Denise grew up in San Francisco and attended Lowell High School. She graduated from Mills College, where she majored in Communications with a minor in Comparative Government.
In 1990, Denise took a position at Fox's KMPH in Fresno, California. Initially a general assignment reporter, Denise was appointed South Valley bureau chief and eventually became the main anchor of the station's nightly news. She joined ABC affiliate WXYZ in Detroit, Michigan as their health reporter in 1993. She was served as the weekend anchor, and hosted a weekly news program called "Healthy Living Live."
Since joining ABC7 Eyewitness News in 1998, Denise has also covered breaking news, including the February 2001 Seattle Earthquake, as well as an exclusive interview with the President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo regarding terrorist activities in the Philippines.
Denise has received numerous journalism and community service awards. She was the recipient of an Emmy for outstanding news feature reporting. She was awarded Best News Feature from the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, as well as the Outstanding Health Reporting award from the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Denise received the Profiles in Progress award from the American Cancer Society for a series on breast cancer.
The Filipino American Library, SIPA and various other notable Filipino American groups have also honored Denise for her commitment to community involvement.
ABC7 Broadcast Center
Attn: Denise Dador
500 Circle Seven Drive
Glendale, CA 91201