Veteran newsman David Dick has died at the age of 80, at his Bourbon County home. His most famous reporting came covering the Jonestown Massacre as a CBS news correspondent. During his 19 years at the network, he received an Emmy for his 1972 coverage of a George Wallace assassination attempt. Though born in Cincinnati, he spent most of his life in Kentucky.
He retired from CBS in 1985, and was named Associate Professor of Journalism at the University of Kentucky. The late Charles Kuralt said, “Readers can be happy that this good man has found his peace and has taken time to pass some of it along.”
The Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame inducted the Emmy-winning journalist in 1987. He was also appointed Director of the School of Journalism in 1987, a position he held until 1993. In 2000, he was inducted into the Hall of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Kentucky.
He is also the author of The View from Plum Lick and Outhouse Blues. He wrote A Journal for Lalie: Living Through Prostate Cancer, chronicling his battle with the disease.
Visitation for David Dick will be held from 3 to 8 p.m. Sunday at the Hinton-Turner Funeral Home at 526 Pleasant Street in Paris. His funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Monday at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Paris.
KET will rebroadcast two programs from recent archives featuring interviews with David Dick.
On Sunday, KET2 will air the 2003 Kentucky Life episode featuring the newsman at 7:30/6:30 pm CT on KET2.
At 11/10 pm CT on KET, One to One with Bill Goodman features a 2007 interview with Dick, talking about A Journal for Lalie: Living Through Prostate Cancer