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

Marshall Space Flight Center's director looks forward to NASA's next 50 years

WAAY 31 sat down with Marshall Space Flight Center Director Jody Singer about what's to come in the next 50 years.

'Space City USA:' Huntsville's theme park that never was

About a third of the way into construction, the park went belly up. The dream of Space City USA proved to be out of this world.

Neil Armstrong's old sports car returns home to the Florida coast

WAAY 31 heard from the man who owns Neil Armstrong's old sports car!

Rocket City without rockets? Experts say technology and re-invention are in Huntsville's DNA

“The Space Age, the Rocket City, doesn’t so much change Huntsville, as it was just the next evolution of what was already going on," said David Hitt, the president of the Huntsville Madison County Historical Society.

Former Huntsville NASA engineer sharing collection of historic space memorabilia

WAAY 31 sat down with a man who has amassed a huge collection of NASA memorabilia during his years at the space agency.

Margrit Von Braun talks about growing up in Huntsville with a world-famous father

Dr. Wernher Von Braun, the first director of the Marshall Space Flight Center, spearheaded NASA’s race into space, putting Huntsville on the map and becoming a household name doing it.

Wheeler Dam disaster threatened moon launch 60 years ago

In 1961, Wernher Von Braun and his team were ready to test-launch the first version of their massive Saturn rocket that would take astronauts to the moon, but a catastrophe at the Wheeler Dam threatened to put the entire Apollo program behind schedule.

How much do you really pay in federal taxes? Probably less than you think.

WAAY 31 decided to take a closer look into the tax system, and break down the tax brackets.

Huntsville’s Saturn V rocket gets a fresh look for Apollo 11 moon landing anniversary

WAAY 31 is celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon launch this year.

Jack Daniel's Cooperage in North Alabama produces key ingredient for Tennessee whiskey: Barrels

WAAY 31 got a rare look inside the Jack Daniel's Cooperage in Lawrence, County.

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