David was born and raised in Appleton, Wisconsin. He attended college at the University of Wisconsin-Steven's Point. He majored in resource management and environmental law enforcement. After college David was employed as a park ranger for the National Park Service.
David went on to attend graduate school at Texas A&M University where he pursued a Masters degree in Park Planning and Design. In the middle of his Masters degree he got involved in radio and television, at which point he made a career change.
He worked for three years as a news anchor/reporter at KBTX-TV in Bryan, Texas before moving to Lansing in 1986. He has been a television journalist in mid-Michigan for 17 years.
David is married to popular mid-Michigan radio personality Monica Harris. They have been married for 15 years and have three wonderful daughters.