by Vito Lucia, The Chicago Times
May 13, 2021
ST. CHARLES, IL – Legendary political reporter Dick Kay died Thursday at the age of 84. According to his family, Kay was found unresponsive at his home and died peacefully at Northwestern Medicine Delnor Hospital in Geneva.
Dick Kay was well known for his no-nonsense reporting and relentless quest for the truth in every story. A 38-year veteran of WMAQ, Kay started on scene at the 1968 Democratic Convention and worked his way to political editor. In 1984, Kay received the Peabody Award for investigating the Illinois legislature. Even in retirement, Kay would continue doing what he loved.
Raised in Dellrose, Tennessee, Kay would drop out of school at age 14 to support his family and at 16 joined the Navy; where he served honorably and received his high school equivalency. After leaving the service, Kay would graduate from Bradley University with a degree in speech education. True to form, Kay would work his way through college delivering mail.
Although reporter to the core, Kay also represented his fellow broadcasters as Chicago president of SAG-AFTRA where he fought for the right to end “no-compete” limits on broadcasters.
Kay is survived by his wife, three sons, and grandchildren. The family said a public memorial is planned for a future date.