David Gibson began his career in broadcast media with a full-immersion baptism of sorts--as the English-language voice of the Vatican on Vatican Radio's news and feature programs. Since then he has branched out into television, co-writing and co-producing several films with his Vancouver-based partner, Michael McKinley.
Gibson and McKinley's first venture together was "Sacred Ballot," a production for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation that explored the leading candidates to succeed Pope John Paul II. They have since written and produced several documentaries for CNN, including "The Mystery of Jesus," about the historical Jesus of Nazareth, and "The Two Marys," about the Virgin Mary, Mary Magdalene and the women of early Christianity.
A CNN program exploring the controversial early centuries of Christianity--a period of great interest again thanks to The Da Vinci Code and other books and movies--is upcoming in late 2006. Gibson and McKinley have several other religion-themed programs currently in production.
Gibson is also a regular television and radio commentator. He has appeared on ABC News, NBC News, Fox News Channel, CNN, and the PBS program, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, among others.
The Two Marys
CNN Presents looks at two women at the heart of Christianity -- Mary, the mother of Jesus, and Mary Magdalene, the most misunderstood and controversial of his disciples. This show reveals the historical reality of these two main archetypes of Christian womanhood, and examines how they are being reimagined today.
The Mystery of Jesus
His short time on Earth launched one of the world's great religions. But in many ways, the life of Jesus remains a mystery. The discovery of an ossuary -- or burial box -- with the inscription, "Joseph, brother of Jesus," raised a flurry of new questions about the historical Jesus. In "The Mystery Of Jesus," scientists and scholars sift through the available evidence and help us understand why the "greatest story ever told" is also one of the greatest mysteries never solved.
"Catholic Women Defy Church,"
ABC World News Tonight, July 30, 2006. http://abcnews.go.com/Video/playerIndex?id=2254547
"Perspective on Pope John Paul II,"
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, April 1, 2005. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week831/perspectives.html
"The Cardinals and the Next Pope,"
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, April 8, 2005. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week832/discussion.html#
"Analysis of the New Papacy of Benedict XVI,"
Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, April 22, 2005. http://www.pbs.org/wnet/religionandethics/week834/perspectives.html