David began working for Dateline in May 1998, during the riotous final days of President Soeharto's rule.
He stayed on as Dateline's Indonesia correspondent for the next six years, covering East Timor's dramatic birth and filming numerous profiles and reports from around the archipelago. David has also reported from Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and throughout the Asia Pacific region.
As a seasoned journalist, he's interviewed many rough characters including warlords, rebel leaders, people smugglers, gang members and militia leaders. In 2006, he was caught in the middle of a major gun battle in East Timor, his memorable footage captured in the story Four Days in Dili.
In 2003, just days before Australian peacekeepers arrived in the Solomon Islands to re-establish law and order, he travelled by banana boat to Guadalcanal's remote Weathercoast to record the first interview with notorious warlord Harold Keke.
David is a four-time Walkley and two-time Logie finalist and has twice won a UN Media Peace award. His films have been screened at international film festivals and broadcast around the world.
In 2004, he co-produced and presented Dateline's celebrated 20th anniversary special, Many Happy Returns - 20 Years In The Firing Line.
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