David L. Messerschmidt is the Manager of Media Projects at the Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs at the University of Washington in Seattle. A former public radio journalist, he founded the Public Radio Olympia Bureau and served as its editor for five years. His radio features and documentaries have been distributed regionally and nationally. Messerschmidt was the creator and executive producer for Northwest Journal, a daily public radio news magazine. He was also the founding producer for the Washington News Service, a spot news service on social issues for commercial stations around the state. Among other media responsibilities at the Evans School, he coordinates “From the Forum,” a weekly public affairs series produced with TVW, and teaches workshops on media advocacy. His interests include creating community and media dialogues, developing information as policy advocacy, and telling policy stories. He teaches a course exploring impacts of news coverage on public policy. It exposes journalists’ approaches to coverage of public affairs, as well as strategies used by leaders of public/non-profit agencies to attract favorable coverage and minimize damaging coverage. Students learn techniques for assessing impacts of news coverage.


David Messerschmidt / Manager / Civic Engagement and Outreach
Daniel J. Evans School of Public Affairs /
Box 353060 /
Seattle, WA 98195-3060 /
phone: 206-221-7642 /