The humor and commentary of David Chartrand have appeared in publications throughout North America. His essays on families, children, education, and health issues have been distributed to daily newspapers by Universal Press Syndicate as well as by his own distribution company.

     He is a member of the national Freedom of Information Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists and is considered an expert on privacy and open-records issues facing American journalists.

In June 2015 Chartrand received two First Place “Gold” Awards from the Kansas City chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. It marked the third time in the past five years that SPJ has honored David with “Gold” awards for his commentary and analysis.

In 2002, Chartrand received a First Place Award from the National Society of Newspaper Columnists (NSNC).

Chartrand is the author of, “A View from the Heartland” (2003, Globe-Pequot Press), a collection of stories and essays about Midwestern families and the resiliency of the human spirit.  In a review of “Heartland,” Mark Victor Hansen, co-creator of the Chicken Soup for the Soul book series, said that Chartrand’s writing “embraces the mundane, everyday things that make us laugh, weep or pound the table in frustration.”

Chartrand’s 1994 essay,  "A Father's Letter to Santa" was included in Chicken Soup: A Christmas Treasury, where the publishers cited it as among the most memorable Christmas essays of all time.   His next book project is a work of narrative nonfiction that examines the obligation of American schools and communities to the mentally ill and suicidal youth.

Chartrand holds a master’s degree in journalism and mass communications from Kansas State University. He is an accomplished musician, guitarist, and entertainer. Samples of his writing and music can also be found at www.davidchartrand.com.  An avid gardener, he is founder of The Teaching Garden, a Kansas City-based support group for novice and beginner gardeners.