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

‘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.

Exhibit and model makers of Marshall Space Flight Center telling story of NASA

The exhibit and model makers of the Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville are still telling the story of NASA in a very unique, hands-on way.

Florida man remembers Wernher von Braun, Huntsville lunar legacy

WAAY 31 met up with a man who worked the Apollo missions and remembers von Braun’s legacy and the strange place he met the famous rocket scientist.

Huntsville company that played part in Apollo missions helping launch humans into space again

While NASA gets most of the credit for landing men on the moon, they didn’t do it alone. Thousands of private companies, both large and small, supplied critical parts and services.

African Americans broke barriers in space race as Huntsville worked to send man to the moon

There were quite a few African-American pioneers at NASA.

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!

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