KCCI News Director Dave Busiek has announced his retirement effective at the end of 2018. Before becoming news director in 1990, Busiek was a reporter and anchored KCCI 8 News at Ten.
Busiek has had an extraordinary impact on KCCI and central Iowa viewers. He is only the third news director in station history and has continued to lead and grow the station as one of the most respected local news organizations in the country. During his tenure he has acted as mentor and adviser to hundreds of journalists, added additional newscasts, and overseen KCCI’s transformation into a dominant multiplatform news organization.
In addition to numerous awards earned by the news department during his career, Busiek has also been recognized by Broadcasting and Cable as News Director of the Year, has been recognized by the Midwest Television Academy of Arts and Sciences with the Silver Circle Award, was recently inducted into the Iowa Broadcasters Hall of Fame and is a Jack Shelley Award Winner from the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Busiek’s career has been filled with highlights. Among them are 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 Sept. 11, 2001, and securing KCCI as a co-sponsor, along with CBS News and the Des Moines Register, of the 2015 Democratic Presidential Debate.
KCCI President and General Manager Brian Sather noted, “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. His integrity and leadership continue to be an example for us all.”
Dave Busiek said, “I feel so fortunate to have had such a long career at one station. 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.”
Busiek is a proud alum of the University of Missouri School of Journalism. He is married to Laura Sands and they have three grown children. He enjoys tennis and cheering on his hometown St. Louis Cardinals.