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Dan Shaffer

Dan Shaffer anchors the 4p, 5p, 6p, and 10p shows at WAAY.

Title: Anchor & Reporter

My broadcast career began in radio in the 1980s in Orlando, Florida even before I graduated from the University of Central Florida. After a few years I made the jump to television at the CBS affiliate. I handled the weekend weather duties and reported on the people and places of Central Florida. In 1996, I made the move down I-4 to the ABC station in Tampa to continue bringing viewers award-winning reports from their neighborhood. Now I'm excited to do the same at WAAY 31 News here in Huntsville!

I admit, I'm a bit of a science nerd, so the Rocket City is right up my alley. Since I grew up and worked in Florida I've had a front row seat to watch the growing space program. In 1969, (I was six), my dad packed us up and we traveled from Ft. Lauderdale to Cocoa Beach to watch the Apollo 11 moon launch! Years later (1981) as a young adult I drove myself to the same place to watch the first space shuttle launch.

I couldn't be more thrilled to be living and working in the beautiful Tennessee valley. Huntsville is a growing, vibrant city and my wife and I can't wait to explore it and the surrounding areas. As a Florida native, it's great to be close to the mountains! We are looking forward to experiencing everything North Alabama has to offer.

Recent Posts by Dan Shaffer

'We’re not going to take this anymore:’ Huntsville domestic violence survivor works to help others

WAAY 31 heard one survivor’s story of breaking free from her abuser and turning her survival story into an outreach for others.

Crisis Services of North Alabama officials explain importance of domestic violence awareness

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. All this week, WAAY 31 is taking a closer look at the issue in North Alabama.

Changes to Medicaid, Medicare rules have direct impact on Alabama patients

Medicare reimbursements are going up. That means more money for Alabama hospitals, many of which are hemorrhaging red ink.

Alabama film industry not seeing major impact from abortion ban

Alabama has a lot going for it for movie makers.

One dead in single car crash in Meridianville

The Labor Day afternoon crash claimed the life of the driver.

Chocolate shortage? Huntsville scientists work to prevent cacao trees from dying off

In many parts of the world, the tree that produces chocolate is dying off.

Business owner pushes for North Huntsville resurgence

New businesses and thousands of new jobs are keeping Huntsville's economy on the fast track.

‘That’s how we say it in Huntsville:' Wernher von Braun’s last name is popularly mispronounced

To the American eye, the pronunciation looks like Braun. However, in German, that name is pronounced brown.

Thousands gather at U.S. Space and Rocket Center for world record attempt

Just as they did 50 years ago at the Kennedy Space Center, eager rocket watchers squinted into the morning sun to watch.

Panel discussion at U.S. Space and Rocket Center features Operation Paperclip scientists' children

Wernher von Braun and his team of German scientists were brought to America at the end of World War II through a program called Operation Paperclip.

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