Our sports director, Dave Platta is one of the longest-running anchors at WTVM and News Leader Nine's Taylor Barnhill helps us get to know him better. More >>
Dave Platta joined the WTVM as Sports Director in August 1985, making him the dean of local sportscasters. Dave is sports anchor on News Leader 9 at Six as well as News Leader 9 Nightside Tuesday thru Friday.
Dave has earned 11 awards for his work since coming to Columbus, including honors for specials he produced and anchored, a series on the history of baseball in Columbus, as well as feature reporting, and his photography. Dave also earned a Georgia Association of Broadcasters Award of Merit for his work on the 1995 Auburn-Alabama preview show, "Battle for Braggin' Rights."
Before coming to WTVM, Dave worked at WGHP-TV in High Point, NC as weekend sports anchor, and at WLUK-TV in Green Bay, WI as a sports reporter/photographer. He also worked at WIFR-TV in Rockford, IL and KHQA-TV in Quincy, IL.
Dave attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-TV. Originally from Winthrop Harbor, Illinois, Dave is married and has two sons.