Debate Biography


Jeff Burnside has been in the news business for more than 20 years; as a reporter, anchor or manager in cities such as Seattle, Boston and now Miami. He was one of the reporters for the WTVJ NBC 6 Decision 2004 team and has covered presidential politics from Carter, Bush 1, Clinton and Bush 2, as well as local and state politics.

For several years, Burnside took a break from broadcast journalism to work on the inside of politics. He worked in public affairs media doing work for a variety of statewide and Congressional campaign in Massachusetts and Washington State, as well as not-for-profit organizations. He also wrote position papers, drafted speeches, raised money, and crafted media strategies for candidates, think tanks and NGOs.

Burnside is a Western Knight Center for Specialized Journalism Fellow at the University of Southern California for the Center¹s political journalism track, the only television reporter to be selected.

He has served on numerous panels covering political issues, as well as media ethics and environmental issues, his other area of focused coverage. As such, Burnside created NBC 6's award-winning EcoWatch segment. He was a Fellow at the Metcalf Institute for Environmental Reporting at the University of Rhode Island, and has been an invited speaker at the Pew Marine Fellows global conference three years, and twice at the Aldo Leopold Leadership Seminar. He is serving on a National Science Foundation commission examining climate change and the media. Burnside won a Packard/Seaweb grant to cover the Int'l Coral Reef Symposium in Bali, Indonesia and the Marine Conservation and Biology conference in San Francisco.

He is also a member of the Investigative Reporters and Editors, a RTNDF Advisory Panel, and the Society of Environmental Journalism.

He's the recipient of more than 20 awards including three regional Emmy's.

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