Dave Flessner (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6340
E-mail: dflessner@timesfreepress.com
Bio:
Dave Flessner is the business editor for the Times Free Press. A journalist for 35 years, Dave has been business editor and projects editor for the Chattanooga Times Free Press, city editor for The Chattanooga Times, business and county reporter for the Chattanooga Times, correspondent for the Lansing State Journal and Ingham County News in Michigan, staff writer for the Hastings Daily Tribune in Nebraska, and news director for WCBN-FM in Michigan. Dave, a native of Lansing, Mich., joined the Times Free Press in 1999 after working for 19 years at The Chattanooga Times. He covers energy, business and special projects, including the Tennessee Valley Authority. Dave has previously covered police, county government, politics and education. A 1979 graduate of the University of Michigan, Dave also studied economics at Michigan State University's Graduate School of Business. He has won more than a dozen journalism awards for business, breaking and investigatory reporting, including first place honors for education coverage in 2007 from the Tennessee Press Association, investigative reporting in 2006 and project reporting in 2005 from the East Tennessee Society of Professional Journalists, deadlline reporting in 2002 from the Georgia Associated Press Association, and health care reporting in 2001 from the Tennessee Hospital Association. Contact Dave at 423-757-6340 or dflessner@timesfreepress.com. Follow him on twitter at twitter.com/chattreporter.

Trump fills four of five vacancies on TVA board

Published Sep. 21 2017

President Donald Trump on Thursday nominated four new members for the the board of the Tennessee Valley Authority, filling all...

Haslam: Latest GOP plan to repeal and replace Obamacare is 'home run for Tennessee'

Published Sep. 20 2017

The latest Affordable Care Act repeal-and-replace proposal is "a home run for Tennessee," Gov. Bill Haslam, R-Tenn., said Wednesday.

Individual health insurance rates to jump another 21-42 percent next year in Tennessee

Published Sep. 20 2017

Health insurance rates for individual coverage in Tennessee will increase from 21 to 42 percent next year under rates for...

Consultants rate Georgia No. 1 for business

Published Sep. 20 2017

Georgia's economic recruiters helped bring more than $6.3 billion of new business investment and an estimated 30,309 new jobs to...

Shareholders OK SmartBank purchase of Alabama bank

Published Sep. 19 2017

Two years after acquiring the former Cornerstone Bank in Chattanooga, the parent company of SmartBank announced today that its shareholders...

Georgia recruits 30,309 jobs in the past year

Published Sep. 19 2017

Georgia economic recruiters helped bring more than $6.3 billion of new business investment to the Peach State during the fiscal...

Chattanooga stormwater regulatory changes trigger flood of concerns

Published Sep. 19 2017

Less than three years after adopting some of the strictest regulations for stormwater runoff in Tennessee, the city of Chattanooga...

Gas prices begin to drop after hurricanes

Published Sep. 18 2017

Chattanooga motorists got a slight reprieve in the price of fuel.

THE COSTS OF JOBS: The VW impact - Jobs versus $800 million in incentives weighed

Published Sep. 18 2017

A partnership of the largest media companies in the state examined those and other subsidies to answer a simple question:...

Bridges beyond the classroom: UTC grows with the city

Published Sep. 16 2017

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga continues to show gains in enrollment and graduation rates, but Chancellor Steven Angle challenged...

Bantam & Biddy restaurant to open in 700 block of Market Street

Published Sep. 14 2017

Bantam & Biddy, a casual all-natural eatery that features pastured poultry from a pair of successful Atlanta chefs, will open...

Jobless rate in Tennessee hits new low of 3.3 percent

Published Sep. 14 2017

Unemployment in Tennessee declined again last month to the lowest level on record.

Changes in Chattanooga's stormwater rules spur debate over development, environment

Published Sep. 14 2017

An environmental group that helped draft Chattanooga's stormwater regulations for the South Chickamauga Creek in 2014 claims a city proposal...

UPDATE: EPB still working to restore electricity to customers after strong storm [photos]

Published Sep. 13 2017

EPB is continuing work to restore power in some of the most challenging incidents created by tropical storm Irma, according...

Electric vehicles gain favor, but remain scarce on Chattanooga roads

Published Sep. 13 2017

Steve Hollingsworth wanted an economic and environmentally friendly vehicle to get around Chattanooga after he retired.

U.S. economy continues recovery, tops pre-recession income highs

Published Sep. 13 2017

The U.S. economic recovery is in the top of the 9th inning but still has extra innings to go in...

Local gas prices rise to highest level in more than two years

Published Sep. 11 2017

While motorists cope with rain and winds from Hurricane Irma today, the remnants of Hurricane Harvey are still hitting motorists...

Finalists named for Spirit of Innovation awards

Published Sep. 11 2017

The storytelling platform Pass It Down, co-working space Society of Work and The Tomorrow Building apartments are the finalists for...

TVA braces for heavy rains but doesn't expect flooding problems from hurricane remnants

Published Sep. 11 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority is expecting up to 4 inches of rain in parts of Northern Georgia and potentially other...

Discount Tire to open Hixson store, first of four new area locations

Published Sep. 10 2017

-Project: New Discount Tire store