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 Golden Eagle.

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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