Dave Flessner


phone: 423-757-6340




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.
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Employers added nearly 42,000 workers across Tennessee and Georgia last month, cutting the jobless rate in both states by two-tenths of a percentage point.

The outgoing chairwoman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee said Tuesday she is "disappointed" in the delay by some Republicans in confirming new members to TVA and vowed to push for a quick confirmation.

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The outgoing chairwoman of the Senate committee that oversees the Tennessee Valley Authority said today she is "disappointed" in the delay by some Republicans in confirming new members to TVA and vowed to push for a quick confirmation.

A week ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, TVA employees are getting an extra reason to be thankful as they receive an average of nearly $11,400 each in year-end bonuses for helping the federal utility surpass all of its major goals in the past year.

TVA boosted its net income and employee pay while paying down its debt in fiscal 2014.

The Tennessee Valley Authority will distribute $131 million in performance bonuses this week to employees who helped the federal utility surpass all of its key goals for safety, performance, reliability and income during fiscal 2014.

TVA CEO paid $4.6 million in 2014

Four executives at government utility earn over $2 million in past year

The Tennessee Valley Authority paid its chief executive more than $4.6 million in the past year to run the government-owned utility, or more than 10 times the $400,000 salary paid to President Obama.

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