Brett Davidson is director of the Health Media Initiative of the Open Society Public Health Program. He works with grantees to build their communications capabilities and to change 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. Prior to this, he 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, and published a paper on “Radio and Public Deliberation.”
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.