Member Spotlight: Andrew Davis

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Andrew Davis, WSAV-Savannah, where he is an Anchor, Reporter, and Investigative Reporter.

By Lou Phelps, SPJ Georgia Pro Board of Directors; Publisher, Coastal Empire News.

Andrew got his start in journalism and local media in Mobile, AL starting on the radio, followed by a stint in PR for Delta Airlines, and then landing an on-air job at WALA Fox Ten, in Mobile, where he worked his way up over a 12 year period. Moving to Savannah in 2005, he began as a reporter with WTOC before moving to his current home at WSAV.

Andrew has been part of several Emmy nominated newscasts, won several Associated Press awards, and won Bryan Awards and Murrow Awards for various stories, including Best Web Based Story for his profile of animals displaced and looking for new homes after the wildfires in Ware County.

In 2014 Andrew also earned a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award from Radio Television Digital News Association for his breaking news coverage of the surprise retirement of Savannah Police Chief Willie Lovett. In 2013 Andrew also earned a Georgia Associated Press Broadcasters Association award for General Reporting for his work on a local trail of sex predators.

But one of the things that has distinguished Andrew as a journalist in the Savannah media market, has been his service to the community outside the job, including chairing the City of Savannah’s Crimestoppers Board of Directors, the non-profit organization that rewards citizens for providing tips on crimes.  Using his indepth knowledge about crime in Savannah, he both covers the top crime stories, produces ongoing series on crime, and also supports the work of local law enforcement behind the scenes with Crimestoppers.

Q. Toughest day in Journalism?

A.  Covering the day after Katrina in Biloxi, Mississippi. See people walk around, looking for their loved ones, looking at what was left of their homes.  Eight hours there with devastation everywhere. People had no idea what’s next.

COASTAL EMPIRE NEWS

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