David Goodnow joined CNN Headline News in October 1982, as one of its original anchors at the Atlanta International headquarters. He reported from the anchor desk for more than eighteen years. Goodnow was on the air when some of the major stories of the 1980s and 1990s occurred, including live coverage of the Gulf War.
Goodnow began his broadcast career as a radio reporter, graduated to news director, then onto air personality. Goodnow attended Vincennes University and holds an Honorary Doctorate in broadcasting, awarded in 1996 by Vincennes University. He was also recognized with the University's Faculty Citation for his career in broadcasting, public relations, and community service.
During his career, Goodnow has covered state governments and presidential campaigns in the Midwest, plus inaugural events in Washington, D.C., as an anchor and reporter for group-owned radio and television stations. An investigative reporter, one of his series on railroad right-of-way safety was honored by "Broadcasting Magazine." He was public relations director and alumni director for Vincennes University, public information supervisor for Public Service Indiana, and has owned and advertising and public relations agency.
In December 1999, Goodnow retired from network news. He now serves as a professional voice for client organizations, documentary anchor, host of video presentations, a corporate spokesman, a consultant in public relations matters, and is a speaker emphasizing corporate image goals as they relate to the media. He is also the author of a book on workplace conduct, "Coping with Your Job."
Goodnow was initiated into Vincennes Chapter DeMolay in Vincennes, Indiana, in 1952. Goodnow is a Legion of Honor recipient. He serves on DeMolay's International Supreme Council as an honorary member since 1999 and on the DeMolay Foundation Board of Trustees. Goodnow is a 33rd Degree Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Lessing Lodge F&AM #464. Goodnow was inducted into the DeMolay Hall of Fame on June 19, 1998.
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