David Ushery: Emcee of the 59th Charter Award Dinner
One of the region's best-known and most-respected newscasters, Emmy Award-winner David Ushery serves as the co-anchor for NBC 4 New York's 11 AM and 5 PM 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 a key component of NBC 4's continuing team coverage of Hurricane Sandy in 2012, Ushery's work was honored with a National Emmy and an Edward R. Murrow Award for broadcast excellence.
Ushery won a New York Emmy in 2019 for his profile on 9/11 responder Michael Dorian, who was diagnosed with cancer following his service and later fought a challenging battle to secure the health benefits due to him under the law. Later that year, Ushery conducted one of the last televised interviews with the late NYPD Detective Luis Alvarez, who helped lead the grassroots campaign which resulted in renewal of the federal Victim's Compensation Fund.
In 2018, Ushery travelled to Houston, Texas to deliver live updates following the funeral of former President George H.W. Bush. Earlier that year, Ushery travelled to Jerusalem where he took Tri-State viewers to the opening of the new United States Embassy. He also took viewers to the front lines in Gaza and the West Bank, where massive protests led to confrontations with police.
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. While at WNBC, Ushery provided extensive, in-depth reporting of the shooting death of Amadou Diallo as well as the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. He also covered news outside of the tri-state area during that time, including 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.
Known for his passion for volunteerism and tireless service to the local community, Ushery is the recipient of honorary degrees from St. John's University (2014), St. Francis College (2018) and Fordham University (2019). He has also 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.
Ushery, a Harry S Truman Scholar, is a graduate of the University of Connecticut. He is married and has a son.