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Dana Wachter

Dana Wachter is a reporter and the weekend anchor for FOX Carolina News and usually appears on FOX Carolina News Tonight.

Dana grew up in Marietta, Ga., and went to school at the University of Maryland, where she graduated with a degree in broadcasting and a concentration in sociology.

In college, Dana interned at CNN, working with the Special Investigations Bureau. She spent a summer in Washington, D.C., interning with WTTG-TV. She also interned at ABC World News in Washington, D.C.

After graduating from Maryland, Dana headed back south to Johnson City, Tenn., to work at WJHL-TV, covering northeast Tennessee and southwest Virginia.

In October 2010, Dana moved to the Upstate of South Carolina and joined FOX Carolina as a reporter for The Ten O'Clock News. About three years later, Dana became the weekend anchor for The Ten O'Clock News on Saturday and Sunday. She continues to report some week nights during FOX Carolina News Tonight.

E-mail: dana.wachter@foxcarolina.com

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Awards/Recognitions:

  • Best Breaking Sports Story - Tennessee Associated Press
  • 1st Place Collaborative Reporting - Golden Press Club Competition
  • June 2012 Emmy nomination, Southeast Regional Emmy - Craft Category: Video Journalist

On the weekends, I love to: Be outside, explore new places and try new things.

My favorite food is: Cheese, and pretty much any type of food in which cheese can be incorporated.

Hobbies: Listening to live music, cooking, swimming, hiking, camping and being with friends and family.

Most Memorable Story: So many stories, and the people I've interviewed, have become a part of who I am. One of the hardest things I've done as a reporter was to be the one to tell a woman why the man she loved didn't come home the night before. The day before, he had driven more than an hour away, to a post office, and held hostages, prompting a police standoff. Shocked to hear the news, she told me that before I explained the situation, she had no idea why the FBI showed up at her door that morning. I do love opportunities to report on, and take part in, adventures around the region. In a two week span, I white water rafted with a local sheriff's department as they GPS mapped a river for their 911 system, I repelled off a bridge with an EMS rescue squad in training, and floated in a hot air balloon as teams prepared for a massive balloon rally.

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