David Royale in a suit and tie smiling.

Today you’ll hear from David Royle ’78. Originally from Bristol, David leads the editorial team that launched the Smithsonian Channel—the youngest channel to have ever won an Emmy.

David was previously executive vice president of production for National Geographic Television & Film, where he helped launch the National Geographic Channel. He was the executive producer of the award-winning television series National Geographic Explorer. Under his leadership, Explorer won more News and Documentary Emmy Awards than any other show on TV.

As an independent filmmaker in New York, prior to working for National Geographic, David produced and directed programming for a wide range of broadcasters.

David has won all of America’s major broadcasting awards, including: nine Emmys, the George Polk Award, the Edward R. Murrow Award, the Peabody Award, and du Pont-Columbia University Awards Silver and Gold Batons.

After graduating from Carolina, he earned a master of arts at the University of Minnesota as a Rotary International Journalism Scholar.


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Published Date

May 22, 2019


Media, Film, and Journalism

Article Type

Alumni Stories, Podcasts