David Aaro is a recent Masters graduate from the University of Miami with a degree in Journalism. He has three years of journalism experience working for the Miami Herald, Miami Hurricane, Florida Newsline, Special Olympics and First Coast News.
In 2011, David Aaro worked as a reporting intern for First Coast News Television Station in Jacksonville Florida. He went out in the field with four different reporters to cover a range of different stories in the area, ranging from wildfires to elected officials. In addition to this, David created packages from the stories and events he covered, implemented web content and ran the teleprompter.
In 2012 & 2013 while attending Jacksonville University, David worked as a staffing specialist for Main Street America Insurance. He assisted the head of staffing in screening and evaluating potential new hires, updated job descriptions, managed expenses and gained understanding of the HR function and how it relates to all other areas of the company. These experiences gave him a well versed background in understanding how a business works and how to adapt to different environments.
David completed his undergrad with a degree in Marketing at Jacksonville University in 2013. After graduation, he worked for T-Mobile as a door to door sales associate. The experience has provided great value when working in the journalism field, having to find leads and investigating stories.
David left T-Mobile to move to Chicago and work for W.W. Grainger Inc. as a territory sales representative. He was the key contact for over 300 Grainger clients, selling over $3,000 a day. David identified key players in each of the companies assigned to his territory such as gatekeepers and decision makers within departments (Purchasing, Administration, Maintenance…). While not only creating solutions to better meet clients’ current and long term needs, David also developed his journalism skills through thoughtful information-finding, relationship building and investigation to better understand each client’s needs.
In 2015, David left Grainger and decided to follow his passion for Journalism and work for Florida Newsline, a newspaper in the Jacksonville area. He pitched story ideas, and covered a wide range of articles such as news, lifestyle, sports, and investigative, conducting research, interviews and writing one article every two weeks. David made the cover of Florida Newsline five times over the course of his time working there.
In 2016, David moved to Miami to obtain his Master’s degree in Journalism at the University of Miami. There, he developed the skills needed to become a professional journalist, attaining a professional level in writing, shooting video, editing, computer/website design and creating infographics to support written stories. Some of the infographics include stories on gun violence in Chicago, Youth Concussions, and the Federal prison system. David also gained additional experience writing game day sports stories for school. Covering University of Miami basketball games, the Miami Heat and both High school and professional baseball games. He wrote an in depth feature story for the Miami Hurricane (student newspaper) on Davon Reed, one of the University of Miami Men’s basketball team players who was drafted into the NBA.
While attending the University of Miami in 2017/18, David began writing for the Miami Herald and shot video initially for their neighbors and giving section under Steve Rothaus and Joan Chrissos. At the Miami Herald David wrote a wide variety of stories such as traffic problems, relief efforts in Puerto Rico, a historical overview of Eastern Airlines, astronauts in space and many more. He also gained experience writing same day stories and thrived in an intensive environment, having never missed a deadline. ( See articles and publications tab.)
While at the University of Miami, David also had the opportunity to partner with Special Olympics, for which he shot video in Thailand, India, Toronto and D.C. His pieces in India and D.C. took the viewer into a week in the life of a few of the athletes and told the story of how not only are they special athletes, but their lives impact their families and the community around them. His story in Thailand focused around an institute that provides mental health and services to special children and athletes.
David graduated from the University of Miami in 2018 with a Master’s Degree in Journalism and a GPA of 3.9/4.0. He received the University of Miami Graduate Assistantship Award Journalism Scholarship for being the top student in the Masters Program in 2017/18. Also, David completed his thesis, a long form video which centered around a Haitian family facing deportation due to the decision to end Temporary Protected Status. The video can be viewed here.
David grew up in Connecticut, but spent the last ten years in Ohio, Chicago, Jacksonville and Miami.