Brett Davidson is director of the Media and Narratives Division of the Open Society Public Health Program where his work focuses on changing long-held social narratives that impact public health.
Prior to joining Open Society in 2010, Davidson was a media consultant in Southern and Eastern Africa, assisting nongovernmental organizations to develop media advocacy strategies. Davidson previously served as program manager at the South African democracy institute, Idasa, where he helped community radio stations in South Africa develop participatory news and current affairs programming and improve their coverage of local government. He also has worked as a radio journalist, presenter, and producer at the South African Broadcasting Corporation. In 2002, Davidson was the Katherine Fanning Fellow in Journalism and Democracy at the Kettering Foundation in Dayton, Ohio, where he focused on the study of public journalism.
Davidson holds an MA in journalism and media studies from Rhodes University, and postgraduate certificates in media audiences, and media programming and formatting, from Murdoch University in Perth, Australia.