Multimedia Storyteller/News Leader/Public Speaker

Summer Dashe has the story.

She’s an Emmy award winning anchor at WATE 6 On Your Side News and the station’s director of storytelling. Dashe 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 newsroom manager in South Carolina. That’s where 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. She started her career in Texas as a multimedia journalist.

Her advocacy and awareness efforts for Dysautonomia have led to viral recognition for an under-recognized condition. 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, writing, and public speaking skills.

Summer looks forward to hearing from you and hopes you’ll reach out with job opportunities, speaking engagements, 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

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.