She may be a native Californian, but Summer will be the first to tell you she is a true Texan at heart. After attending Southern Methodist University (Pony Up!), in Dallas, she knew she had found home in Texas. Dashe graduated in May 2013 with a degree in journalism and excitedly joined the KLTV team in July.
Summer was honored to be the recipient of the 2012 Pete Wilson Journalism Scholarship Award by RTDNA, a national journalism organization, for her commitment to ethical and responsible journalism.
She completed internships with KTVU Channel 2 News, in San Francisco, and WFAA Channel 8 News, in Dallas. She also worked as a staff writer for The Dallas Morning News while attending SMU.
Dashe was a major part of her University's student-run television newscast, The Daily Update, where she did everything from producing to anchoring and was elected News Director her senior year. She was an instrumental leader in merging television, digital, and print media at SMU. She was also the President of SMU's RTDNA chapter.
Throughout college, Summer was eager to use her skills for non-profit organizations like The Akilah Institute, for which she filmed a promotional video during a two week trip, alone, to Rwanda and reported on women's education issues post-genocide. She also shot a promotional video for Cercle Social, a non-profit in Benin.
Dashe is a proud Delta Delta Delta member, voted most outstanding Tri Delta 2013, by her sisters.
She's an animal lover and mom of a very sweet hamster! She looks visits from her big sister and brother and is eager to convert the rest of the Dashe family to Texans with hopes they'll move here someday soon!
Summer is amazed at the warmth and kindness of the people she has met in East Texas and is grateful to you for the opportunity to report your stories. She's very friendly and invites you to email her with story ideas and looks forward to hearing from you!