Dean Borg Inducted into Gold Circle Honor Society by National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences

Posted: August 22, 2017

Former Iowa Press host Dean Borg will be inducted into the 2017 Gold Circle Honor Society by the National Academy of Television Arts and Science (NATAS) at the Upper Midwest Regional Emmy® Gala on October 7 in Bloomington, MN. The Gold Circle is a society of honor; it is recognition of eligible individuals who have made a significant contribution to television well above and beyond that required by their job. Recipients answer to the highest standards of integrity and honor in all aspects of their personal and professional lives.

Borg graduated from Iowa State University as the “Outstanding Broadcast Journalist” in 1959, and later earned a Masters of Public Administration degree from the University of Iowa. He began his career at the WMT Stations in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, eventually directing a staff of 34 news, weather, sports and farm journalists.

Borg appeared on Iowa Public Television’s inaugural Iowa Press broadcast in 1971 and until January 2017, hosted the statewide program that sets the standard for public affairs broadcasting in Iowa. He has the distinction of having interviewed every president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama, and has moderated several nationally telecast presidential candidate debates during the Iowa Caucus campaigns.

In addition, Borg’s career includes reporting from the scene of school integration in Little Rock, AR, during the 1950s, and the Midwest farm economic struggles of the 1960s. He produced news and public affairs coverage from South Vietnam and Southeast Asia as well as Paris and other European cities. He also produced news and health programming for The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, and hosted nationwide television public affairs programs on military affairs topics for NBC. He currently reports for Iowa Public Radio with his work often carried nationally by PBS, NPR and other broadcast networks.

The Iowa Broadcast News Association honored Dean with the prestigious Jack Shelley Award and he also holds the Mitchell V. Charnley Award from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association. Iowa State University honored him with its Distinguished Alumni Citation, the highest award given by ISU to an alumnus, and its journalism school bestowed its highest honor, the Schwartz Award for outstanding achievement in journalism.

Dean’s family includes his wife, Sheila, four sons — Randy, Barton, Lindsey and Matthew — and one daughter, Kierstyn.