Wisconsin Broadcasters Association

A Madison man is being remembered for his dedication to the news business.

Blake Reid Kellogg died Wednesday at the age of 87. He grew up in South Dakota, served in the military and completed a degree in journalism. He served as the editor of newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Minnesota.

Kellogg was news director and anchor at WKOW-TV in Madison for nine years beginning in 1960. He was also co-host of “In Town Today” for four of his years with WKOW.

Kellogg covered many of the critical events of the 1960s and archived hundreds of thousands of feet of film with the Wisconsin State Historical Society, according to his obituary.

In 1969, Kellogg was named news director at KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa. He returned to Madison in 1971 to serve as press secretary to Governor Patrick J. Lucey. 

Kellogg was a professor of communications at UW-Madison Extension for 21 years, retiring in 1995. He developed and taught courses on newsletter editing and design to more than 10,000 editors and led his department into the computer age. He was a frequent consultant to weekly newspapers throughout Wisconsin. His was awarded the Wisconsin Newspaper Association’s (WNA) red jacket. 

A celebration of life reception will be held on Friday, Oct. 19 from 5-7 p.m. at the Goodman Community Center Brassworks Facility, 214 Waubesa St. There will be a brief reflection at 6 p.m.

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