Bob Steel is a native Arkansan who has spent over thirty years in radio and television in his beloved state working in various capacities. He’s also a skilled advertising executive who served two Arkansas agencies as a media consultant.
After retiring from his job as news director Steel decided he needed to do something to give back to his hometown. He recently accepted a position as Tourism Development Manager for the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Steel spent most of his career as a broadcast journalist and television news director. A string of regional EMMY’s and number 1 ratings has followed Steel everywhere he served as a television news director. KATV, Channel 7, the ABC affiliate in Little Rock, was the top-rated station for news in central Arkansas during his entire 7-year tenure and remains one of the highest rated ABC affiliates in the country. The KATV news department captured 11 regional Emmys under Steel’s direction and won numerous AP awards for excellence. Steel was elected by his peers to serve on the ABC News Advisory Board, Southwest Region.
Steel served 8 years as news director of KARK-TV in Little Rock, the NBC affiliate in Little Rock. His newsroom staff captured three Emmys and the prestigious George Foster Peabody Award. KARK was the number 1 rated news station in Little Rock for six of the eight years Steel was its leader.
In July of 2018, Steel was inducted into the prestigious Silver Circle of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) Mid-America chapter for his contributions to television news in Arkansas.
During his career, Steel has been a radio announcer, television reporter, sports anchor, producer, assignment editor, executive producer, account executive, assistant news director and news director. He is a native of Little Rock and a veteran of the United States Air Force where he served four years as an audio-visual specialist attaining the rank of Staff Sergeant.
Steel currently serves on the executive board of the Boy Scouts of America, Quapaw Area Council and has previously served on the boards of The First Tee of Central Arkansas and Big Brothers, Big Sisters.
Steel attended the University of Central Arkansas in Conway where he majored in journalism. He and his wife, Sherry, make their home in North Little Rock. The couple has three children and one grandchild.