David Beard

David Beard

David Beard is the former executive editor of PRI.org. He has worked both in the trenches as a foreign correspondent and editor and as a strategist leading digital change and audience growth for major news organizations. 

He started his journalism career as a foreign reporter in Latin America and an international editor for AP and the Boston Globe. He then jumped into multimedia storytelling and inventing new ways to engage people on the web, first as editor of Boston.com and later as deputy editor-in-chief of National Journal. As digital content director for the Washington Post, David rapidly built new audience and coverage for the Post’s site through newsletters, blogs, videos and graphic storytelling projects. 

David also believes in collaboration, with the audience and with other news organizations. He has forged partnerships with newsrooms that include National Geographic, Roll Call, Smithsonian, The New York Times and The Atlantic.

He is a former digital journalism instructor at the Harvard Extension School, a scholar for the Inter American Press Association and a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism.

Beard left PRI in 2016.

Recent Stories


Iran frees detained Americans as part of broader US-Iran deal


Those freed included Washington Post reporter Jason Rezaian, who had been held for 544 days on trumped-up charges. Iran's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, tweeted: "It’s now time for all — especially Muslim nations — to join hands and rid the world of violent extremism. Iran is ready."