Assistant news director, KAKE-TV
Dave Grant (j'83) was fortunate enough to land a job just one week after graduating from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of Kansas. He has spent his entire career covering news across Kansas.
His career began at KAYS, then a combination radio/TV station in Hays. It proved to be an ideal place to learn through hands-on experience. Those experiences included anchoring, reporting and producing news for television and radio, as well as doing play-by-play for Fort Hays State’s national champion basketball team.
The next stop on Grant’s Sunflower State tour took him to KWCH in Wichita. He spent several years as a reporter before being named producer of the 10 p.m. news. The top-rated news program earned him best newscast awards from the Associated Press, UPI and Kansas Association of Broadcasters.
In 1995, a move to upper management led to a move across Wichita to KAKE-TV. Grant has worked as executive producer, assistant news director and news director, winning five regional Emmys for news coverage. He led coverage of the search and capture of the serial killer BTK, The 2007 Greensburg tornado and the murder of Wichita abortion provider Dr. George Tiller.
Away from the newsroom, Grant has served as a YMCA board member, a scout leader and a member of the state’s Amber Alert task force. With one son swimming in college and another swimming in high school, you can usually find him at the pool, working as a USA Swimming referee.
During his years at KU, Grant worked as sports director at KJHK. He answered to the station’s program director, Rachael Pirner. Grant says not much has changed since college. The two married in 1990.