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.
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December 3, 2013 6:30 am
The $4 Billion Texas Electric Bill
Our StateImpact reporting project has been looking into how Texans may have to foot the bill for billions of dollars in new power plants. It's a possibility if the state decides customers need to subsidize big power companies to make sure there's enough electricity on the hottest days. But it's highly controversial — and not just in Texas.
November 26, 2013 6:30 am
Is A Gridlocked Congress Good For Texas Oil & Gas?
Last week, there was a lot of news out of Washington about the "partisan gridlock" that has prevented Republicans and Democrats from compromising and passing laws. It's an important issue to the Texas oil & gas industry. In some ways, the industry thinks it could benefit more if the federal government does less. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling explains why that is.
November 19, 2013 6:30 am
License To Drill: How Ex-Felons Can Operate Oil & Gas Wells In Texas
There's a lot of money being made in Texas with the surge in drilling for oil & gas. Maybe you've thought about how you could get a piece of the profits by investing in some of the wells. If so, StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has a warning: The person running the company might be a felon — and that's just fine with the state of Texas.
November 13, 2013 6:30 am
As Texas Petrochemical Industry Booms, Warnings Of What Could Cause Bust
Early next year, the U.S. Supreme Court will consider a case that some say could have serious consequences for the Texas economy. The case involves new rules for industries that pollute the air. The state of Texas brought the case because it says those new rules could be devastating to profits and employment in the refining and petrochemical industries. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling wanted to find out what's known about the cost of reducing pollution.
November 5, 2013 6:30 am
Texas Oil Drillers Look For Ways To Snuff-Out Flared Gas
The oil industry is staying busy in Texas. State regulators are issuing over a thousand permits a month to allow the drilling of oil wells. But the state is also issuing hundreds of permits to burn millions of dollars worth of natural gas — just to get rid of it at the oil well site.
October 28, 2013 6:30 am
Would Igloos Lower Risk Of Fertilizer Explosions?
Six months ago in the town of West, a fire at a fertilizer storage facility caused a massive explosion, killing 15 people. In coming weeks, federal regulators are supposed to submit their proposals for what could be done to reduce the risk of explosions where chemical fertilizer is store by the ton. There are at least 74 such facilities in Texas alone. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling looked into what changes might protect communities, including the use of buildings that look like igloos.
October 17, 2013 6:30 am
Why Fracking's Gusher Of Geothermal Energy Is Wasted
Across Texas, oil and gas companies have drilled thousands of new wells, bringing up millions of barrels of oil and vast quantities of natural gas. But something else has been shooting up to the surface: millions of gallons of water. Often times that water is very hot — which means it could be put to a very good use. But it's not. Here's why from StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling.
October 10, 2013 6:30 am
How Oil & Gas Drillers Are Trying To Earn Creditability With Environmentalists
Over the next two years, the federal government will start enforcing new rules on oil & gas drillers. The rules require that the drillers use "green" technologies to reduce the loss of methane gas that comes up out of the ground when new wells are drilled. StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling has been looking into the environmental effects of drilling. He found that some companies are now opening themselves up to new scrutiny to prove what they’re doing won't hurt their neighbors.
October 7, 2013 6:30 am
How Hurricanes That Hit The Texas Coast Can Float Giant Tanks
We're in the last two months of hurricane season. In years past, big storms have done billions of dollars of damage along the Texas Gulf Coast. Now, questions are being raised about what is not being done to protect one vulnerable type of structure: the huge tanks that hold toxic chemicals and petroleum. High winds and high water can cause them to float, sometimes with disastrous results.
September 25, 2013 6:30 am
The Father Of Environmental Justice Sees Danger In How Texas Regulates
Texas is leading the nation in creating jobs. One factor is the big growth in the oil and gas industry. But as more wells are drilled and more crude is processed, there are worries about pollution and its effect on communities. Just who benefits and who loses? Here's StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling with more on what's called "environmental justice."
September 17, 2013 6:30 am
Texans Use Less Power Than Expected, Baffling State Regulators
Something unexpected is happening in Texas when it comes to how much electricity we're all using. It's less than what experts had predicted. Exactly why this is happening is somewhat of a mystery. But as StateImpact reporter Dave Fehling found, the consequences could determine if Texans have to pay more for the electricity they are using.
September 12, 2013 6:30 am
Restoring Power: What Houston Learned From Ike
Five years ago this week, much of Houston was without electricity. Hurricane Ike had ripped-down power lines as the storm's winds exceeded a hundred miles an hour. Would another hurricane put 2 million utility customers in the dark for days as Ike did?
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