Dan Lea - News Director
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Dan Lea has been news director for the Maverick Media family of radio stations in Eau Claire since 2005, but his history with the station goes back more than 20 years. He first began working for WAYY as a weekend air personality 1988. Dan left the station a couple of times to try other things, working as a talk show host and air personality on WFHR-AM and WGLX-FM in Wisconsin Rapids in the mid 1990's, and spending a couple of years as a computer programmer. Here at Maverick, Dan also served as morning news anchor on sister stations WIAL, WECL, and WEAQ, and morning host/operations manager of WECL- 92.9 FM, before becoming news director for the group. Awards include the Wisconsin Broadcasters' Association's "Best Hard News/Investigative Reporting," "Best Newscast," and "Best Spot News.".
Dan is a 1986 Chippewa Falls High School Graduate and studied journalism at U.W. Eau Claire and U.W. River Falls. He lives in his hometown of Chippewa Falls with his wife, Jacey, whom he met at WAYY when she was a morning talk show producer. They have two daughters, Alissa and Randi. Dan & Jacey can often be seen performing original music together, and Dan finds time to appear in a local theatrical production now and then.