David Dawson is a communications professional with 36 years of experience in public affairs, public relations and small-business management. For the past 16 years, he has owned Executive Media.
For more than 15 years, David reported on state politics, business and government for the Gannett newspapers in New York and Indiana and assisted in the start-up of USA Today. He covered three national political conventions and won the New York Legislative Correspondents Association award in 1984 for state legislative reporting.
From 1989 until 1994, he was Press Officer to Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, responsible for day-to-day media relations in the governor's office and counsel to the governor on communications strategy. In 1988 and 1989, he edited Indiana Business magazine.
He incorporated Executive Media in 1994 and since then has worked with associations, interest groups, corporations and agencies to create public awareness and support of issues, ideas and causes. He is known in Indiana as an expert in crisis communications, public outreach, media relations and grasstops and grassroots operations.
Dawson directed the communications strategy and local, national and international media relations for the $1.1 billion New Indianapolis Airport, which opened in 2008.
Within Executive Media, he built a broadcast news monitoring company, which he sold to Cision in 2004.
Dawson is a gubernatorial appointee to the White River State Park Development Commission and the chair of its Design Committee. He was Treasurer of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation for 10 years and is a former president of the Indianapolis Public Relations Society.