President, The Klement Group
Life Long Learner
David Klement is a retired Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist who has spent 45 years studying and commenting on public policy issues in Florida.
He served 30 years as Editorial Page Editor of The Bradenton Herald, during which he wrote an estimated 11,000 editorials and hundreds of personal columns and won numerous awards for opinion writing. His first book, reprising the best of his work, titled Conscience of the Community: Memoir of a Small-Town Editor 1977-2007, has just been published by Ivy Street Publishing.
Before coming to Bradenton he served stints at the Daily Oklahoman, Chicago Sun-Times and Detroit Free Press, where he shared a Pulitzer Prize with the news staff for their coverage of the 1967 Detroit riot. In his capacity as assistant business editor there, he wrote a weekly column on the advertising industry that reflected the culture of what 30 years later would become Mad Men.
After retiring from daily journalism in 2007 he became founding director of the Institute for Public Policy & Leadership at USF Sarasota-Manatee. Three years later he became founding director of the Institute for Strategic Policy Solutions at St. Petersburg College. In between those postings he had a brief career as a member of the Florida Public Service Commission, during which he helped decide the largest utility rate case in Florida history.
He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from the University of North Texas and a Master’s in Mass Communication from the University of South Florida.