After 29 years as news director, Dave Busiek will retire from Des Moines television station KCCI at the end of 2018, according to a news release.
Before 1990, Busiek was a reporter and anchor at KCCI. He became the third news director in the station’s history.
“I feel so fortunate to have had such a long career at one station,” Busiek said in the news release. “Thirty-nine years at the station, with 29 of those as news director, is pretty rare in a competitive field like TV news. The only reason that could happen is because of the talented journalists at KCCI, and the support of our owners Hearst Television, and the other managers at KCCI.”
The news release cited career highlights for Busiek of testifying in front of a U.S. Senate subcommittee on opening federal courtrooms to television cameras, leading the Radio and Television News Directors Association in the days following the Sept. 11 attacks, and securing KCCI as a co-sponsor along with CBS News and the Des Moines Register of a 2015 Democratic presidential debate.
“Dave has built and continues to build award-winning teams of journalists who break news every week, excel at uncovering truth, and holding the powerful accountable in central Iowa,” said Brian Sather, KCCI president and general manager, in the news release. “His integrity and leadership continue to be an example for us all.”
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