Erin Dacy is approaching her 20th anniversary at WAAY. Erin has covered or presented nearly every major story in Alabama during that time, having interviewed governors, mayors, football coaches, icons and everyday folks. Her work on the anchor desk has earned her 5 Associated Press awards for Best News Anchor in Alabama. The San Antonio, Texas native covered two major historical events: the final launch of Space Shuttle Atlantis, and her beloved Alabama Crimson Tide's National Championship wins in 2009 and 2011.
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas
Birthday: May 7th
Year hired at WAAY: 1992
Family, kids and siblings: Husband and two children
Family Pets: No pets-the kids REALLY want a dog. How long can we resist?
Hobbies: Ballet dancing. I started at age 3, quit for a while, after I had kids, and now I dance for exercise and fun
Alma Mater: Winston Churchill High School San Antonio, TX and the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
The biggest story: Breaking the news about Boeing's official announcement coming to Decatur live from Capitol Hill in 1996. This story changed the technology landscape of the Tennessee Valley. Click here to watch the behind the scenes story of the announcement.
The most meaningful story: Reporting and organizing the 20th reunion of Southern Airways Flight 242. The plane took off from Huntsville and crashed in New Hope, GA., killing more than 60 people. Survivors and victims' families reunited at the crash site for an emotion filled memorial service. Click here to see the behind the scenes story of the reunion.
The most powerful story: Hurricane Danny. Our coverage for ABC News was fed to dozens of television stations around the country as the eye of the storm descended on Romar Beach, Alabama. Click here to see amazing hurricane footage of a storm that punished Alabama coastline for 27 hours.
The most unconventional story: Who really wants to spend the night in Alabama's prisons? Then, who wants to do it twice? I was the first Alabama journalist allowed to spend the night in a women's and men's state prison. Our confrontation of Gov. Don Siegelman with the realities of prison overcrowding earned numerous Associated Press awards. Click here for a behind-the-scenes look at the series.
Role model: My parents: they get smarter the older I get!
Favorite food: Mexican- I grew up in San Antonio, so anything Mexican and spicy is part of my heart, soul and stomach!
Favorite sports team and why: Alabama Crimson Tide- it's my alma mater and the San Antonio Spurs-I used to watch them years before they were any good and before David Robinson ever came along.
Favorite musician: I like everything from Beyonce to Franz Schubert to George Strait and anything 80's- I have eclectic music taste and love it all.
Favorite vacation spot: Hawaii—only been there once, but I can't wait to go back. I loved Costa Rica- I visited there when my sister lived there with her family
First TV appearance: As a young ballet company dancer in San Antonio. A local TV station did a story on our production.
Your dream job: I have it..I can continue to do the career I love, and do my most important career (being a mom) at the same time.
Why you like working in the Tennessee Valley and WAAY: I never imagined I would put down roots in the Tennessee Valley more than 17 years ago, but this is my home. I always thought I'd move back to San Antonio, but I love this community for the people, the scenery and all the wonderful family offerings available here.
Community involvement: I support the dozens of partnerships WAAY-31 has in the community, serve on the P-T-A in Huntsville City Schools, serve Huntsville Ballet and serve in many capacities at my church:Saint Mary of the Visitation.