Hudson Keynotes Davenport Schools Gala

October  12, 2012

    A co-anchor of the public television program, "Nightly Business Report," will be the keynote speaker this weekend for the Davenport Schools Foundation Gala. Of course it's probably just as important that Tom Hudson grew up in the district and graduated from Central High School in 1990.
    Hudson spent three years reporting for WOC Radio after college, then moved to Chicago, first to work for WMAQ Radio, then for Web-f-n - an online financial reporting service. And that's when he started covering the Board of Trade and Mercantile Exchange.
   "And those derivative exchanges allowed me to kind of go to graduate school for business journalism, in my mind, because it allowed me to cover the financial markets from a highly sophisticated, highly complex world that the stock market didn't necessarily allow."
    Following six years hosting a television program called "First Business," Hudson went to work for the Nightly Business Report which is based in Miami. It's carried by more than 250 PBS stations, with an audience of 400,000 people each night.
    "I'm given a great opportunity every night to talk to a national audience about things I find very important. And I think that a lot of people understand are very important - the economy, money, policy, and the markets."
    Hudson will talk to business and journalism students at Central High School Friday, then speak at the Davenport Schools Foundation Gala Sunday night (4-7 pm) at the Radisson Hotel.