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.


PJ Johnson

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


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 east Tennessee 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.

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.

Tiana Bohner

Tiana comes to the Tri-Cities from Boston where she studied Broadcast Journalism at Boston University. While in college, Tiana interned at CNN in Atlanta as well as local stations in Boston and Honolulu.

Emily Carrier

Emily Carrier is a multimedia journalist for News 5 WCYB. Emily is a Bristol, Virginia, native and graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emory & Henry.

Kristi O'Connor

Kristi O’Connor is a multimedia journalist and producer for News 5 WCYB. While in school, she reported, produced and anchored for the school TV station and served as editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper.

Maggie Smolka

Maggie Smolka graduated Magna Cum Laude from Emerson College in Boston with her B.S. in Journalism, and then joined the WCYB news team in the Tri-Cities in July, 2015.