David Bear

Original conceptualizer of the idea of creating a publicly accessible sustainable facility on the one-acre roof top of the U. S. Steel Tower in downtown Pittsburgh, David Bear was given a fellowship at the STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University in January 2009 to investigate the possibilities.

Prior to this appointment, Bear has spent much of his professional life as a writer and traveler. Travel editor for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette from 1998 through 2008, Bear’s award-winning travel articles have appeared in newspapers across the U.S.

Bear is also the creative force behind THE TRAVELER’S JOURNAL, the website based on his series of “audio postcards” heard daily for a decade on public radio stations across the country. In addition to THE TRAVELER’S JOURNAL, Bear has also produced and hosted several public radio series, including “A Century of Heroes” for the Carnegie Hero Fund, and “Dinosaurs and More” for the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Bear also has extensive professional experience in marketing communications and public relations, particularly in the retail travel industry. He is also a published novelist (Keeping Time) whose articles and short stories have appeared in numerous newspapers and national periodicals. Bear’s eclectic resume also includes stints as a travel agent, tour guide, sales executive for a European travel company, and researcher for the Loch Ness Investigation Bureau.

He is a 1970 graduate of Princeton University.

To contact Bear, e-mail high-point-pittsburgh@andrew.cmu.edu or call 412-268-3453.