Don Dare

Don Dare

Date of Joining WATE: August 1996

Birthplace/Hometown: Born in Kingston, Pa. and raised in Media, Pa.


  • Master of Arts, Journalism, University of Georgia
  • Bachelor of Arts, Speech-Theater, North Carolina Wesleyan College

Previous Media Experience:

  • WFOR-TV, Miami, Fla. 1989-1996
  • WSVN-TV, Miami, Fla. 1985-1989
  • NEWSCOPE (nationally syndicated program), Los Angeles, Ca. 1983-85
  • KSDK-TV, St. Louis, Mo. 1979-83
  • WCKT-TV (now WSVN), Miami, Fla. 1976-79
  • WLAC-TV (now WTVF), Nashville, Tenn. 1973-76
  • American Forces Vietnam Network, Saigon, South Vietnam, 1971-72
  • U.S. Army, Broadcast Officer TV Division, Augusta, Ga. 1970-71

Outside Interests/Hobbies:

I enjoy hiking, running (5K road races), sports, teaching Sunday school class, singing in the church choir, and working with the Boy Scouts of America.

What You Enjoy About Local News:

I became a news reporter because my parents were avid newspaper readers. At home they talked about current events and read things to me — events going on at home and across the nation. They helped sparked the interest. Then my grade school teachers kept the flame alive. Growing up in Philadelphia, Pa., I lived where our country’s early history was made, where democracy was formed. My elementary and high school teachers made history interesting. They made sure we understood what democracy is about and how the historical figures in our community made a difference. Those teachers challenged and encouraged me as well as other students to “make a difference” in what ever profession we chose. It’s my love of history and the chance to report current events that peaked my interest in becoming a local reporter. In that role we have the opportunity to explain issues and to highlight the pros and cons to our viewers.

Media Awards and Honors:

  • Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting from Radio-Television Digital News Association
  • SPJ Award for Investigative Reporting, Society of Professional Journalists
  • SPJ Green Eyeshade Award
  • Emmy Award
  • Thirteen-time Emmy Award Nominee
  • National Press Club Consumer Award
  • National Headliner Award for Business/Consumer Reporting
  • National RTNDA/NEFE Excellence in Personal Finance Award
  • Loeb Award finalist
  • Society of Environmental Reporting Award
  • Gabriel Award
  • Casey Medal for Children’s Issues
  • Casey Medal finalist
  • Wilbur Award from Religion Communicators Council
  • San Francisco State Investigative Reporting Award
  • Cecil Award, National Arthritis Foundation
  • National Institute for Health Care Management Award finalist
  • National Autism Society Media Award
  • Dalton Pen Award
  • Two Valley Forge Freedom Foundation Awards
  • Two Regional Awards from National Arthritis Foundation
  • Ten Regional Murrow Awards
  • Tennessee AP Journalist of the Year, 2014
  • Tennessee AP Reporter of the Year, 2006 and 2009
  • Georgia and Tennessee AP awards
  • Tennessee Mental Health Association Award
  • Tennessee Hospital Association Award
  • Tennessee ARC award
  • Tennessee School Bell awards
  • Florida School Bell awards
  • Missouri Broadcaster Association awards for Investigative Reporting
  • East Tennessee SPJ Golden Press Card Award
  • Multiple Horace V. Wells Community Service Awards from East Tennessee SPJ
  • Multiple East Tennessee Golden Press Card Awards
  • Silver Circle Member, National Association of Television Arts and Science, Nashville Chapter