As host of Kentucky Life, Dave Shuffett knows he has one of the best jobs in Kentucky—and he loves doing it. "There's no better state than Kentucky to produce a show like ours," Dave says. "We've got the history, the crafts, the great people and places—and we likely won't ever run out of stories to tell."
A native of Greensburg in Green County, Dave graduated from Murray State University in 1982 with a degree in communications. From 1989 to 1995, he served as both host and producer of Kentucky Afield. In 1994 Dave was named Kentucky Conservation Communicator of the Year by the League of Kentucky Sportsmen and the Kentucky Wildlife Federation. In 1995 he went on to pursue his own television series and production company. The resulting series, Outdoors with Dave Shuffett, was syndicated nationally.
Dave joined Kentucky Life in the summer of 1999 for the series' sixth season, replacing former host Byron Crawford. Since then he has received nine Emmy nominations for on-camera performance and producing. Dave is always accompanied by his canine co-host Toby, a golden retriever. "Toby does just about anything we ask of him—move over here, stay there, lay down here, whatever," Dave says. Sadie, a mostly black border collie adopted from an animal shelter, traveled with Dave for thousands of miles on the show, until she died at age 15. Charlie, another golden retriever, was also co-host for several seasons. "I'm the luckiest fellow," Dave says. "I get to travel all over Kentucky with my dogs learning interesting things." Dave lives in rural Anderson County. He has two children, Miranda and Will.