DEXTER GRONSETH – KELO-TV
Dexter’s interest in television began with a high school television production class over 40 years ago in Sioux Falls, SD, home of KELO-TV (also known as KELOLAND much to the dismay of regional competitors.) Starting in production plugging in commercials and running tapes during newscasts, Dexter quickly moved into news and served as Chief Photographer and then as Assignment Editor for the last 23 years.
During his time at KELO Dexter has seen it all, or more accurately, covered it all. From being on the inside the walls of prison riots, working undercover with federal, state and local law enforcement on one of the state’s largest drug busts, exposing a religious cult with multi-state ties which tore apart hundreds of influential families, countless weather-related storms, plane crashes to building collapses and prison executions.
Dexter strongly acknowledges what he has learned from others in the last 40+ years and believes in sharing his knowledge and experience with those on his team. Time spent mentoring and training reporters, photographers and on-air talent often means the loss of staff as they move on to larger markets but also the inspiration to those that choose to stay to dig deeper, work harder and further develop the team KELO has long been known for.
Colleagues and competitors alike credit Dexter with helping make KELO the powerhouse it is today. Dexter has had a major role in creating the KELO news brand recognized by colleagues across the nation which has also had generations of viewers tuning in each day to keep up to date with the latest news in KELOLAND.
Dexter’s belief that public access to the judicial system is critical in understanding how the system works and what public tax dollars pay for created a strong interest opening up courtroom hearings to the public. Dexter’s role as Media Coordinator with the South Dakota Supreme Court was instrumental in bringing about cameras in the state Supreme Court and later to state and local circuit and magistrate courts.
Dexter’s dedication to the industry has lead to numerous honors – Emmy’s, an Edward J. Murrow award, national and regional industry broadcast awards – all of which Dexter credits the team he works with in obtaining these honors.
Over the years Dexter has served the community in coaching basketball, softball and volleyball. He has been involved in his childrens’ school activities and is active in his church. Dexter serves on the board of the St. Francis House which serves the homeless community.