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Reynolds offers condolences on death of Dean Borg, ‘a real icon’

By: - March 23, 2020 4:19 pm

Dean Borg, longtime host of “Iowa Press,” died Sunday. He’s shown here at his retirement party from Iowa Public Television in 2016. (Photo by Kathie Obradovich/Iowa Caiptal Dispatch)

Gov. Kim Reynolds offered her condolences Monday to the family of longtime Iowa journalist Dean Borg, who died Sunday in Iowa City of complications of pancreatic cancer.

Reynolds called Borg, who had worked at Iowa Public Radio and Iowa Public Television, “a real icon.” Borg hosted “Iowa Press” on Iowa Public Television from its first broadcast in 1971 until he retired in 2016.

“He brought the curiosity and fairness of an inquiring journalist and an unwavering pride in his state and his Forest City roots,” Reynolds said at the start of a news conference. “He helped keep Iowans informed about their government and its leaders. He will be missed and Kevin and I extend our heartfelt condolences to his family.”

Iowa PBS General Manager and Executive Director Molly Phillips said in a statement on Iowa PBS’s website that Borg’s “experience, intelligence, tenacity and, most of all, integrity was what made him such a unique and invaluable journalist and friend. Whether it was a Statehouse issue, a presidential candidate interview or a gubernatorial debate, Dean always brought his best to each broadcast.”

Borg, 81, earned a journalism degree from Iowa State University and a master’s in public administration from the University of Iowa. He and his wife, Sheila, have four sons — Randy, Barton, Lindsey and Matthew — and a daughter, Kierstyn.

The family will hold private funeral services due to coronavirus pandemic precautions, Iowa PBS reported, but a memorial service may be scheduled later in the year. Memorial contributions may be given to the Mount Vernon Schools Foundation to help to fund an annual scholarship for a high school graduate or to Iowa PBS Foundation, which will help fund an annual internship for a college student pursuing a degree in journalism.

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