Dave Helling

Fall 2014

10-second sound bites, 300-word articles, 140-character Tweets. That’s how we digest today’s political headlines. Go behind the byline with Dole Fellow Dave Helling and his special guest speakers as they dissect the evolution of political journalism and share insight on the 2014 elections that only veteran political journalists can provide.

Dave Helling has been involved in radio, television, and print media since 1977. Currently, he is a multi-media reporter for The Kansas City Star, providing videos for web, as well as regular contributions to the print edition. He produced the “Truthwatch” series of stories, examining claims made in political advertising and is a longtime political and government reporter.

Helling came to Kansas City in 1984 as a reporter/anchor for WDAF-TV Kansas City and from 1999 to 2005 was a reporter/anchor for KCTV-5 Kansas City. In previous positions, he has been a reporter for the Washington, D.C. Bureau of KARD-TV Wichita, KHGI-TV Kearney, Neb., and KHAS Radio, Hastings, Neb. Born in Texas and raised in Overland Park, Kansas, Helling is a 1973 graduate of Shawnee Mission West High School and a 1977 graduate of Creighton University, Omaha. Awards include Freedom of the Press Award, ACLU; three Emmy nominations; and Silver medalist, New York Film Festival.

Discussion Group Topic
Behind the Byline: Political Journalists on the Midterm Election

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