Trey Paul, Anchor
Co-anchor at WPDE

In the workplace, Summer is the rare employee who exceeds expectations, inspires the room with leadership, compassion and laughter and consistently hits the mark. And that’s on a Monday. Somehow she does it every single day in some shape or form AND remains annoyingly organized at all times. 

Summer is that natural leader who takes initiative and never let go of the passion and excitement new hires often show during their first few weeks of employment. Her wisdom and wit go hand in hand, making her someone  co-workers love to be around and love to learn from. She’s as straight laced as she is funny, making her a stellar employee who will never admit it, because she’s too humble. I’ve witnessed her quietly measure and base her success on the success of the co-workers she has inspired and mentored, sometimes with just a smile. 

In a nutshell, Summer is that effortlessly productive employee who many wish they could be and the one ALL previous employers wish they had found and hired sooner.

Madisen Keavy, Reporter
Employee at WATE

“I’ve never promised you I’d always be positive. I’ve promised you I’d always be honest.” You’ll find this sentence, or one like it, in Summer Dashe’s Facebook posts about her personal medical journey when she updates her more than 13,000 followers. I won’t call it her mantra, but rather, a shining example of her quest to leave no answer undiscovered. In her role as an Anchor and Director of Storytelling at WATE in Knoxville, she was also my mentor for the past 2 years. 

Summer is a dedicated team player and a passionate storyteller. She created and organized a 10-week training program for our team of 20 photojournalists, reporters, and newsroom managers. Her goal was to give our newsroom access to tools that would allow us to write, edit, and investigate stories that we did not cover before she arrived. She saw a need, found the best solution, and walked with us while we learned this new set of skills. 

Summer is easy to recommend because I’ve felt her impact on my own career. When I applied what I learned in her training, I didn’t always get it right, but instead of stepping in to do it for me, she stood-by to guide patiently. This attitude and willingness to keep learning is what makes Summer an asset to any team. She’s a truth-finder who makes it her mission to help her team succeed.

Bob Keltner, Chief Deputy
Source with Van Zandt Co. Constable Pct.4

Summer Dashe represents what is good and great in broadcast journalism. We have been very pleased to have worked with Summer. The relationship she built with us has been mutually beneficial. From a law enforcement perspective, we have usually kept the news media at a distance, but Summer’s charming personality, character, and integrity allowed us to work comfortably with her.

We have grown close with Summer. Summer has always used an objective approach when presenting the news and often our stories, collecting both sides and independent sources in addition to us. I have seen Summer in the field, alone without a camera person, during ice and snow, hard rain, and in the aftermath of the Van Zandt Co. Tornado that hit Van, Texas on Mother’s Day in 2015.

Summer would often be imbedded with our deputies and other law enforcement officers as they were working accidents, performing swift water rescues, or protecting the public in general. When you combine everything that is Summer Dashe and her passion for her job, the news watching public benefits the most. We are sad she is leaving East Texas and hope she returns, real soon.

Dan Finkelstein, Police Chief
Source with Whitehouse Police Department

In my long career, I have worked with many media representatives and journalists. Summer possesses an intuition and business acumen well beyond her years. She clearly understands that professional relationships with sources are the key to making all involved feel their point of view is captured and reported. Summer is a woman of her word and she is all about ethics. Some journalists are willing to sacrifice feelings and reputations in order to broadcast a story. That is not Summer. She is: solid, solid, solid!

Janet and Allen Russom
Parents of feature story subject Cory Moraw

We are very proud to say we know and love Summer like a member of our family. She interviewed our son at a time in our lives that was very important and also very emotional to us. Our son was special needs and he trusted her immediately. He even brought her back a signed Britney Spears poster! She was very professional, kind and caring with us. If you talked to her about how something would be portrayed she explained it to you. I feel not only is she an exceptional news reporter she is also an exceptional person and whomever gets her as an employee is very lucky.