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Dennis Anderson
 

Dennis AndersonDennis Anderson began his broadcast journalism career in 1961, while a senior in high school working part-time at radio station WHLB in Virginia, Minnesota.  After high school he worked full-time broadcasting the news while a full-time student at the former Virginia Junior College.

Seven years later he accepted a position as news director/news anchor at KTHI-TV, Channel 11, Fargo, North Dakota.  Then in 1969 he joined the news staff at WDIO-TV anchoring a news segment called Action Line, a program that helped viewers solve problems.  In 1970, he was named the station's chief anchor for the 6 and 10 pm newscasts.

Dennis wrote and reported thousands of stories over the years, and was the first journalist to break the story of the sinking of the ore carrier Edmund Fitzgerald in Lake Superior.

He was the plaintiff in a 1971 lawsuit against two Duluth police officers, after his camera was confiscated while filming a late night burglary in progress.  The suit was won in Federal District Court, and resulted in a landmark decision on prior-restraint, prohibiting police from interfering in the collection of news and public information.  He also played a role in the 1972 lawsuit WDIO News brought against the Duluth School Board prohibiting secret meetings.

Dennis covered three presidential visits to Duluth, including John F. Kennedy, Jimmy Carter, and most recently Bill Clinton.  He also anchored a live broadcast when presidential candidate, now President George W. Bush campaigned in Duluth.

Dennis has been invited to the White House and State Department on four occasions for day-long briefings with presidents and cabinet members.

While still working full-time, he returned to the classroom in 1978 to study for the ministry.  Four years later he was ordained as a member of the Catholic clergy, a permanent deacon currently assigned to St. Benedict's Church.

His newscasts have won numerous awards including an Edward R. Murrow award, and Emmy award and most recently three Eric Severeid awards for coverage of the Paul Wellstone plane crash.

For the past 29 years Dennis has been a licensed private pilot.  He's been a taxidermist since 1959.  He's an active fisherman, hunter, snowmobiler and model railroad enthusiast.  Somehow he manages to read four books a week, mostly biographies and world history.

He and his wife Judy have been married for 37 years, and have four children and ten grandchildren.

You can contact Dennis at danderson@wdio.com.