David Verdi is the Senior Vice President of Worldwide News Gathering for NBC News. He oversees all domestic and international NBC News bureaus and assignment desks, news affiliate partnerships, rights and clearances and the NBC News Channel. Responsible for the safety and security of NBC News teams in the field, Verdi is on the advisory committee of the Rory Peck Trust for freelance journalists.
Verdi was promoted to this role in November 2012 after serving as Vice President, Worldwide News Gathering, NBC News since 2005. In this capacity, he oversaw the domestic and international NBC News bureaus as well as the NBC News network assignment desk.
With the launch of MSNBC in 1996, Verdi led the team that redesigned NBC's newsgathering system to enable NBC News to compete on its cable and broadcast networks simultaneously. A leader in the industry, NBC News produces more content, on more platforms than any of its competitors. In addition to NBC News and MSNBC, NBC's newsgathering contributes editorial, production and logistical support to CNBC, NBC's owned and operated and affiliated stations, Telemundo, The Weather Channel, E! News, NBC.com and multiple digital platforms.
Verdi joined NBC News in 1990 as a producer on "Nightly News with Tom Brokaw." He served as Assistant News Director from 1992 to 1993, and Executive News Director from 1993 to 2005.
Verdi has won three Emmy Awards for NBC’s Breaking News Coverage of the 2013 Tornado Devastation in Oklahoma, Live News Coverage of The Boston Marathon Bombings and the Downing of Malaysia Flight 17. He won two Edward R. Murrow Awards for NBC’s Live Coverage of the Withdrawal of American Troops from Iraq and coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings. He has also been recognized with the Society of Professional Journalist’s award for NBC’s Breaking News Coverage of the Boston Marathon Bombings and a Peabody award for NBC’s Continuing Coverage of ISIS.
Prior to joining NBC News, he worked at ABC News for 11 years. In December 1979, he started as a freelance desk assistant on "America Held Hostage" with Ted Koppel, covering the Iranian student takeover of the American Embassy in Teheran. The show evolved into "Nightline" where Verdi worked for two years. Subsequently, he served as associate producer, tape producer, field producer and broadcast producer on "Good Morning America," "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" and "This Week with David Brinkley."
Verdi graduated from the University of Northern Colorado in 1979 with a B.A. in journalism. He and his wife, Bernadette, have four children and reside in New Jersey.