David Downs 

110 Highland Ave.
San Francisco, CA.
415.240.2742 cell
415.525.3493 desk

2004, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL., Medill School of Journalism, Academy of Alternative Journalism, Fellow
1998-2002, University of California Santa Barbara, Bachelor of Arts, English Literature

Freelance Journalist, Author
San Francisco, CA.
Arts and technology journalism for WIREDRolling StoneThe Onion, San Francisco Chronicle, Billboard Magazine and many other fine publications: Village Voice music criticEDM reporter for San Francisco Examiner; Music App ReviewerBillboard Magazine; East Bay Express columnist; Editor: Smell The Truth on; Co-founder "The Hash" podcast. Contributing Author: Beyond Buds by Ed Rosenthal.

2007 - 2008
Web Music Editor
San Francisco, CA.
Managing a national staff of sixteen including hiring and acquisitions. Digital and print reporting, writing, photography, editing, and production for a national sixteen-paper, alternative newsweekly chain. Doubled SF average monthly page views in eight months.

2006 - 2007
Music Editor/Web Editor
Oakland, CA.
Award-winning weekly column writing for 70,000 circulation weekly newspaper. Launched East Bay Express daily web content. Editing a twenty-page weekly print music section with a staff of freelancers across the country.

2010 Knight-Batten Award for Innovation in Journalism
2008 First Place, Technology Writing, The San Francisco Peninsula Press Club, "The Day The Music Dies"
2006 First Place, Features Writing, the Association of Alternative Newsweeklies, "Roboscalper"
2006 First Place, Column Writing, the East Bay Press Club, "The War Profiteer"

The Los Angeles Times, Columbia Journalism ReviewThe Believer,McSweeney'sBLURT! Magazine, Gelf Magazine, Stanford Magazine,SF WeeklySan Francisco Magazine, San Francisco Examiner,Mental_Floss MagazineCalifornia Magazine, The Bay Citizen, and many, many other fine publications.

NOTED INTERVIEWEES: Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Tiesto, Lou Reed, Chuck D, George W. Bush, Matmos, Del the Funkee Homosapien, Dave Eggers, the Rampart Police Department, Steve Winwood, Les Claypool, Ben Folds, Lars Ulrich, Larry and Sergey of Google, Zach Hill, Dan The Automator, Kool Keith, Amon Tobin, Josh Homme, Girl Talk, The Strokes, Jamie Lidell, Hot Chip, David Hayter, Crow, Joel, Servo, Dalton Caldwell, Chuck Klosterman, Isaac Brock, Damon Albarn,  Sufjan Stevens, Massive Attack, the cast of The State, Flying Lotus,hundreds of others.