Dave Flessner (Reporter)

Phone: 423-757-6340
E-mail: dflessner@timesfreepress.com
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.

California-born couple relocates to Chattanooga to build houses, a marriage and family

Published Mar. 1 2017

Braxton Hagele grew up in a family of contractors in California. As a child, he often impressed inspectors on job...

Industry on the upswing: Home builders group president brings new life to old structures

Published Mar. 1 2017

Mike Croxall started framing houses while he was still in high school and worked in electrical, plumbing and site preparation...

Randi Zuckerberg tells Chattanooga crowd bridging gender divide in tech requires starting at early age [video]

Published Feb. 24 2017

When Randi Zuckerberg began working in the male-dominated Silicon Valley nearly 15 years ago, she said she was sure that...

Byron Kelly to head Berkshire Hathaway

Published Feb. 23 2017

After 35 years of leading one of Chattanooga's biggest real estate agencies, Ben and Karen Kelly on Wednesday passed the...

Nashville's Reliant Bank expands into Chattanooga

Published Feb. 21 2017

A decade-old bank that has grown to nearly $1 billion in assets in metro Nashville is expanding into Chattanooga.

Comcast adds more Gig service in 'Gig City'

Published Feb. 20 2017

Comcast is adding more gig to Gig City.

Local gas prices up 3.1 cents per gallon in past week

Published Feb. 20 2017

Average retail gasoline prices in Chattanooga rose above $2 a gallon last week for the first time since January.

Lower fuel costs cut power bills next month

Published Feb. 18 2017

Unusually warm winter temperatures and more normal rainfall last month combined to cut the price of electric power in the...

EPB launches Community Solar project

Published Feb. 17 2017

EPB started construction today on Chattanooga's first community solar project, which should start using the energy of the sun to...

Former Oxford, Miss. mayor elected to chair Tennessee Valley Authority

Published Feb. 17 2017

Memphis accountant Lynn Evans became the first woman and the first African-American to ever preside over the Tennessee Valley Authority...

Bob Rolfe named as Tennessee economic commissioner

Published Feb. 16 2017

A Nashville businesman who heads a 250-employee medical payment company has been tapped to head economic recruitment for the state...

Howorth elected TVA chair

Published Feb. 16 2017

Memphis accountant Lynn Evans today became the first woman and the first African American to ever preside over the TVA...

The Mercedes-Benz plant in Alabama celebrates 20th anniversary

Published Feb. 16 2017

The president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, Jason Hoff, showed off the first M-Class SUV to roll off the...

Corker urges Trump to address concerns of Russian influence

Published Feb. 15 2017

U.S. Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today urged the White House to quickly address questions about any undue Russian influence with...

The number of new businesses in Tennessee increased for the fifth straight year

Published Feb. 14 2017

The number of new business filing in Tennessee rose another 6.5 percent during the fourth quarter, continuing five years of...

Business Briefs: Sears to cut another $1 billion in expenses

Published Feb. 11 2017

Sears Holdings Corp. on Friday said it would slash costs by at least $1 billion this year in a restructuring...

Tech Town hires new CEO, plans to move

Published Feb. 10 2017

TechTown is moving into a smaller downtown facility with a new CEO this year, but officials hope the move will...

Business Briefs: Credit union opens second Food City unit

Published Feb. 10 2017

Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union on Thursday marked the opening of its second in-store branch at a local Food City...

Mohawk Industries earnings rise to another record

Published Feb. 9 2017

Mohawk Industries, Inc. boosted its net income last year by 24 percent to a record high $930 million, or $12.48...

RootsRated pitches plan to grow to $10 million business

Published Feb. 9 2017

When Fynn Glover and Mark McKnight started RootsRated in 2012, they drove 16,000 miles around North America interviewing more than...