In the News: Today’s Social and Political Landscape
Emmy Award-winning journalist Linsey Davis has had a meteoric rise to host ABC News Live Prime and World News Tonight Sunday, covering global stories and interviewing major influential figures, politicians, and health officials including Hillary Clinton, Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates, and others. Linsey offers unparalleled analysis, raises vital questions, and leans into tough conversations about the social and political issues of the day. She also shares insights into the business of journalism and news media.
Diversity and Inclusion: Taking the Next Step for Meaningful Inclusion
While most D&I efforts fall short of significant change, Linsey Davis galvanizes audiences to reimagine what inclusion looks like – and feels like – in our personal and professional lives. Responding to the incredible recent shift in the culture around diversity and inclusion, Davis breaks down the ideas in accessible terms, imparting the practical yet profound possibilities of how we can change our classrooms, conference rooms, and corporations for the better.
Drawing on Faith: Facing Difficult Challenges & Finding Hope
Emmy Award-winning journalist Linsey Davis speaks with warmth and candor about how she has drawn on her Christian faith to face challenges and find inspiration. From overcoming health issues, to embarking on a celebrated career as a children’s author, Linsey shares her uplifting faith journey and creates a meaningful connection with audiences.
Mirrors, Windows, and Sliding Doors: Creating a Culture of Diversity in Children’s Literature
A celebrated children’s book author, Linsey Davis reveals the inspiration behind her process – writing mirrors for children who will see themselves reflected in the pages, as well as providing windows into unfamiliar worlds that offer a chance to develop empathy and understanding. Her innovative approach captures not only the imagination of young readers but offers impactful ideas for adult audiences as well.
Shirley Chisholm Set the Table: How the First Black Congresswoman Inspired Today’s Leaders
Linsey Davis draws on her award-winning reporting skills to trace the history of Black women in United States politics, illuminating for audiences the power of historic figures and the shifts in culture their achievements represent.
Linsey Davis is currently an anchor for ABC News Live Prime, which is ABC News Live’s first-ever streaming evening newscast, and weekend World News Tonight on Sundays. She is a correspondent filing reports for World News Tonight, Good Morning America, 20/20 and Nightline.
Throughout the 2020 presidential election cycle, Davis was at the forefront of ABC News’ coverage, beginning with all eight nights of the Democratic and Republican National Conventions to co-anchoring major political events such as two presidential debates, the vice presidential debate, presidential election coverage and Inauguration Day. She showcased her tough, but fair moderating skills at ABC News’ Democratic presidential debates in September, 2019 and February, 2020, holding candidates accountable on racial inequality and other key issues.
Additionally, Davis has conducted interviews with major influential figures, politicians and health officials including Hillary Clinton, Mike Pence, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Bill Gates and a powerful exclusive interview with Myon Burrell, a Minneapolis inmate who said he was wrongfully convicted for murder. In June, 2020, as the racial divide in America and the protests against police brutality were growing, Davis led the first roundtable discussion with Black female mayors of Atlanta, Georgia, Washington, D.C., Baton Rouge, Louisiana and Tacoma, Washington. Davis also anchored the documentary Homegrown Hate: The War Among Us, which shed a spotlight on the issue of domestic terrorism and hate-inspired violence in the United States.
Davis has covered news stories around the globe, including the Las Vegas massacre, Harvey Weinstein allegations and subsequent MeToo Movement, Boston Marathon bombing, Nairobi Mall massacre and several of President Obama’s trips overseas. Her coverage ranges from the 2016 presidential election to social injustice and various natural disasters, including the earthquake in Haiti and multiple hurricanes.
Davis got the only interview with comedian Bill Cosby in the wake of dozens of sexual assault allegations. Leading up to the Iowa caucuses, she interviewed the spouses of seven of the presidential candidates as part of a series called “Running Mates.”
In 2009, Davis reported on the miracle on the Hudson and Michael Jackson’s death. That same year, she also made waves with her Nightline report “Single Black Female.” The story, which went viral, examined why African American women are the least likely of any race or gender to walk down the aisle.
Davis joined ABC News as a New York-based correspondent for ABC NewsOne, the network’s affiliate news service. Before joining the network in June 2007, Davis was anchor of the weekend evening newscasts at WTHR-TV in Indianapolis. She started out as a reporter in 2003 and, during her time there, reported from New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, from Torino for the 2006 Winter Olympics and from Athens for the 2004 Summer Olympics. From 2001-2003, she was a reporter at WJRT-TV, the ABC owned station in Flint, Michigan. Davis has received several honors for her reporting, including two Emmy® Awards and a regional Edward R. Murrow Award.
Her children's book, The World is Awake, became a bestseller in February 2019; in August 2019, Davis released her second book, One Big Heart, which also became a bestseller. Davis’ third book, Stay This Way Forever, was released in February 2021.
Davis earned her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Virginia and a Master of Arts degree in communications from New York University.