Dave King was born April 7, 1950, in Tracy, California, and grew up on an almond farm, working summers in the orchards, vineyards and tomato fields of that area during his college years.
He received a bachelor's degree in mass communications in 1972 from California State University at Chico and a master's degree in journalism in 1983 from the University of Oregon. Following his undergraduate work, he worked as a freelance writer, photographer and film maker in northern California and Nevada for five years.
From 1976 to 1986, he was assistant editor for the agricultural experiment station at Oregon State University. While there, he co-produced an award-winning documentary, "The Cowboy in Mongolia," for the National Public Broadcasting System. Among the awards the film received were a gold medal at the Houston International Film Festival, a silver plaque at the Chicago International Film Festival and the Science-in-Society Journalism award from the National Association of Science Writers.
In 1986, he became public affairs specialist at Oregon State, acting associate director in 1987 and electronic media coordinator in 1988. He moved to Purdue University in 1990 to become head of Agricultural Communication Services. He now works for the Indiana Higher Education Telecommunication System.
In 1995, King received an ACE Award of Excellence in communications management.