Dalia Dangerfield is an award-winning journalist who has been working at Spectrum Bay News 9 since 2005. Hired to work on special projects, she helped launch the weekly news program Political Connections. Dalia later became one of the lead election reporters for the station. She covered the Mitt Romney campaign in 2012. She traveled to Philadelphia to cover the nomination of Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention. Dalia followed former President Donald Trump’s election campaigns in 2016 and 2020. She has also been the lead reporter for several mayoral campaigns in the City of Tampa.
Besides politics, Dalia spends a lot of time in the community, working on issues that impact residents in the city of Tampa. She truly believes everyone has a story and she loves to make sure those stories are told in an engaging and accurate way.
While working at Bay News 9, Dalia has been recognized with several awards from the National Association of Black Journalists, the Tampa Bay Association of Black Journalists, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists. She has also received Emmy nominations for her work delving into the history of African Americans in Tampa.
Dalia was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago. As a child, she always loved writing and asking questions so it was only natural that she’d be attracted to journalism. She earned a Master of Science degree in Journalism from Columbia University in New York City. She also earned a Bachelor of Arts in Broadcast Journalism and a Bachelor of Science in International Relations from the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
Before making Tampa her home, Dalia worked at WISE-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana, WLFI-TV in Lafayette, Indiana, and WJAR-TV in Providence, Rhode Island. She got her start in print, writing for the Chicago Defender Newspaper.
When Dalia is not working on news stories, she is teaching future journalists as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Tampa. She also enjoys hanging with the scouts. Dalia is a Girl Scout Troop leader and the Fundraising Chair for Boy Scout Troop 68 in Odessa. She is married with three beautiful children who attend Hillsborough County Public Schools and continue to amaze her every single day.