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.

Forum to highlight opportunities, challenges of aging population

Published Jun. 25 2017

Aging is a part of life that should be embraced and celebrated, not feared or scorned, according to an influential...

Environmental groups challenge TVA plans for small nuclear reactors in Oak Ridge

Published Jun. 25 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority wants to use the site of a nuclear reactor design abandoned in the 1970s to develop...

Women's leadership institute grows, moves to hub of Innovation district

Published Jun. 24 2017

Chattanooga Women's Leadership Institute (CWLI) is moving into the hub of Chattanooga's Innovation District after more than doubling its membership...

Business Briefs: EPB offers app for outage info

Published Jun. 24 2017

With the threat of strong storms once again affecting the Chattanooga area, EPB is introducing a new computer application for...

State offices in Nashville sell for $8.9 million

Published Jun. 23 2017

A Chattanooga-based auction company said today it sold two state properties in downtown Nashville for $8,925,000.

Bill Haslam heads to Europe to lure more foreign direct investment

Published Jun. 23 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the state's chief economic recruiter, Bob Rolfe, will head to Europe next week for an...

Business Briefs: Mortgage rates drop despite Fed rate hike

Published Jun. 23 2017

Long-term U.S. mortgage rates dropped slightly this week.

Chattanooga jobless rate falls to 16-year low

Published Jun. 22 2017

Unemployment in metropolitan Chattanooga fell last month to its lowest level in 16 years as employers in the six-county region...

Haslam heads to Europe on trade mission next week

Published Jun. 22 2017

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam and the state's chief economic recruiter, Bob Rolfe, will head to Europe next week for an...

La-Z-Boy stock jumps 22 percent on better than expected profits

Published Jun. 21 2017

Shares of La-Z-Boy jumped 22.1 percent Wednesday after the furniture maker reported quarterly earnings that easily topped analysts' expectations.

Most of Tennessee will have only one insurer under Obamacare in 2018

Published Jun. 21 2017

Chattanooga, Knoxville and most rural counties in Tennessee will have only one insurance provider offering individual health insurance plans under...

Chattanooga-based Bellhops wants to make moving greener

Published Jun. 21 2017

Since its founding in 2011, Bellhops has positioned itself as an alternative to big-box moving brands with its Uber-like, on-demand...


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Consumer Reports rates EPB as best cable TV provider in the country

Published Jun. 20 2017

EPB Fiber was rated as the best television service provider and the fourth best Internet provider among all cable companies...

Diversify Week showcases variety of Chattanooga businesses, groups, individuals

Published Jun. 20 2017

The Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce is celebrating all things local, cultural, diverse and inclusive as part of Diversify Week.

Toshiba payment helps finish Georgia plant

Published Jun. 18 2017

The recent agreement by the Toshiba Corp., to pay $3.68 billion to help Georgia Power continue building the new units...

Pinnacle completes $2 billion purchase of Bank of North Carolina

Published Jun. 16 2017

Tennessee's fastest growing bank announced today that it has closed its purchase of the parent company of the Bank of...

Tennessee jobless rate falls to 16-year low

Published Jun. 15 2017

Unemployment in Tennessee fell to the lowest monthly level in more than 16 years last month as employment grew across...

Former King's Lodge renovated to 138-unit apartment complex

Published Jun. 15 2017

One of Chattanooga's most visible and iconic hotels of the past half century is getting a new look and use.

Business Briefs: LaunchTN wins grant of $500,000 from Appalachian Regional Commission

Published Jun. 15 2017

An economic development agency targeted for elimination by President Donald Trump announced on Wednesday $15.7 million in funding to help...

Leadership Tennessee includes 14 local leaders

Published Jun. 14 2017

The Leadership Tennessee program will include 14 business and community leaders from Chattanooga in the 2017-2018 class.