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Multimedia Storyteller/News Leader/Public Speaker


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.

Summer is a newsroom leader who brings innovative ideas and a spark for storytelling to her team. She is excellent at building a positive, supportive, and encouraging work environment for employees. 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 four years. She started her career as a multimedia journalist in Texas.

Her advocacy and awareness efforts 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 by using her shooting, editing, and writing skills. 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 working 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.


Notable Advocacy Work

Available for in-person or virtual speaking opportunities

Make Yourself Worth Your Limitations

October 17, 2020
Dysautonomia International
Summer Dashe was the Emcee and featured speaker at an international conference for patients with Dysautonomia and the doctors who treat them. She spoke about navigating a demanding and public career with POTS.

I believe in truth telling as a journalist, but I lie about my chronic illness

May 27, 2020
RTDNA

As a member of the largest and most impactful journalism organizations in the country, Summer writes about succeeding in the workplace while managing a chronic illness and why managers shouldn’t shy away from hiring those with disabilities.

Diagnosed with POTS and still anchoring the news

November 13, 2019
WPDE

Journalism is the purpose Summer chose in life, but POTS advocacy is the purpose life chose for her. This is the original health story that gained viral recognition around the world, led to much needed education across the medical field, and earned an Emmy nomination.