Dean Borg, journalist and former hospital director of public information, dies at 81

Eldean (Dean) Borg, the former longtime director of the Department of Public Information at University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics, died March 22.

Borg joined UI Hospitals & Clinics in 1973. He oversaw news and public information services at the hospital before retiring from the university in 2010.

Among his many accomplishments, Borg established Noon News as a printed daily news sheet for hospital staff in the 1970s.

UI Health Care employees who worked with Borg will remember his tenacity, integrity, and his dedication to serving UI Hospitals & Clinics and the entire university community.

He also worked for Iowa Public Television (now Iowa PBS), serving as host and moderator of “Iowa Press,” the weekly public affairs program, from its inaugural broadcast in 1971 until 2017. Since 2000, he also was a contributing journalist for Iowa Public Radio.

Borg’s broadcast news career began at WOI radio as an Iowa State University student. Later in Cedar Rapids, he led the radio and television news staff for the WMT stations. His journalistic experiences included daily coverage of the Iowa General Assembly, news and documentary reports from South Vietnam and the Paris Peace Accords, nationally televised presidential candidate debates during the Iowa caucuses, and interviews with every U.S. president from John F. Kennedy to Barack Obama.

A Forest City, Iowa, native, he studied journalism at Iowa State and later earned a master’s degree in public administration at Iowa. ISU honored Borg with its Distinguished Achievement Citation, the highest award given to its alumni. Borg also received lifetime achievement awards from the Iowa Broadcast News Association and the Northwest Broadcast News Association.

Read Borg’s obituary for details on his life and career. Sincerest condolences go out to Borg’s family and friends.

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