With a commitment to integrating journalism studies, practice, and criticism, David Conrad is interested in the changing landscape of 'foreign' correspondence in U.S. journalism, along with the information work of non-governmental organizations and foundations. His current research interrogates the production of 'foreign news', the history of U.S. reporting and nonprofit-journalism collaboration, and media representation of immigrants, refugees, and global crises.
A practicing journalist, Conrad has written or produced for the New York Times, PRI's The World, Columbia Journalism Review, Foreign Policy, Reuters, San Francisco Chronicle, Radiolab, BBC World Service, and the Globe & Mail, and his academic research has been published by Journalism: Theory, Practice and Criticism, Journalism Studies, and the International Journal of Communication. He most recently worked as a producer for WNYC's On the Media, and his work has received support from the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting, the Foreign Language Area Studies Fellowship Program, and the Google Journalism Fellowship program.
Conrad has also worked as a consultant for the United Nations and has a special interest in community media, participatory communication, and the field of communication for development. Other work has specifically explored the tensions between old and new forms of media and the implications that non-local donor ownership has on the identity and sustainability of grassroots media.
Conrad has an International Affairs M.A. from Ohio University (focused in 'Communication and Development Studies'), and a B.A. in Journalism.
David Conrad is a doctoral candidate at the Annenberg School for Communication.