Dave Fehling is KUHF's Energy and Environment Reporter. His reporting is a part of StateImpact, a collaboration with KUT in Austin and NPR.
Dave first went on-the-air in college in Greencastle, Indiana working at campus radio station WGRE-FM and later for an all-news station in Indianapolis, WIFE-AM. Upon graduation from DePauw University (Class of '82, political science major), he became a morning anchor and city hall reporter for WKYT-TV in Lexington, Kentucky. Two years later, he moved to Cincinnati's WCPO-TV where he was a general assignment and investigative reporter, winning awards for uncovering the secrets of buried radioactive waste and mismanagement at a Federal facility for processing uranium for nuclear weapons.
By age 28, he was in Houston at CBS affiliate KHOU-TV doing general reporting for the station's late news. Assignments included days of live coverage at the Branch Davidian standoff in Waco, witnessing and reporting on an execution on the Texas Death Row, and covering the devastation of Hurricane Andrew.
In 1993, CBS News hired him as a staff correspondent. He reported for CBS affiliates nationwide and for CBS News programs, covering assignments including the O.J. Simpson saga, the bombing of the Federal building in Oklahoma City, military intervention in Haiti, and the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan. He once reported 27 hours nearly nonstop, doing 78 live reports from the scene of the Gianni Versace murder in Miami.
In 1998, KHOU-TV lured him back to create "11 Up Close," an in-depth segment that was part of what became the highest-rated late TV newscast in Texas. He also was a substitute anchor on all the station's main newscasts.
Dave likes to say he started delivering the news early: as an 11 year-old at 5 AM! That was as a newspaper carrier for the Cincinnati Enquirer in his hometown of Aurora, Indiana. He wrote for his junior high and high school newspapers and won a speech contest as a high school senior, all of which seemed to have been early signs of a career path.
In addition to being a part of the KUHF news team, Dave teaches broadcast journalism as a lecturer at the University of Houston.