipient of multiple awards, including the 2014 Nubian Cultural Center’s “2014 Legend’s Awards” for expertise and service to community; 2013 “Excellence in Journalism” award from the Public Relations Society of America; 2012 Emmy Award for Special Programming: Dead Sea Scrolls; 2011 McDonald’s Black Media Legends: Faces of Black History Award and the National Association of Black Journalists Award for his series of reports on children and violence.

    The Network Journal and Black Professionals Business Magazine named Ushery one of its “40 Under-Forty” for his journalistic accomplishments. The Israeli Consulate in New York City honored him for his comprehensive, fair and balanced reporting on issues that affect all New Yorkers.

    Ushery, a Harry S Truman Scholar, is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and in June 2014 received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from St. John’s University in New York.

    Ushery is married and has a son.


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