Madison Can Be Proud of WISC-TV’s David Douglas


When I tuned in “Live At Five” on Monday afternoon I found myself taking a step back, breaking into a grin, and clapping.   I found myself feeling a lot of pride that one of Madison’s talented journalists, David Douglas, was reporting live from in front of the White House. 

For David Douglas who is making journalism his career it must have been quite a day.  For those of us who follow Douglas’ stories on WISC-TV we know he earned the right to report about the Medal of Honor from Washington.  

I just know that Douglas would rather folks blog about  U.S. Army Sgt. Salvatore Giunta, the soldier who is honored, or the soldier from McFarland, Sgt. Joshua Brennan, who died from battle wounds.  There is no doubt that both men deserve lots of words and praise.

But if we take a step back from the story about the award to be presented at the White House on Tuesday, there is no way not to feel pride about David Douglas.

Though he has covered a multitude of stories I think Douglas’ best job, and perhaps the toughest, was reporting earlier this year from Sauk County about the little boy who would be found drowned in a river.  He got the facts, reported them with solid writing, and added a dose of humanity.   That is the type of person we want to not only report the news, but also are proud to have live in our city.

It is because of his most remarkable ease in front of the camera, the ability to report authoritatively, while allowing his humanity to show, that makes him the perfect reporter for the story about the people involved with the Medal of Honor.

At one time I  thought about broadcast journalism as a full-time job.  So I can imagine the smile when Douglas with his passes and credentials was allowed into the White House compound today.  I can sense what he must have thought as he stood in the area with major network reporters doing stand-ups from the lawn of the White House.  So tonight I am very happy for this reporter.  

At a time when there are so many awful stories about sports heroes who let us down, singers who spend time in jail, and Hollywood stars hopped up on drugs we have every right to feel pride over the achievement of one who worked hard at his job and is making a difference.

On behalf of a lot of Madisonians, thank you David Douglas.

6 thoughts on “Madison Can Be Proud of WISC-TV’s David Douglas

  1. Greg Milward

    Great post…I thought the same thing last night. Having lived in DC for a decade the majesty of the White House was ever present. The fact that David was allowed to cover this story is great; after all they could have contracted with a pool reporter to do live feeds. David’s coverage really personalizes the story.

    Thanks for giving David the recognition.

  2. James

    I am very glad to see that the local network station has made the investment in David Douglas, sending him to the nation’s capital to get the story. David has been doing a fantastic job here in Madison. There is no story in which he appears before viewers with less than stellar professionalism. We are proud to have him in our city and in our homes each night.

  3. Thank you very much for your kind words. SSG. Giunta’s actions are nothing short of incredible and it was a true honor to report on such a significant event on behalf of WISC-TV. I truly appreciate your continued viewership.

    All the best,

    David

  4. Curious with questions?

    I hope that no one takes this as a disrespectful attack from a homophobic bigot, because it is as far from that as possible. Even though Madison is an amazing city with a large diversity of people of every kind you could ever imagine. Despite this its hard growing up a young homosexual struggling to share this openly with people besides those close to me, I envy David Douglas from what he has done as a reporter here and elsewhere. Without a doubt no other reporter/anchor holds my attention and reports the news with perfection. I feel so bad when I overhere people saying that he is a good reporter but they dislike him because he is gay. I have done some research but with no fruition. It makes my laugh that I am spending so much time researching this. In the world, country, state, county, and city there are homosexual people everywhere. Some of these people are just everyday run of the mill people, but there are plenty in powerful positions. While I feel no matter there job title; politician, or burger flipper they all help me in my struggle to be accepted by people who judge because of there own issues and insecurities. So anyways to my question. David Douglas, are you with me or is that just some selfish judgment people make. If no one can tell me I totally understand, its not a strangers business to know anothers strangers intimate life decisions. But Dave if your out there and your open, or if I am way way way off base let me know. No matter the answer I will always respect your reporting and broadcasting as top notch, so keep it up!!!! Really hope to hear from you, if you want to talk about it or anything but not on a public website just respond to me and let me know to email you privately

  5. Curious,

    You are lucky to grow up in Madison and have a diverse and open community to be yourself. I am not sure your age but I might suggest that if you are still in school you make contact with staff as public schools in Madison are great with gay teens and young adults and can seek out resources to help with a variety of needs.

    I grew up in a very conservative rural area of Wisconsin in the late 70’s, and came out during my time as a broadcaster in Door County. Once moving to Madison it was so nice to have a whole city that was for the most part open-minded and accepting. You can read this blog and discover that I have become quite pointed in my hopes for the right of gay people to marry.

    We all have a right to live life completely. Trust in yourself, keep close friends you can confide and rely on, and never allow anyone to deny you your rights or place in society based on who you are.

    Take care and thanks for commenting.

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