Dick Helton has been at the heart of the KNX political coverage since he walked in the door more than a dozen years ago. Both of his parents were elected public officials so his interest in politics began at an early age. He attended his first political convention when he was barely old enough to sit on the lap of his father who was a delegate.
Now, as the Senior Political Correspondent for KNX, and a member of the Morning Show team, Dick’s reporting and observations of politics at all levels gets the ear of both the audience and politicians.
During his lengthy career with CBS Radio, beginning in Chicago, Dick has received numerous local, regional and national awards. His political commentary on KNX was recently recognized with a Golden Mike award. For nearly ten years, his afternoon show at WBBM in Chicago received more accolades and awards than any other news program in the state.
In addition, he hosted monthly programs with the Governor of Illinois and the Mayor of Chicago, fielding listener calls along with his own “tough” questions. Even though he has interviewed Presidents and foreign heads of State, movie stars and the “rich and famous”, he will tell you that his most memorable interview was with Frank Goldsmith who, at the age of 9 on April 15th, 1912, was clinging to his mother in a lifeboat in the North Atlantic watching the Titanic sink in the distance.
He also knows the dangerous side of reporting, having been shot at, held hostage, and called behind the walls of Illinois’ maximum security prison by rioting prisoners who sought his help in negotiating a truce with the State Police.
At an event, a few years ago, honoring broadcasters from throughout the United States, Dick was introduced as one of the “pioneers” of all-news radio. It was a recognition in which he takes considerable pride.
Dick’s wife Carol is also a broadcast journalist. They share their LA area home with a very spoiled cat, Rickie.
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