David Aldridge, 51, was born on Feb. 10, 1965 in Washington, D.C. As a child, growing up in Northeast D.C., he played many different sports, but soon realized that he would not have a career as a professional athlete.
After graduating from DeMatha High School in Hyattsville, Md., Aldridge attended American University and graduated from there with Bachelor of Arts degrees in Print Journalism and History.
He considers attending AU to be something that changed the trajectory of his life completely.
Though he initially wanted to be a history teacher, Aldridge grew up idolizing Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein for their investigative coverage at The Washington Post. Because of this, he began writing for his high school newspaper.
In college, Aldridge quickly realized a career in journalism was one that he wanted to pursue. For his college paper, he mainly covered news. But during his senior year, he began working part time, covering high school sports for The Washington Post. At the Post, Aldridge covered Georgetown before covering the Washington Bullets and Redskins. He also covered the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona.
In 1993, he got his start on television, appearing on George Michael weekly Redskins show for WRC-TV for two seasons. Following his stint at the Post, Aldridge left for ESPN, where he mainly covered the NBA.
After parting ways with ESPN, Aldridge worked for the Philadelphia Inquirer for four years. He also accepted a job with Turner Sports, where he is still employed today. At Turner, he has covered the NBA as a reporter and analyst.
In 2016, Aldridge was named the recipient of the Curt Gowdy Media Award from the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He was also given the National Association of Black Journalists’ 2016 Legacy Award. He has also won the Sam Lacy Award given to the Journalist of the Year by the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition.