Dale Hansen

WFAA sports anchor Dale Hansen talks about his best friend and life in the country.

Dale Hansen is the weeknight sports anchor during the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts on WFAA-TV (Channel 8) and also hosts Dale Hansen's Sports Special on Sundays at 10:20 p.m.

In 1987, Hansen was honored with the George Foster Peabody Award for Distinguished Journalism. That same year, he won the duPont-Columbia Award for his contribution to the investigation of SMU's football program. As a result of this investigation, the NCAA prohibited SMU from fielding a football program in 1987.

Hansen began his career as a radio disc jockey and operations manager in Newton, Iowa. This was followed by a job as a sports reporter at KMTV in Omaha, Nebraska. Hansen's first job in Dallas was with KDFW-TV (Channel 4). He joined WFAA-TV in 1983. Hansen's other awards and honors include:

• Sportscaster of the Year on two occasions by the Associated Press
• Texas Sportscaster of the Year on three occasions by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association
• Best Sportscaster by United Press International and the Dallas Press Club
• TV Personality of the Year by American Women in Radio and Television
• Iowa Associated Press award for Best Investigative Reporter


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