Dave has done commentary for CBS Radio since 1993, and
serves as Charles Osgood’s fill-in. He's been recognized
with a Marconi nomination and the 2001, 2005, 2008 and 2011
Edward R. Murrow Awards for Commentary.
From 1983-2004 he hosted and produced Chip Talk for
Associated Press Radio, the first syndicated radio coverage of
computer technology, and was part of the 1995 Launch Team for C-NET.
In October of 2013 he launched an interview podcast called ROSSFIRE.
Overseas broadcasts: Baghdad (April 2004), Qatar
to cover US Central Command during the Iraq War (2003), Jerusalem
during the Intifada (2002), Ground Zero (September
2001), Soviet Union (1987, 1991, 1992), Turkey
& Jordan during the first Gulf War (1990), Berlin
Wall & Czechoslovakia (1989), China (1984), Hong Kong & Japan (1983).
He and his wife spent two weeks (off-duty) touring Iran
(2010), and ten days in Cuba in 2013.
In 2004, Dave took a leave of absence to run for an open seat in
Washington's 8th Congressional District. He was
recruited by the Democrats (who felt a moderate could win the
suburban swing voters east of Seattle) and won the Democratic
primary, but was defeated by now-Congressman (and former King
County Sheriff) Dave Reichert. The 8th has since been re-districted, in a way that coincidentally does not include Dave's residence.
Dave's now out of politics, but serves on the boards of the Transportation
Coalition, the Economic Opportunity Institute, and
as an adviser to the Dean of Seattle University's School of
Theology and Ministry. As a result, he gets to emcee numerous fundraisers.
Dave’s summer hobby is Gilbert & Sullivan, and since
1979 he's appeared as the comic baritone in most of the Seattle
Gilbert & Sullivan Society’s summer productions at Seattle
Center. He's served as a Trustee of the Society and
performed at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in
Buxton, England in 1996 & 1999.
Occasionally, Dave will do a singing commentary -- but a little
goes a long way.
He and Patti have been married 40 years, and have two grown daughters.
Dave has written enough commentaries to fill several books, but
feels they are more effective when spoken aloud.