ATLANTA — Dawn White joined the 11Alive team as a multiskilled journalist in November 2021. Dawn is a broadcast veteran with 13 years experience in news and a passion for telling people’s stories. She first became interested in TV news at five years old watching local and national news with her grandmother.
Dawn most recently worked as a hybrid news and sports reporter at First Coast News, the NBC and ABC affiliate in Jacksonville, Fla. She broke and covered many stories during her time there, including being the only reporter to interview a juror in the Russell Tillis trial, better known as the “House of Horrors” case. Dawn had a weekly sports segment “Heart of the Game” featuring a local high school human interest story. She received an Emmy nomination in the category of Video Journalist for her work shooting, editing, writing, and reporting stories.
Before soaking in the sun and palm trees of Florida, Dawn was an anchor, reporter, traffic anchor, and Baltimore Ravens feature reporter for WBAL in Baltimore, Md. Dawn and her colleagues won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for Breaking News Coverage of FBI raids on former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh’s home and office. She lent her hands to weekly profiles of Ravens’ players and extensively covered their charity work for in-depth pieces.
Before working as the jack of all trades in Baltimore, Dawn spent three years at abc27 News in Harrisburg, Pa. as the York County reporter and a fill-in anchor. That’s where she broke the most rewarding story of her career on Libre, a puppy left for dead on a Lancaster County farm, and his story led to the groundbreaking Libre’s Law in the state. Dawn’s work was recognized with the 2016 Media Hero Award from the Humane Society of the United States. While at abc27, Dawn won two awards from the Pennsylvania Association of Broadcasters. One was for Outstanding Television Coverage of a Local Sporting Event for her story on a deaf race car driver and another award for Outstanding Television Feature Story for a profile on a homeless student living in a shelter. She was nominated an Emmy Award for her story on homeless students and nominated two times for Outstanding Video Journalist.
Dawn worked as a fill-in traffic anchor at WGAL in Lancaster, Pa., and before that spent four years at NBC25 in Hagerstown, Md. She worked as the Frederick County Bureau reporter, Maryland General Assembly reporter, and was promoted to weekend evening anchor. Her coverage of a blind swimmer won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Video Sports Reporting. Dawn started off her career as an assignment editor at FOX43 in York, Pa.
Dawn is a proud member of the Native American Journalists Association and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism. She graduated summa cum laude from Carroll Community College and worked full-time while in college as a single mother to her son David.
She is a classically trained pianist and former competitive swimmer and figure skater. In her free time, Dawn enjoys all kinds of fitness, including weightlifting, pilates, swimming, yoga, and HIIT training. She loves spending time with her Hurricane Harvey rescue dog Houston.
“I am so excited to be a part of the Atlanta community and 11Alive team. I love the creative energy and southern hospitality of the area,” she said.
Dawn is passionate about covering animal welfare stories and being the voice for people and animals. She would love to hear your story ideas! Please message her below.
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