David Bernknopf

David Bernknopf, SplendidVidDavid Bernknopf David specializes in video production, media strategy, media relations, and crisis communication. His clients range from major law firms and large corporations, including Chevron, ChoicePoint and Church’s Fried Chicken Restaurants, to non-profit organizations,  political candidates, authors and athletes.

David’s work focuses devising creative and successful videos to take advantage of both traditional and new media as well as understanding the dynamically changing nature of reputation management and crisis communication. He has taught  journalism, communications and public relations at a variety of universities including the University of Colorado, American University, Northwestern University and the Communication University of China in Beijing.

David  produced both long and short form videos for multiple platforms for Chevron,  the Georgia Governor’s Council on Developmental Disabilities and the nation of Sri Lanka.

A founding employee of CNN, David wrote and produced virtually all forms of programming at the network over more than 21 years, from 1980 to 2001. During those years, he won three Emmys, a National Headliner Award and the Edward R. Murrow award.

He filled many key roles at CNN, from writer to documentary and political news producer before eventually serving as CNN’s first Vice President, Director of News Planning.

David also served as a contributing editor, a writer and photographer for Travelgirl magazine, a columnist on legal issues and the media for The Fulton Daily Report and a reporter on economic issues for the bridal trade magazine Vows.

David is available for speaking engagements.

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Recent Projects

Selected Videography:

Project: D-Day 50th Anniversary

Description: Documentary I produced for CNN in 1994.


Project: Northern Ireland

Description: I produced a documentary for CNN with Christiane Amanpour on how Protestant and Catholic families looked at the 1998 peace referendum. This segment shows the wide gulf that still remained between those families.


Project: Cuba

Description: Prior to the Pope’s history-making visit to Cuba in 1998, Christiane Amanpour and I worked on a documentary examining the difficulties of life under the US embargo and the impact of Cuba’s own policies on the lives of average Cubans.


Project: Old fashioned revival meeting

Description: Story for PBS Religion and Ethics Newsweekly I produced in 2002