Former WDEF newsman Ray White dies

CHATTANOOGA (WDEF) – Former News 12 anchor and news director, Ray White, has died.

The Hixson resident was 80.

White’s long career in TV journalism included three stops at WDEF TV, in the 1960s, 70s and 80s.

His first stint here found him anchoring the news, preparing and presenting the weather and reporting sports all for the late night newscast.  He also did live commercials in between.

When Ray returned to Channel 12 in the seventies, he added News Director to the title.

His last round with us in the 80s saw him co-anchoring the news with Jerry Brown.

But Ray White was more than a TV anchor.

He served with the U.S. Army Security Agency.  He was a published author.  And he served two terms in the Tennessee House representing our area.

Ray returned to Hixson after his retirement from TV in 2001.

Father David Carter will conduct a funeral mass Thursday at 10:30 at The Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. Burial will follow at 1:30 at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Here is a story that Ray did in Chattanooga and sent to CBS News on the construction of TVA’s Raccoon Mountain Pumped Storage Facility. He got prime access inside the project for this story.


Ray was also a key interview for us when we told the story of WDEF/News 12 on our 50th anniversary in 2004. We’ll have from that tomorrow. But for now, look at this anniversary story (he’s at the 3:00 mark) where he explains how he did live commercials during the news.


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