“She has a gift for interviews and seems to put her sources at ease.”
Matt Peterson, Editor, The Dallas Morning News
Summer Dashe has the story.
She may be a native Californian, but Summer Dashe will be the first to tell you she is a true Texan at heart. After attending Southern Methodist University (Pony Up!), in Dallas, she knew she had found home in Texas.
Dashe graduated in May 2013 with a degree in journalism and excitedly joined the KLTV team in July. She began as a general assignments reporter covering a variety of stories from breaking news and crime to features and human interest. Not soon after joining the KLTV team, Summer began anchoring several newscasts. She now reports and anchors each week.
During her time at KLTV she has covered a variety of stories that garnered national attention. Most recently, her coverage of the EF3 tornado in Van, TX. Dashe was one of the first reporters to arrive and spent 27 hours straight reporting live from ground zero. Her camera was the first permitted deep into the wreckage during an exclusive ride along with local law enforcement. She was the first to break the news that the storm had resulted in fatalities hours before even networks or other local outlets could confirm it. She was also able to confirm and break news that Van Zandt County would be declared a state of disaster. The exclusive story she told two days later about the Mayor of Van playing golf instead of attending an early morning press conference, was aired on local stations across the country, CNN, and Good Morning America.
She has told several other notable stories that earned national spots. The story of the blind builder, a completely blind man who built a house from the ground up was aired across the country and on several networks. A controversial calendar showing a dozen well-known East Texas leaders posing naked to benefit the SPCA of East Texas, was aired on Anderson Cooper. Her story of a gay couple denied service and called sexist slurs at an East Texas restaurant also made the rounds of local stations. It was ultimately picked up by Tosh.O prompting an entire segment on the couple.
Dashe is excellent at following stories long-term as was the case with the story of a Tyler husband who shot and killed his wife then fled to his boss’s home prompting a manhunt. She began coverage in March of 2014 when the shooting happened. The following day she interviewed the boss exclusively from inside his home where the suspect hid. She reported several stories from the courtroom, live tweeting all the while. Her rapport with family and friends of the deceased wife earned her several exclusive interviews along the way. The suspect, Adrian Mata, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to 50 years in state prison. That did not stop her coverage, however. After communicating with Mata she earned his trust and was granted an interview with the convicted murderer in May of 2015.
Summer was honored to be the recipient of the 2012 Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship Award by RTDNA, a national organization, for her commitment to ethical and responsible journalism. She is grateful for her internships with KTVU Channel 2 News, in San Francisco, and WFAA Channel 8 News, in Dallas. She also earned a job working as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News while attending college.
Dashe was a major part of her University’s student run television newscast, The Daily Update, where she did everything from producing to anchoring and was elected News Director her senior year. She was an instrumental leader in merging television, digital, and print media at SMU. She was also the President of SMU’s RTDNA chapter. Throughout college Summer was eager to use her skills for non-profit organizations like The Akilah Institute, for which she filmed a promotional video during a two week trip alone to Rwanda, and reported on women’s education issues post-genocide. She also shot a promotional video for Cercle Social, a non-profit in Benin.
Dashe is a proud Tri Delta member, voted most outstanding Tri Delta 2013 by her sisters. She’s an animal lover and mom of a very sweet puppy named Sundae. You’ll often find her volunteering with various rescue organizations in her free time. She also enjoys FaceTiming with her sister and baby niece who live in Nashville. She spends time catching up with her brother, mom, and dad who all live in California, too.
Summer is amazed at the warmth and kindness of the people she has met in East Texas and is grateful to you for the opportunity to report your stories. Got a story? Contact her, she’d love to hear it!
Keep checking back for more on Summer’s work and news happening around East Texas! Thanks for stopping by!