David Ushery - NBC New York

David Ushery

Emmy Award-winning anchor and reporter



    David Ushery

    Emmy award-winner David Ushery is the co-anchor for NBC 4 New York’s 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekday newscasts.  An integral member of the NBC 4 New York news team, Ushery has covered many of the largest and most visible breaking news stories across the Tri-State region - and around the world.

    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.  In June 2016, Ushery was on the ground in Orlando, Florida offering reports from the scene of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history:  the Pulse Nightclub massacre.  

    In November, 2015, Ushery travelled to Paris and provided live updates in the aftermath of the city’s deadly terrorist attacks.  He has also 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 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." Created by Ushery in 2009, “The Debrief” 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 continues to use the style and format elements which made the show 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 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.  Well respected for his work as a reporter, Ushery provided extensive, in-depth reporting of the shooting death of Amadou Diallo and the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

    He covered news outside of the tri-state area during his time at WABC-TV, 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.

    Prior to joining WABC-TV, Ushery was the lead evening reporter for WFSB-TV in Hartford, Connecticut, and also reported for the Hartford Courant and the Los Angeles Times.  He 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.

    Known for his passion for volunteerism and tireless service to the local community, Ushery is a much sought after emcee and keynote speaker for area schools and nonprofit events.  He has been repeatedly recognized for his commitment to NBC 4 New York's viewing audience and has been honored with  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.  In June, 2014 Ushery received an Honorary Doctorate Degree from St. John’s University in New York.  He is married and has a son.