A native to the Washington area, Dave Dildine is no stranger to the region’s complex traffic and weather patterns.
Before joining WTOP as a full-time traffic reporter, Dave worked as a traffic and weather reporter for XM Satellite Radio and as a weather research analyst in Austin, Texas. He also organized storm chasing tours with a company based in Oklahoma City.
Dave joined WTOP in 2010 as the station prepared to launch its own in-house traffic service. Since, he has spent a good deal of time analyzing what he calls D.C.’s weekend rush hour, a somewhat predictable ebbing, flowing and slowing of traffic on midday Saturdays and Sundays. He is quick to note the correlation between traffic volumes and prevailing weather; that a warm, sunny forecast can foreshadow traffic jams as formidable as those that form in rain or snow. (He is also alliterative to a fault.)
Having chased tornadoes for nearly two decades, Dave has logged countless miles on the highways and rural farm roads in the the Great Plains but he’s also battled through D.C. gridlock to reach local weather headlines like the 2002 La Plata tornado.
In addition to reporting on the 8s, Dave has covered many breaking weather stories for WTOP. He flew with the Hurricane Hunters into the eye of Hurricane Irene three days before the storm lashed Mid-Atlantic in August 2011. He also reported live from the 14th Street Bridge as the 2012 Derecho tore through downtown D.C. with 70 mile per hour winds. In 2014, he reported from Buffalo, New York as the city was buried beneath 7 feet of snow.
For his role in WTOP’s Crumbling Capital series, Dave won a Regional Edward R. Murrow and a Douglas Southall Freeman award. Dave was recognized by the Chesapeake Associated Press Broadcasters Association for his original series Ghost Roads, an almanac of corroded, cursed and abandoned highways in the outer Washington suburbs.
When he’s not holed up in the Glass Enclosed Nerve Center, Dave enjoys running, playing tennis and photography. He currently lives in Arlington, Virginia.
If you see more than he says, call Dave on the WTOP Traffic hotline at 866-304-WTOP or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.