Former WOUB Student’s Career Started on 9/11/2001< < Back to
David Meyers graduated in 2001
ATHENS, OH – Twenty years ago, the world changed for all Americans. For David Meyers, September 11, 2001 also changed the path of his media career. And he says he was ready for it, thanks to his time working as a student at WOUB.
“I had just graduated and was working in New York City as an unpaid intern in the sports department at New York 1, a 24-hour cable news network. I had sent my resumé everywhere in New York City trying to find a paying job. Then 9-11 happened,” said Meyers. “My resumé just happened to be sitting on top of the pile at ABC News. They called me that day and hired me to be a gopher at ground zero.”
That lead to a permanent position for Meyers at ABC News. He worked there for 13 years, moving his way up through the organization. Meyers worked as a broadcast producer for World News Now and America This Morning. He also worked as a bureau producer for the network, covering stories across the country like presidential elections and conventions, natural disasters, Super Bowls and dozens of major breaking news events.
“My experience at WOUB made me ready for that first opportunity on 9-11 and prepared me to take on the new opportunities that were presented to me there,” said Meyers.
Meyers grew up in Columbus and came to Ohio University in 1997 because of its strong reputation for journalism and media.
“I knew what I wanted to do professionally,” said Meyers. “I knew I wanted to work in television. I thought I wanted to work for ESPN because I loved sports.”
In the fall of his sophomore year, Meyers got involved at WOUB. He started working on the radio doing sports and news updates.
“WOUB gave me the opportunity to learn how the industry worked and to learn how things were done professionally,” said Meyers. “That hands-on approach provided me valuable tools and gave me resources to learn.”
Meyers left ABC News in 2015 to take a senior producer position at Bloomberg LP, overseeing Bloomberg TV’s global output.
“It was a great opportunity. I told them I didn’t know anything about financial news, but they said that they didn’t need financial experts, they needed people who know how to make good television.”
Meyers is now the executive producer of Bloomberg Quicktake. Bloomberg QuickTake is a 24/7 global news network built for social media. Meyers said it was created for the next generation of on-the-go, mobile-first consumers looking for a fast, accurate, and interactive news experience.
“I’m here working in the media industry because I was given a chance to do it in college at WOUB,” said Meyers. “WOUB was a great experience, and my career all comes back to my time at Ohio University.”