Summer Dashe has the story.
You can catch Summer anchoring WATE 6 On Your Side News weekday evenings. She is also the station’s Director of Storytelling. As a true reporter at heart, you’ll still often find her live in the field investigating stories that matter to you. She leads storytelling training at WATE with a 10 session workshop. Her reports and anchoring have earned eight first place awards from RTDNA of the Carolinas, a South Carolina Broadcasters STAR Award, three Southeast Emmy Awards and several nominations, two Southeast EMMA nominations, plus a Texas Lone Star Emmy.
Her rapport with law enforcement and genuine interest in people serves her well in earning sources and building a network of tipsters. She learned quickly that relationship building is one of the most important skills a journalist can possess. She has landed major exclusive interviews like with a convicted murderer, a tight-lipped police chief who resigned in the middle of a sexual assault scandal, and friends and family closest to some of the community’s biggest stories.
Summer is a newsroom leader who brings innovative ideas and a spark for storytelling to her team. Before moving to Knoxville she had previously worked as an anchor and managing editor in South Carolina. There, she helped launch the station’s first investigative unit that went on to change laws, uncover corruption within a local police department, and earn several honors and awards. She also started a cooking segment that has now been on air for five years. Her career started in Texas.
Her advocacy and awareness effort for Dysautonomia have led to viral recognition and several awards. Dashe will tell you journalism is the purpose she chose in life and POTS advocacy is the purpose life chose for her. You may see her post about Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, a form of Dysautonomia. It’s a chronic illness she developed when she was 26. It changed her life and perspective dramatically. It is her honor to help those who suffer from similar conditions. She speaks to medical students and residents to spread the word and would be grateful to have the chance to share with your group. Just reach out!
Summer is an animal lover and mom of two very sweet therapy dogs named Sundae and Bowen. You’ll often find them volunteering at nursing homes. Dashe has also committed her time to the American Heart Association since 2013. She also enjoys FaceTiming with her sister and niece who live in Nashville. She spends time catching up with her brother, mom, and dad who all live in California, too. Summer says she could make friends with a wall! She’s very friendly and hopes you’ll contact her with story ideas, job opportunities, or just to say hello.