Dennis Riggs began his broadcasting career in 1965 at the age of 15 in his native St. Joseph, Missouri. He worked as an editor, photographer and newscaster at KQTV St. Joseph. Dennis paid his way through college by working at KQTV and KMOU-TV Columbia. He came to KMOX-TV on January 1, 1973 from the University of Missouri School of Journalism as part of his Master’s degree program. Beginning as an intern, he worked at KMOX-TV for nearly 14 years serving as a writer, editor, general assignment reporter, anchor and special projects reporter. For three years, Dennis served as senior producer of local programs, originator and host of the news/public affairs broadcast “Highway 40” and magazine editor at KETC. Dennis was a reporter and weekend anchor at KTVI for four years.
Dennis’ career has taken him to virtually every state in the Union, Europe, Africa, and Asia. Among many accomplishments, he was the first journalist to work a complete day of local reporting without a backup film crew in the then groundbreaking Electronic News Gathering (ENG) technology. He used the technology to become the first reporter, network or local, to broadcast live from the middle of a White House trip, in the Mississippi river on the Delta Queen riverboat with President Jimmy Carter. Dennis was the first broadcast journalist to report in depth on The Covenant, The Sword and The Arm of the Lord, and America’s Neo-Nazi domestic terrorist movement, which spawned The Order, Timothy McVeigh, etc. Dennis scooped the world press with the first interview with an American hostage returning from 444 days of Iranian captivity. He repeated the feat just months later with a world exclusive interview with Dr. Arthur Toga a hostage in the TWA 847 crisis. Today, he helps area colleges and universities develop future generations of media professionals.