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Ken Verdoia

Ken Verdoia

An honors graduate of San Jose State University in California, Ken Verdoia also studied at The University of Utah, the University of North Carolina, and Cambridge University in England. He has been the recipient of more than 100 regional, national, and international awards for journalistic and broadcast excellence. His dozens of public television documentaries have explored historic, social and political themes. Ken served in several capacities at Utah’s PBS affiliate KUED, during his career.

He has twice been named recipient of the National Sigma Delta Chi Award from the Society of Professional Journalists for outstanding achievement in documentary production. During his term of service with KUED, he was selected a Fellow of the American Political Science Association, serving for a year as a legislative analyst in the U.S. Congress.

In 1997, his record of exceptional service to the people of Utah was recognized with the Governor’s Award for outstanding career achievement by the Utah Humanities Council. In 2003, he was inducted into the Silver Circle by the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences for lifetime broadcast achievement. In 2007, he received the American Library Association’s Gordon Conable Award for the defense of freedom of information. His groundbreaking approach to political coverage was honored with the Governor’s Award for Public Service from the National Academy of Television Arts and Science, and has been used as a demonstration project by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to train other public broadcasters in exceptional public service.

His legacy includes regional Emmy Awards for excellence in documentary production, writing, public affairs, and investigative reporting. He has twice been honored by the National Society of Professional Journalists for producing the nation’s best television news documentaries. Among his many awards, he received the Governor’s Award for exceptional public service from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and was inducted into the academy’s prestigious Silver Circle for career achievement and service in broadcasting.

Verdoia’s contributions to KUED have helped make it a trusted and valued public television station, and have made him a prominent and respected figure in the community and public broadcasting. The former Director of Production leaves a body of long-form documentary and public affairs work, including the landmark series, Utah: The Struggle for Statehood, Shadow of Hope, Skull Valley, Joe Hill, and dozens of others, as well as the statewide election collaboration with public broadcasters, VoteUtah. After 35 years at KUED, 25 documentaries, and 29 regional Emmy Awards, Ken retired in 2017.