Greg David spent 33 years as an award-winning business journalist before becoming director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism.
His work at the J-School includes overseeing the business and economic curriculum, assisting on student recruitment and advising, helping to place students in internships and fulltime jobs, and developing events and programs related to the program. He has taught courses on covering the economy, the New York City economy and business, and Wall Street. He also taught a course on the New York economy at the New School’s Milano division.
He continues to work as a journalist with a daily blog and weekly column in Crain’s New York Business and numerous speaking and media appearances. He is at work on a book on the transformation of the New York economy in the past 30 years.
He is most well known for his 23-year tenure as editor of Crain’s, the publication known as the leading source of information on the New York economy, on the companies and industries that make New York the business capital of the world, and on the many connections between government and industry. He led the paper’s entry into the web and expanded its online coverage and created two daily newsletters, Insider covering government and Pulse for local health care news. He moderated the well-known Crain’s breakfast forums with top governmental leaders as well as other Crain events. As editorial director, he created the successful Future of New York series of conferences and special reports, while continuing to write the paper’s editorials and overseeing its op-ed page.
During his time as editor, Crain’s was a repeat winner of the general excellence award of the Alliance of Area Business Publications. In 2008, Crain’s also won the award for general excellence from Society of American Business Editors and Writers. Under his leadership Crain’s New York Business won two Gerald W. Loeb Awards for excellence in financial journalism for stories on the demise of Crazy Eddie Inc. and the impact of AIDS on the fashion industry. It was a finalist for the 1995 award for its two-part series on Non-Profits: New York’s New Tammany Hall. It is the only regional business publication ever to win the award. David also won the John Hancock award for excellence in financial journalism for a story on the flight of industry from Kankakee, Ill. Another story he directed, a history of International Harvester, won a Champion Tuck Award.
He began his newspaper career at the Sarasota Herald Tribune and spent 4 1/2 years at the Charlotte Observer in North Carolina. He joined Crain Communications in 1976 as managing editor of Business Insurance. He moved to Crain’s Chicago Business in 1978 and spent 6 1/2 years there as managing editor and special projects editor. He became editor of Crain’s New York in April 1985. He has a B.A. in History from New College, Sarasota, Fla.