KCCI News Director Dave Busiek To Retire

The news leader of Hearst’s Des Moines CBS affiliate will step down at the end of 2018 after 39 years at the station, 29 as news director.

Dave Busiek, news director of Hearst Television’s CBS affiliate KCCI Des Moines, Iowa (DMA 68), 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 is only the third news director in the station’s history. During his tenure he has acted as mentor and adviser to hundreds of journalists, added additional newscasts and overseen KCCI’s transformation into a multiplatform news organization.

In addition to numerous awards earned by the news department during his career, Busiek has also been recognized by Broadcasting & 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-Television News Directors Association in the days following 9/11, and securing KCCI as a co-sponsor along with CBS News and the Des Moines Register of the 2015 Democratic Presidential Debate.

KCCI President-GM Brian Sather said: “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.”

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 graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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