Dick Nourse joined the KSL news team in 1964 as the station’s weekend anchor/reporter. Six months later, he was named the station’s weekday anchor. He concluded his 43-year career with his final newscast on November 28, 2007, a record term for a Utah television news anchor. Nourse’s longevity as an American news anchor comes second to that of the late Hal Fishman, whose career spanned 47 years.
Nourse began his broadcasting career in Grand Junction, Colorado, at radio stations KDTA and KREX. He attended Mesa College in Grand Junction and Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. Nourse moved to Salt Lake City in 1964 and applied at KUTV channel 2 and KCPX channel 4, but neither hired him. The next day, he applied across the street at KSL channel 5 and was hired.
In 1967, Nourse toured Vietnam for one month interviewing military personnel from Utah. In 1997 – 30 years later — he returned to renew acquaintances in that country and attempt to resolve some of his own unrest since the war.
Nourse has served such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists; Camp Kostopulos and the United Cerebral Palsy Foundation.
He has been honorary chairman of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and the American Cancer Society.
In 1989, Nourse was honored by U.S. President Ronald Reagan as an outstanding survivor of cancer.
Founded the Dick Nourse Center for Media Innovation at Dixie State College of Utah.