Summer Dashe has the story.
You can catch Summer anchoring WPDE ABC 15 News weekday evenings at 5,6,7 and 11. She is also the station’s managing editor. She was previously the anchor of Good Morning Carolinas Weekend. 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 WPDE and helped launch the station’s first investigative team. Her reports and anchoring have earned six first place awards from RTDNA of the Carolinas, a South Carolina Broadcasters STAR Award, two Southeast EMMA nominations, an investigative Southeast Emmy nomination, and a Texas Lone Star Emmy Award.
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 the weekday evening shows, she started a cooking show on GMC Weekend called “Whip Up Your Weekend” that has now been on the air for three years. She also implemented the weekly Facebook Live segments Saturday and Sunday mornings that have continued ever since.
She may be a native Californian, but Dashe will be the first to tell you the south has her heart. Summer is an animal lover and mom of a very sweet therapy dog named Sundae. You’ll often find them volunteering at nursing homes. Dashe has also committed her time to the American Heart Association since 2013. She currently serves on the executive leadership team. 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.