David Dow


David Dow

Chairman of the Board
CBS News Correspondent, Retired

Board Member since 1997

Named Chairman of the Board in January 2004, David Dow has been a member of the URM Board of Directors since 1997. Originally introduced to Union Rescue Mission as a reporter on assignment, Dow brings a unique perspective to the board as a 38-year veteran of print and broadcast journalism. Witness to many landmark events, Dow has developed a deep sensitivity for human distress.

He joined CBS News as a correspondent in1972, covering stories in more than two dozen countries on three continents, including the early stages of revolutions in Nicaragua and El Salvador and the battle for human rights in Latin America as well as the exodus of refugees from Cambodia in 1979. Dow shared in a network “Emmy” award in 1988 for a “48 Hours” program on Los Angeles street gangs and was named “Broadcast Journalist of the Year” for 1994 by the Greater Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

He is co-author of the book, “Cameras in the Courtroom: Television and the Pursuit of Justice.” Currently an adjunct lecturer at USC’s Annenberg School of Journalism, Dow shares his well-developed expertise since his retirement from CBS News in 2001. The third-generation California native is a graduate of Stanford University, an elder of Bel Air Presbyterian Church, father, and husband of Dr. Nancy Edwards, a pediatrician at the L.A. County-USC Medical Center. He is a former Trustee of Fuller Theological Seminary and is a U. S. Navy veteran who served on the carrier USS Enterprise during the Cuban missile crisis.