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.

Chattanooga, Huntsville could get jobs, tax credits from nuclear plant

Published Sep. 23 2017

Despite cost overruns and plant cancellations by major utilities in the South, Franklin L. Haney is convinced he can finish...

Congressional power comes to EPB for energizing new type of battery

Published Sep. 23 2017

Three months after activating its 4-acre solar array along Holtzclaw Avenue, EPB is tying the power generated by the sun...

Business Briefs: Uber to lose license to work in London

Published Sep. 23 2017

Uber will lose its license to operate in London because it may be endangering public safety and security, the local...


Tennessee senators back Graham-Cassidy bill

Published Sep. 22 2017

Tennessee's U.S. senators hope the latest Obamacare repeal effort passes the full Senate next week.

Corker praises recent White House changes he says are "like day and night"

Published Sep. 22 2017

Corker said "there is no daylight between" himself and President Trump.

Corker applauds tighter sanctions on North Korea, downplays bomb threat to U.S.

Published Sep. 22 2017

Senate Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker said Kim Jong Un wants to keep his nuclear weaponry to ensure his own...

Chattanooga area unemployment rate falls below 4 percent

Published Sep. 22 2017

Unemployment fell in the Chattanooga area last month to its lowest level for August in a decade as employers in...

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...