Greg David is the director of the Business & Economics Reporting Program at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism while continuing his work as a journalist writing a blog and weekly column for Crain’s New York Business.
He also runs the school’s Ravitch Fiscal Reporting Program, which provides advanced training to reporters covering state and local governments.
He teaches classes on Covering the Economy, Covering Markets and Companies and an urban concentration course on the New York City Economy. His January Academy Crash Course offers non-business students a three-night introduction to the economy, markets and publicly held companies.
His work at the J-School includes overseeing the business and economics curriculum, assisting on student recruitment and advising, helping to place students in internships and full-time jobs, and developing events and programs related to the program.
He is the author of Modern New York: The Life and Economics of a City, published in April 2012 by Palgrave Macmillan, which The Economist called the “fast-paced story of the fall and rise of New York.” His work for Crain’s covers politics, business and the economy. He is a frequent commentator and radio and television and gives numerous speeches on the state of New York.
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.