Dave Staley


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Dave joins the News 12 staff after 35 years of anchoring and reporting at a competing station here in the Chattanooga market. Dave has been honored with multiple awards in the arena of sports reporting. He is an eight time NATAS MidSouth Emmy Award nominee, winning the coveted award three times. Dave has also won ten Edward R. Murrow regional awards for sports reporting, winning the national Edward R. Murrow sports reporting award three times. He’s also won multiple Associated Press and Society of Professional Journalists sports reporting awards. Dave is also a member of the Greater Chattanooga Sports Hall of Fame. Dave came to Chattanooga after starting his TV career in Wyoming and Colorado. He was born and raised in northern Minnesota, graduating from Hibbing Community College. He’s also a graduate of the former Brown Institute of Broadcasting in Minneapolis. Dave is happily married to his lovely wife Ginnia. They are blessed with a houseful of pets, both dogs and cats. They enjoy a wide array of hobbies. For Dave, golf is at the top of the list. Feel free to get in touch with Dave at dstaley@wdef.com. He’d love to hear from you!!


Airline Passenger Arrested

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Police say a passenger on a Spirit Airlines flight allegedly punched a flight attendant and pulled another attendant’s hair before being subdued. Spirit Airlines spokeswoman Nicole Aguiar says Nashville International Airport police removed the passenger for…

New Grant Program

ChildcareTennessee is introducing a $5 million grant program to establish new childcare services or expand existing ones.

EPB Named “Smart Energy Provider”

EPB has been named a “Smart Energy Provider” by the American Public Power Association for demonstrating a commitment to energy efficiency and environmental initiatives that support the goal of providing safe, reliable, low-cost and sustainable electric service.

Free Breakfast For Vets

CHATTANOOGA, TN - (WDEF) - It's a day when we honor our veterans.  Those who are still with us, and those who aren't. One restaurant chain in North Georgia is doing all it can…

State Reminds Horse Owners

Tennessee’s state veterinarian is reminding horse owners to protect their animals from West Nile Virus after a horse in Weakley County that contracted the disease had to be euthanized.

Deadline For Aid Approaching

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The deadline is approaching for people impacted by deadly, destructive flooding in Tennessee to apply for federal aid. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says homeowners and renters with uninsured damage or losses in Dickson, Hickman, Houston…

UT Scholarships Increase

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - The University of Tennessee system has increased the amount a family can earn and still have a student qualify for a UT Promise scholarship. UT Promise is a last-dollar scholarship that guarantees free tuition and fees…

New Regulations For Vehicles

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Nashville’s Metro Council has approved implementing new regulations for the city’s numerous entertainment vehicles that often loudly cruise down lower Broadway. The Tennessean reports that the council voted 33-3 on Tuesday on an ordinance that establishes a…

October Is A Month For Senior Citizens

Physical therapy is something that many people take part in each and every day. For many different types of injuries and various rehabilitations. It's especially important for senior citizens, as far as overall wellness. It's a daily workout class at…

The World Of Podcasting

Recent numbers show there are over two million podcasts out there. But who does it? And can the average person make a living off it? News 12's Dave Staley talks to one local podcaster to find out.

A Choir With A Unique Twist

Millions of people all over the world battle Parkinson's Disease, which is a disorder that attacks the central nervous system. Here in Chattanooga, there is a group that fights the disease with singing. While having fun at the same time.…

After School Program About To Start

CHATTANOOGA, TN - (WDEF) - Dating back to 2011, one of Chattanooga's more successful "after school programs" is run by the NET Foundation. That's a local non-profit built to help our kids. And that "after school…

Back To School, Except For One

CHATTANOOGA, TN - (WDEF) - The start of a new school year is here.  As the kids are back "at it!" Doing all of the things that kids do while in the classroom!  Everybody is "doing their…