David Hartman turned down professional
baseball offers out of high school to attend
Duke University, where he began working in
television and radio at age 17. He earned
a degree in Economics and served three years
active duty as an officer in the U.S. Air
Force, Strategic Air Command.
Back in civilian life, after some years working
in theater and dramatic television, he formed
a production company, Rodman-Downs, Inc.,
through which he has produced, written, and
hosted many hours of award-winning documentary
programs for network television, PBS, and
cable. Among his numerous professional honors
are two National News and Documentary Emmy
Awards, the Aviation/Space Writers' Journalism
Award, the Silver Apple Award, and the Cine
Hartman became the host of ABC's GOOD MORNING
AMERICA at its inception in 1975. During his
11 years as host, GMA became the #1 morning
news program as Hartman explored the world
in more than 5,000 hours of live television.
Reporting on topics as diverse as government,
science, aviation, health care, education,
the arts, and sports, he conducted more than
12,000 interviews with heads of state and
world leaders as well as with people from
every walk of life.
A WALK AROUND BROOKLYN (PART 1) WITH DAVID
HARTMAN AND HISTORIAN BARRY LEWIS is the host's
and guide's fourth collaboration with public
television station Thirteen/WNET New York.
A WALK DOWN 42ND STREET, a first-of-its-kind
"video walking tour," premiered in August,
1998 and was an instant success that left
viewers demanding more. In response, Thirteen
created A WALK UP BROADWAY (March, 1999) and
A WALK THROUGH HARLEM (December, 1999), giving
rise to one of the most popular series ever
produced by the station.
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