David Rummel has joined the UBC Graduate School of Journalism as an instructor for the 2011/2012 year. He will be co-teaching the International Reporting Program with Peter Klein and Advanced TV, as well as facilitating other television and advanced media-related activities at the School.
He is the Senior Producer for News and Documentary at The New York Times, where he produces Public Affairs television documentaries with The New York Times reporters for a variety of television outlets.
Recently he was the producer for the PBS Frontline documentary “The Secret History of the Credit Card,” which investigated the credit card industry and addiction to credit in the United States. Prior to this he produced “Chasing the Sleeper Cell” for Frontline and The New York Times, which documented a group of Yemeni-Americans in Lackawanna, New York that has been described as the “most dangerous terrorist cell” in America. Both documentaries were also featured in print in The New York Times.
Rummel is widely known for his PBS Frontline documentary production for New York Times Television, “A Dangerous Business,” which uncovered the egregious worker safety and environmental record of McWane Inc., one of the largest iron pipe manufacturers in the United States.
In relation to the documentary, he worked with a team of investigative journalists from The Times and the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) to produce an hour long documentary on McWane in that aired on CBC as well as a three part front-page series in The Times. ”A Dangerous Business” received six major journalism honors and the print series was awarded the prestigious Pulitzer Prize for Public Service.
Before he joined The New York Times in 2002, Rummel worked for ABC News as both a Senior Producer and Producer in the Investigative Unit with Chief Investigative Correspondent Brian Ross. While at ABC News he produced and supervised numerous investigative stories on topics such as the terrorist attacks of 9/11, to the sale of commercial drivers licenses in exchange for campaign contributions in Illinois and the trade in kidneys from political prisoners in China. He has received numerous honours for his stories.
Rummel has also worked as a Senior Producer for NBC News Dateline and as a Producer for CBS News correspondent Mike Wallace at 60 Minutes.
He began his career in television as a cameraman for WBRZ television in Baton Rouge, La., and went on to work as an editor for ABC News 20/20.
During the course of his career he has won Emmy’s, the Columbia- Dupont silver baton, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting, George Foster Peabody Awards, George Polk Awards, I.R.E. Investigative Reporter and Editors awards, and Overseas Press Club awards.
He has a Masters degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a B.A. in English literature from the University of Michigan.