Whitney Davis went to Wichita Heights High School before attending Kansas State University and earning her Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast journalism. During her time in college she was active in the Delta Sigma Theta sorority, and she was an INC Arts and Sciences Ambassador.
While she was still in college Whitney worked as a reporter on 1350 KMAN, moving on to become a broadcast associate at CBS News where she pitched story ideas, booked interviews, logged tape, pulled archive footage, and cut promos and voiceovers. She was quickly promoted to associate producer and spent a little under three years producing, editing, and shooting breaking news stories. Some of the most important stories she worked on include the Bernie Madoff scandal, West Virginia Coal Mine explosion, the Gabrielle Giffords shooting, and much more.
Davis had a short stint as an executive producer at In Silience LLC before moving over to CBS Corporation where she spent over seven years. Her career began there as a creative associate and she was accepted into the pilot class of the Emerging Creative Leadership Experience in 2011. During that time she developed the 2013-2014 fall lineup alongside CBS drama development executives, she participated in all CBS Network casting sessions, and worked closely on all CBS Entertainment Diversity initiatives.
Davis was then promoted to manager in entertainment diversity where she worked tirelessly to ensure excellence in diversity and inclusion. She managed their Diverse Writers Mentoring Program, Annual Diversity Sketch Comedy Showcase, DGA Directors Program, and CBS on Tour. She was also responsible for maintaining close relationships with diverse media coalitions like NHMC, GLAAD, APAMC, NAACP, and AIFT. Davis was promoted once more to director of CBS Entertainment diversity and inclusion where she expanded on the work she did in her previous role.
On April 23rd of 2019 Whitney wrote a piece that was published in Variety titled: "CBS Has a White Problem". She outlines a toxic and problematic culture that eventually influenced her decision to leave the company.