Hartman, David

Journalist and Media Host

Hartman, David

David Hartman started on air in commercial radio at age eighteen to help pay for college. After earning a BA degree in Economics and a commission as an officer in the United States Air Force he served three years active duty in the Strategic Air Command. Then, back in civilian life, he turned to the media and television.

Hartman created his own documentary production company in the early nineteen seventies. His first program taught prospective parents about the importance of prenatal care and showed the birth of a child for the first time on American television. Over many decades he has co-produced, written, and hosted more than sixty hours of documentaries for the networks, PBS and cable. His many journalism honors include National News and Documentary Emmys and the Aviation and Space Writers Journalism Award. He and then Governor Ronald Reagan were honored together by the San Francisco Press Club for their community service.

Hartman continues to produce and host a dozen documentaries annually on the history of military aviation and America’s efforts in space. In recent years, as panel moderator, he accompanied astronauts Neil Armstrong, Jim Lovell and Gene Cernan on three morale-boosting tours visiting our troops in Iraq, Afghanistan, Persian Gulf bases and aircraft carriers in the Northern Arabian Sea.

For over eleven years, as the original host of Good Morning America, Hartman conducted more than twelve thousand interviews with subjects ranging from heads of state to families in the American heartland. One of his exclusive interviews was a conversation with Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi on the Sahara desert after the United States bombed Libya in 1986.

His personal and professional mission has been to present information on television that viewers can use in constructive, positive ways to make their lives better and to be better informed.