Dennis Anderson began his broadcasting career in radio while still in high school in 1961. In 1967 he took his first television news job. Anderson retired this past spring from WDIO-TV in Duluth, Minnesota.
Dennis began in television as a Saturday evening news anchor at WDIO-TV in Duluth in 1967. In 1968 he became news director and news anchor at KTHI-TV in Fargo, North Dakota. In 1969 he returned to WDIO-TV. He eventually became anchor of the evening newscasts and news director.
In 1980 he left WDIO-TV to become past-owner of a mortuary, but he remained active in broadcasting with Duluth public television station WDSE. His work there included hosting a public affairs program and co-producing and co-writing a documentary on the history of Iron Range mining. In 1985 he returned to the WDIO-TV anchor desk where he has remained for 25 years.
His broadcast career has included breaking the story of the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. He has anchored coverage of most of the major stories of Northeastern Minnesota including the murders at the Glensheen Mansion, the commuter plane crash in Hibbing that killed 18 people, the plane crash that killed Senator Paul Wellstone, and visits from Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush. He has interviewed Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, Jeno Paulucci, George Wallace and many others.
Dennis found himself in the middle of a landmark First Amendment fight in 1972. He and WDIO-TV brought a lawsuit against two Duluth police officers after they confiscated his film camera during a late night burglary. A federal judge ruled in Dennis’s favor saying it was prior restraint on the past of the police. The case received national attention and was the cover story on TV Guide.
Dennis is also a man of many interests and has been active in the community throughout his career. In 1982 Dennis was ordained in the ministry as a deacon for the Diocese of Duluth. He has been active in ministry in jail and in nursing homes, and with those coping with grief. He was a volunteer instructor during the early years of Duluth’s first hospice program.
Dennis is past president of the Arrowhead Civic Club. He served on the executive board of the Duluth Kiwanis Club and has helped host the club’s annual TV auction since 1970.
He has served on the advisory board of the Duluth Chapter of the March of Dimes, and following a heart attack and by-pass surgery in 1997, he served on the board of the American Heart Association.
In 2003 Dennis received the Chancellor’s Award from the University of Minnesota Duluth.
In 2005 Dennis published a book about his life and journalism. It is titled, “Good Night
Everybody….and Be Kind.” The title comes from his signature sign-off as he ends each newscast.
As an anchor, Dennis’s newscasts have won many honors, including two regional Emmy’s, an Edward R. Murrow award, three Eric Sevareid Awards and a Minnesota Associated Press Award.