David Schneider spent 21 years at CBS News where he was a member of the original teams that launched 60 Minutes II and 48 Hours. At 60 Minutes II, Schneider concentrated on investigative stories and breaking news, including reports on tobacco companies, Koch Industries and the 2000 presidential election in Florida. Schneider wrote and produced the 1997 documentary, CBS Reports: Enter the Jury Room, which allowed the public to view jury deliberations in criminal trials for the first time in the nation’s history. In his eight years at 48 Hours, Schneider covered stories from around the world on a wide variety of topics, from fashion to nuclear weapons. In 1986, he worked on the groundbreaking broadcast 48 Hours on Crack Street.
After starting in the Los Angeles bureau of CBS News, Schneider opened the network’s Denver bureau in 1984, covering the Mountain Time Zone for the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather and other broadcasts. He has received the duPont-Columbia Silver Baton for Enter the Jury Room, plus seven Emmys and a Peabody Award for his other works. In 1980-81, Schneider was one of 15 Americans chosen for the Luce Scholars Program, during which he was Foreign News Editor for GMA Television in The Philippines. Schneider is a graduate of Claremont McKenna College with a bachelor’s degree in Literature and Philosophy. He is presently Head of Documentaries at JAK Films, the production arm of Lucasfilm Ltd., in northern California where he lives with his wife and son.