Dean Borg passed away this week at the age of 81. Borg was a broadcasting legend in the state of Iowa. He is best known for his work on the Iowa PBS program Iowa Press, a position he held for more than 40 years. During that period he interviewed every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama. Borg also spent 20 years as a correspondent with Iowa Public Radio.
However, his career was much broader than those two organizations. He grew up in Forest City, studied journalism at Iowa State University, served in the Air Force as a lieutenant colonel and was a reporter and news director at WMT radio and television in Cedar Rapids. In 1973, he became director of public information for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. He was a dedicated family man, a volunteer and beloved resident of Mount Vernon. Borg leaves behind 5 children, 4 sons and 1 daughter, 10 grand children and his wife Shelia.
Host Charity Nebbe speaks with several guests to remember the life of Dean Borg on this edition of Talk of Iowa.
Lindsey Borg, son of Dean Borg
Kay Henderson, news director, Radio Iowa
Andrew Batt, senior producer, Iowa PBS
Pat Blank, IPR All Things Considered host
Dennis Reese, IPR mid-day host
Michael Bugeja, distinguished professor at Iowa State University's Greenlee School of Journalism
Joe Jennison, Mount Vernon resident