…got leadership

She’s a local news storytelling expert and an Emmy award winning journalist. After more than a decade in broadcast news, Summer Dashe headed into unknown territory with the United States Department of Energy. She was hired to launch the first-ever Energycast, a monthly newscast showcasing the work happening on site. She reports on groundbreaking medical research, environmental clean-up, and national security missions. In addition to producing and hosting Energycast, she also shoots, edits, and writes stories that appear on-air and online. Dashe is also a producer on a true crime documentary leading interviews, marketing and PR for the film, and storyline.

…got media training

During her time in broadcasting, she managed several newsrooms across the country as managing editor and director of storytelling. Dashe led a 10 session storytelling workshop training producers, photographers, reporters, and newsroom managers on shooting, writing, and editing techniques. She also teaches media and interview training to college staff, first responders, and hospital employees. Over her 15 year career in journalism she has gained experience in print, digital, and broadcast from The Dallas Morning News to ABC News. She is skilled in media ethics and was the go-to manager for tough ethical discussions and decision making in her newsroom. After leaving the news business, Dashe was quickly tapped to teach journalism at the University of Tennessee.

…got advocacy

Shortly after departing from WATE, the ABC affiliate in Knoxville, Dashe was asked to come back to host a monthly medical show. She is thrilled to keep her foot in TV land covering a topic so close to her heart. You’ll often find her speaking publicly about Dysautonomia and Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, two chronic illnesses she developed when she was 26. Her advocacy and awareness efforts have led to a regional Emmy nomination and viral recognition for an under diagnosed condition. Dashe will tell you journalism is the purpose she chose in life and disability advocacy is the purpose life chose for her. This diagnosis changed her life and perspective dramatically. It is her honor to advocate for those who suffer from similar conditions by using her shooting, editing, writing, and public speaking skills.

Notable Advocacy Work

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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 to thousands of people around the world.

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

May 27, 2020

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

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.