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13 fascinating facts about Dave Price:
• I play the trumpet, although not very often anymore. I bought my first instrument at my grandpa’s music repair store.
• I completed the Chicago marathon on a frigid morning in 2002.
• My grandpa used to ride bikes as a kid with Beverly Hillbillies star, Buddy Ebsen, in Belleville, Illinois.
• When I was growing up, half our backyard was full of strawberry plants. Strawberries are still my favorite fruit.
• My wife and I got engaged on Friday the 13th.
• I probably have a tie addiction.
• My father-in-law is a divorce attorney. So is my brother-in-law. I had better be a REALLY good husband.
• I throw right-handed and kick left-footed. I don’t know why.
• Barack and Michelle Obama gave me honeymoon advice.
• LeAnn Rimes was my first celebrity interview. I flew a T-34 Mentor Navy plane over the Rocky Mountains. And I steered a nuclear submarine in the Bahamas, all because of cool tv assignments.
• I have two younger brothers and a sister. My mom always baked birthday cakes in shapes of our favorite characters. My dad makes amazing soups and barbecue.
• I almost never miss a St. Louis Cardinals’ game on tv. My grandma used to babysit former Cards’ manager, Whitey Herzog.
• I’m a German/Austrian/English/Welsh/Native American/native Illinoisian.

Dave Price is WHO-TV’s Political Director, host of the Sunday morning show “The Insiders” and anchors Channel 13 News on weekend evenings.

It’s difficult to find a local television reporter in the United States who has spent more time covering presidential candidates than Dave. Dave grew up in Belleville, Illinois, where he formed his passion in politics and his beloved St. Louis Cardinals from his dad.

He graduated from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and later worked at the powerhouse radio station in St. Louis, KMOX.

Dave left St. Louis radio to earn his Master’s Degree at the prestigious University of Missouri-Columbia. He stayed in Columbia, where he served as morning news anchor and assignments manager at KOMU-TV.

Dave then moved to Montgomery, Alabama, to help launch WNCF-TV, where he served as weekend anchor and political reporter.

In 2001, Dave began his career at WHO-TV, where he specializes in coverage of the Iowa Caucuses and state government.

Dave has earned a national Emmy, Edward R. Murrow and dozens of state and regional awards for his reporting and anchor. He also authored his first book, “Caucus Chaos,” an insider’s account of the always unpredictable way Iowans help pick the next president.

He lives in Clive with his wife Emily and son Hayden.

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  • Corn, Candidates and Ice Cream Set Up for Sunday

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  • Rubio Spares Rain-Soaked Supporters, Pushes for More Corn

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    Governor Branstad Sometimes Backs More Money for Schools, Other Times Doesn’t

    DES MOINES, Iowa — On Monday, Iowa Governor Terry Branstad defended his practice to give more money to the state’s public schools in certain areas and then refuse to give traditional across-the-board increases for more areas. Branstad’s office released a list of areas where the governor supported increased funding in education: Student-Focused funding to improve student achievement $102.7 million for the innovative Teacher Leadership and Compensation System $8 million for successful progression for early readers $5.2 million for STEM education […]

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    Coming to a TV Near You… Hillary Clinton

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    State Chair Calls Huckabee’s No Go ‘Low Blow,’ Huckabee Laughs: ‘Heckuva Punch’

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  • Hillary Clinton Explains Her Changing Position on Marriage

    DES MOINES, Iowa–Hillary Clinton, the former U.S. Secretary of State and current Democratic presidential candidate, said her age and experience were factors in her reluctance to embrace same-sex marriage during her first run for president and that the evolution of her beliefs is now part of her new stance on marriage during her second run for president. When asked why she didn’t back same-sex marriage in the 2008 campaign, as she does now during her 2016 campaign, Clinton told Channel […]

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    Hillary Clinton Addresses E-Mail Controversy

    DES MOINES, Iowa–For the Clinton haters hoping Hillary Clinton sent an e-mail as U.S. Secretary of State that will forever topple her presidential ambitions, you’re setting yourself up for disappointment, according to the candidate herself. Clinton told Channel 13 News Sunday,  “It`ll all be clear. It`ll all work its way out.  I just regret that it`s been confusing and, you know, somewhat concerning to people…because, there`s, as they say, no there, there.” Questions about Clinton’s use of a private e-mail system […]

  • Forget that “Jacka–” Comment, Dave Price Uses Pizza to Show How Donald Trump Can Win Slice of Iowa

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