Bruce Aune – KCRG-TV
Bruce Aune’s broadcasting career has taken him around the world, but it’s always maintained a strong base in the Midwest. It began in September 1966 at KLIZ Radio in his hometown, Brainerd, Minnesota. Bruce spent 2 years there doing everything from covering news to spinning records and emptying waste baskets.
Bruce continued in radio during college and then worked as a sports reporter for AFN-Europe in Frankfurt, Germany, while serving in the US Army. After his discharge in 1974, Bruce started graduate school but also needed a job. He found one at KEYC-TV in Mankato, Minnesota. He worked first as a news reporter and then as sports director. In 1979 he moved south to KIMT TV in Mason City, Iowa, spending several years as news director and evening anchor. He went on to anchor and report at WREX-TV in Rockford, Illinois, and WILX-TV in Lansing, Michigan.
In 1986, it was back to Iowa. Bruce planned to spend three quick years at KCRG TV and then move on to major market fame and riches. Instead, he’s now been anchoring the 5, 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts at TV9 for nearly 34 years, but with absolutely no regrets.
Why? It’s because of the day to day encounters he has with people in eastern Iowa, plus the many big local stories he’s covered. The long list includes the fatal shootings on the University of Iowa campus in November 1991, the devastating floods across the state in 1993 and again in Cedar Rapids and Iowa City in 2008. Even today, viewers still comment about his reassuring presence at the TV9 anchor desk.
Bruce loves politics, so Iowa is the place to be every four years for the presidential caucuses. Candidates come from everywhere, each ready for interviews. But once the caucuses are over, Bruce’s work continues. He traveled on the Clinton campaign bus tour from St. Louis to Minneapolis in 1992, and flew on Air Force One with President George H. W. Bush later that same year. In 2012, Bruce was one of four local journalists in the country who received White House invitations for individual interviews of President Barack Obama. He’s covered four presidential inaugurations in Washington DC plus the end of one president’s journey – the funeral for Ronald Reagan.
News assignments have sent him on several trips to China, Russia, and Japan, reporting on Iowa’s growing ties to areas in each of those countries. He is a regional Emmy winner for his extensive coverage of Iowa’s relationship with China’s Hebei Province.
Bruce’s work at TV9 has also earned him the prestigious Jack Shelley Award, the highest individual honor of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Bruce is a graduate of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, Minnesota, and he attended graduate school at what was then Mankato State University.
Bruce and his wife, Darcy, live outside Cedar Rapids with her children, Nicholas and Natalie. His daughter, Kirsten, has three children (Rachel, Michael, and Anthony) making him a proud grandpa.