Dave Dierks

Chief Meteorologist

POSTED: 12:35 PM Jun 20 2012   UPDATED: 2:41 PM Jun 04 2015

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The Tri-Cities has been home for Dave for more than 25 years.

He has fond memories of growing up in the small farming community of Traer, Iowa. Baling hay and detasseling corn earned spending money for Dave in his youth. However, it wasn't what was sprouting from the soil that garnered his interest, but rather what was falling on it from the clouds.

His interest in weather began at an early age when the tornado siren sounded one summer evening, and his mother insisted that hunkering down in the basement was the appropriate plan of action. While his mom was absolutely correct, every bit of Dave's inner desire was to go outside and look for that tornado.

Dave earned his degree in meteorology from Iowa State University, and he also received a minor in mass communications. While in college, he presented the morning weather for WOI-TV in Ames/Des Moines, Iowa. Following college, he worked as an on-air meteorologist for KCCI-TV in Des Moines until he joined WCYB as Chief Meteorologist in 1987.

For more than two decades, Dave has been honing his skills on what he deems "a very challenging" part of the country to forecast the weather. While his forecasting confidence over the years has increased for the geographically diverse southern Appalachians, he says he is always learning something new about how weather systems affect the Tri-Cities.

What Dave loves most about the Tri-Cities region is the beauty of the mountains and the friendly folks who have made him feel at home. Dave enjoys the many people he meets while off-camera and at the many community events that he is involved.

He met Natalie, a WCYB employee at the time, in 1988, and they were married in 1992. They have two children...son Austin, and daughter Taylor.


News 5 Staff


Preston Ayres

Preston Ayres grew up on a farm in the Bowmantown community of Washington County, TN.


Paul Johnson

PJ began his television career at WCYB-TV in 1981 after working as a newspaper and radio reporter.


Samantha Kozsey

Samantha Kozsey anchors News 5 Early Today, News 5 Today and News 5 at Noon. Samantha brings 15 years broadcast journalism experience to the WCYB team.


Julie Newman

Julie Newman anchors News 5 WCYB at 5, 6 and 11. She brings a dozen years of television experience to the newsroom.


Rebecca Pepin

Rebecca moved to the Tri-Cities in 2005 after living in Columbia, South Carolina for 5 years and working for WIS-TV.

Dave Dierks

The Tri-Cities has been home for Dave for more than 25 years. For more than two decades, he has been honing his skills on what he deems "a very challenging" part of the country to forecast the weather.


David Boyd

David grew up in Knoxville and has always had a love for weather.

Chris Michaels

Chris Michaels is the weekend evening meteorologist at News 5 WCYB. Chris comes to us from North Carolina State University, where he got his degree in Meteorology.


Casey Goetz

Casey joined the News 5 team as Weekend Sports Anchor/Reporter in August, 2010.


Olivia Caridi

Olivia Caridi is an Austin, Texas native who is excited to be living in the Tri-Cities. Olivia anchors the weekend news at 6 and 11pm on WCYB and the 10pm news on Fox Tri-Cities.


Callan Gray

Callan Gray grew up in New York, and has always had a love for storytelling.


Stephanie Santostasi

Stephanie comes to the Tri-Cities from Michigan, where she attended Central Michigan University with dual degrees in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts and Communication.

Cassandra Sweetman

Cassandra Sweetman

Cassandra Sweetman is a multimedia journalist for News 5 WCYB.

Olivia Bailey

Olivia Bailey

Olivia Bailey is a multi-media journalist for News 5 WCYB. She is a native of Chilhowie, Va., and graduate of Emory & Henry College.


Kristen Quon

Kristen is a Savannah, Georgia native who moved to Johnson City to study journalism at Milligan College.