David Finnigan

Speech and Debate Coach at Beverly Hills High School

David Finnigan is the Speech and Debate Coach at Beverly Hills High School and an assistant debate coach at Santa Clara University in California's Silicon Valley. Last spring he created the Beverly Hills Unified School District's Middle School Speech and Debate Program for students from the district's four K-8 schools. He also has taught at a debate summer camp in Seoul and has extensive experience coaching debate, SAT essay writing and college admission interview skills to middle and high school students in the Asian-American communities of Los Angeles. He runs midweek debate competitions in L.A. for Sabbath-observant Jewish students who cannot compete at Saturday competitions. While on the San Francisco State University speech and debate team he won 50 trophies at 30 tournaments over two years, competing twice at nationals. During the school year he spends most weekends at tournaments either coaching his team or judging rounds. Before coaching debate Mr. Finnigan was a newspaper reporter in Louisiana, New Jersey, Las Vegas and Budapest and back home in L.A. he reported for Agence France-Presse, Reuters, the New York Post, Vatican Radio, CBS Radio and The Hollywood Reporter. He was a credentialed reporter at the 2008 and 2000 Democratic National Conventions and the 2008 and 2004 Republican National Conventions. His wife is brilliant and beautiful and over the years they have secured adoption or found homes for seven cats and eight dogs.