WTOP’s Dave Dildine Recognized in Washington City Paper’s 2022 The People Issue

Washington, D.C. – December 15, 2022 – WTOP Traffic Reporter Dave Dildine has been featured among 11 Washingtonians in Washington City Paper’s “The People Issue 2022.”

A native to the Washington area, Dave Dildine is no stranger to the region’s complex traffic and weather patterns. Dubbed “The Navigator” in “The People Issue,” Dildine spends his days “knitting together an array of rush hour wrecks and traffic jams” and reporting it on air six times an hour. But he says he never aspired to be a traffic reporter.

“I didn’t aspire to traffic reporting from 6 years old. I was obsessed with construction vehicles and road signs, as a lot of kids are. I was much more interested in weather,” said Dildine. “But when the opportunity came about for a traffic reporting gig here at WTOP, a flagship station, it was an offer too good to turn down.”

Dave joined WTOP in 2010 when the station launched its very own in-house traffic service. You can hear him “on the 8s and when it breaks” from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays.

“We’re incredibly proud of Dave and thrilled to see him recognized,” said General Manager Joel Oxley. “The work Dave does day in and day out, is something that residents across the DMV know they can always count on to keep them safe, save them time and get them where they need to go. This recognition is a testament to that.”

Washington City Paper’s “The People Issue” recognizes Washingtonians who are shaping the city and caring for the community.

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