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.

Wade Hinton chosen as Presidential Leadership Scholar

Published Feb. 6 2017

Chattanooga City Attorney Wade Hinton is one of 60 scholars chosen as a Presidential Leadership Scholar who begins a leadership...

Chattanooga gas prices decline another 1.5 cents per gallon

Published Feb. 6 2017

Gas prices continued a month-long decline last week, cutting the average price of a gallon of regular gas below $2...

Lodge Manufacturing constructs biggest building in Marion County [photos]

Published Feb. 5 2017

NEW HOPE, TENN. — Construction crews are erecting the biggest building ever built in Marion County — and one with...

Chattanooga's Fox station sells out of commercials for all of Super Bowl Sunday

Published Feb. 4 2017

Regardless of whether the New England Patriots or the Atlanta Falcons win the Super Bowl Sunday, WDSI-TV, Fox-61 is already...

La-Z-Boy to add 115 jobs in expansion of Dayton plant

Published Feb. 2 2017

La-Z-Boy Inc., announced today it will add 115 more jobs at its Dayton upholstery furniture-making plant as part of a...

Chattanooga-based mall developer promises 'year of reinvention' in 2017

Published Feb. 1 2017

Despite a dip in fourth quarter funds from operations (FFO), CBL & Associates Properties boosted income and occupancy at its...

Passion for climbing compels duo to open two award-winning attractions for Southside

Published Feb. 1 2017

Over the past six years, Max Poppel and Dan Rose have helped transform Chattanooga's Southside with a pair of signature...

Tennessee leads nation in small business job growth

Published Feb. 1 2017

Tennessee and Georgia are leading the country in job growth among small businesses, according to employment data compiled by one...

The man with the power in Dalton

Published Feb. 1 2017

Tom Bundros was working in Atlanta for Georgia Power and the Southern Co. two decades ago when he got a...

Five career resolutions to boost your job satisfaction in 2017

Published Feb. 1 2017

Here's what you should try to do this year to better your skills and market appeal.

EPB's new voice: Kenya native Hodgen Mainda brings unique political skills to job

Published Feb. 1 2017

Hodgen Mainda joined EPB in January as government relations and community development director just as the city-owned utility prepares to...

The history of the Bluff View Art District

Published Feb. 1 2017

The Porteras bought the Newell Home in 1991.


Matt Lewis brings new restaurant concepts to historic downtown structures

Published Feb. 1 2017

Matt Lewis has become one of the biggest developers of restaurants and pubs in downtown Chattanooga over the past 12...

These were the Chattanooga area's biggest business projects announced in 2016

Published Feb. 1 2017

These are the biggest business projects in the Chattanooga area announced in 2016:

Chattanooga restaurateurs create recipe for success with multiple brands

Published Feb. 1 2017

Restaurants may be pleasing to the palate, but it often takes a strong stomach to survive in an industry where...

TVA halts hiring while studying Trump's order on federal freeze on adding workers

Published Jan. 31 2017

The Tennessee Valley Authority has halted hiring of new employees while it evaluates President Donald Trump's executive order issued last...

Colder weather boosts TVA sales, income

Published Jan. 31 2017

A colder fall generated more cold cash for America's biggest government utility.

What states have the fewest labor unions?

Published Jan. 31 2017

The share of workers who were members of a labor union last year across the United States fell to 10.7...

Chattanooga-based Playcore buys Worlds of Wow

Published Jan. 30 2017

After acquiring four other play and recreation equipment businesses in 2016, PlayCore Holdings Inc. started 2017 with yet another business...

Gas prices continue to decline

Published Jan. 30 2017

Gas prices continued their three-week-long decline last week.