Don Dare is a consumer and investigative reporter with WATE TV in Knoxville, Tennessee. Over his 30-year television broadcasting career, he has worked on several award-winning stories. In one investigation, he helped find housing for a man with mental retardation after Tennessee officials claimed the man wasn’t eligible. While working in Miami, an investigation of restaurant menus led to statewide changes in health department inspections.
Don holds an MA in journalism from the University of Georgia and a BA in speech/theater from NC Wesleyan College. He’s a Vietnam veteran who served with American Forces Radio and TV in Saigon. Prior to WATE TV, Don worked in Nashville, Miami, and St. Louis television markets as well as “Newscope,” a nationally syndicated news program in Los Angeles.
Don Dare’s awards include a regional Emmy, six Emmy nominations, three regional Murrow Awards, a national Gabriel Award, the National Press Club’s Consumer Award, two Cecil Awards from the National Arthritis Foundation, a San Francisco State University Broadcast Media Award, SPJ’s Green Eyeshade Award, a Silver Circle Award from JATAS, as well as numerous state and local broadcast awards from Florida, Missouri, and Tennessee.