David Hoffman is the President Emeritus and Founder of Internews, a global non-profit organization that supports open media worldwide. He is a leading expert on media policy and has worked with local journalists in numerous countries including in the former Soviet Union, the Balkans, Africa, Southeast Asia, and the Middle East.
He is also a founder of the Global Forum for Media Development, representing media NGOs in 100 countries.
Hoffman has written widely about media and democracy, the Internet, and the importance of supporting pluralistic media around the world. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the International Herald Tribune, Foreign Affairs, and the San Francisco Chronicle. Hoffman has also testified before U.S. House and Senate committees on the issue of press freedom.
Hoffman has worked on various media initiatives around the world involving radio, television, and the Internet. He was project director of the Emmy-award winning television series “Capital to Capital” in 1987 and was project director for Internews’ broadcasts of the proceedings of the War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, for which Internews was awarded the European Commission’s ECHO Award for Broadcast Commitment in 1996. From 1980-1982 he was the editor of Evolutionary Blues, a journal of political thought on international conflict, the threat of nuclear war, and US-Soviet relations. Hoffman was previously the national director of the peace movement Survival Summer, a coalition of peace and environmental groups which launched the anti-nuclear war movement of the early 1980’s.
Hoffman has a BA in Political Science from Johns Hopkins University and has completed doctoral work in the Social and Intellectual History of the United States at the University of Colorado.