Don Burgess retired in July 1998 after fourteen years at KUAT-TV, the last eight years as General manager of KUAT Radio and Television, now Arizona Public Media at the University of Arizona. Don graduated with a B.A. from the University of Nebraska and received a M.S. degree in Radio and Television from Syracuse University. Don’s first job in 1961 was a cameraman for commercial station WJRT in Flint, Michigan. Later that year he moved to the Auburn Studios of the Alabama ETV as Producer Director and then Production Manager. In 1964 he became Program Manager at KAET-TV at Arizona State University and Assistant Professor of Mass Communications. While at KAET Don served as Vice President, Phoenix Chapter National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. He worked for the WMVS-WMVT, Public TV stations in Milwaukee, WHYY in Philadelphia, and seven months as part of the transition team at NPR and in 1984 returned to Arizona in Tucson as KUAT Assistant General Manager and Director of Programming and Production. He was also Executive Producer for many of KUAT’s special program and series including “Halley’s Comet,” “Geronimo: The Final Campaign,” and several Rocky Mountain Emmy Awards including “The Desert by Design” and “The Desert Speaks-The Colorado River.” Don brought “The Desert Speaks” to KUAT. Over the years Don served on a number of Public Broadcasting committees and boards.
He was inducted into the Silver Circle in the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter in 1998.