David Bender is an author, broadcaster, and activist, whose career spans four decades of work in the film, television, and music industries, as well as a lifelong involvement in electoral politics.
He was chosen by John F. Kennedy Jr. as George the magazine's first West Coast contributing editor, and is currently a regular contributor to the nationally syndicated Progressive Voices channel on TuneIn.
As a broadcaster, Bender was host of a long-running interview program on Air America radio, where his guests included Gore Vidal, Sidney Lumet, Harry Belafonte, Whoopi Goldberg, Tony Curtis, Martin Sheen, and David Strathairn, among many others from the film and television industries. During his years at Air America, he also appeared regularly on Rachel Maddow's radio program, where she dubbed him her "political guru." He also was the Democratic National Committee's liaison to the entertainment industry during President Bill Clinton's first term.
Bender has worked as an executive in the television and music industries, serving as head of Stephen Stills' production company, Gold Hill Enterprises, and as vice president of Roseanne Barr and Tom Arnold's television production unit, Wapello County productions. As a film publicist, he worked on two feature films for Orion Pictures: Dominick and Eugene and Monkey Shines.
Author or coauthor of four books, including Stand and Be Counted, a chronicle of artist activism written with David Crosby, Bender scripted and co-produced a four-hour documentary based on the book, which aired over two nights on The Learning Channel. Most recently, he served as research editor on I Am Spartacus, Kirk Douglas' memoir about breaking the infamous Hollywood blacklist.