An award-winning host, interviewer, and entertainment expert, Dave Karger has made over 170 live appearances on NBC’s TODAY and appears regularly as an expert and correspondent on E! and Access Hollywood. Dave has also been a guest host on TODAY, Access Hollywood Live, and Turner Classic Movies. In 2015 Dave received the Publicists Guild Press Award honoring the year’s outstanding entertainment journalist. In 2014 he was named one of OUT Magazine’s “OUT 100,” acknowledging the most influential people in the LGBT community.
From 2012 to 2016 Dave served as Chief Correspondent at Fandango, where he hosted the original video series “The Frontrunners” and “Weekend Ticket.” “The Frontrunners” received a 2013 Webby Award nomination for Best Variety Series. Before that, Dave spent 17 years as a senior writer at Entertainment Weekly, where he wrote over 50 cover stories, on subjects including George Clooney, Angelina Jolie, Elton John, Taylor Swift, Johnny Depp, Denzel Washington, and Carrie Underwood. He also spearheaded Oscar coverage for the magazine and EW.com.
In 2012 and 2013, Dave was the Academy’s official red-carpet greeter on Oscar night, only the third person ever to hold that post. He also co-hosted the 2011 Oscars Digital Experience (produced by The Academy and ABC), which won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in Interactive Media. He has served on the juries of the TriBeCa, Los Angeles, South By Southwest, and Florida Film Festivals. Dave graduated cum laude from Duke University.