MADISON (WKOW) — Journalist, editor, professor, public relations professional and circus advocate Blake Kellogg has died. An obituary from Cress Funeral Service says the Brookings, South Dakota native passed away October 3rd in Madison. He would have been 88 next month.
Mr. Kellogg has been called a consummate newsman — serving not only as an editor for newspapers in South Dakota, Nebraska and Minnesota, but also as a television news journalist and as a communications professor at UW – Madison for over 20 years.
He worked at WKOW 27 News from 1960 to 1969 as a news director and as an anchor. While at WKOW, he also co-hosted the program “In Town Today” for four years.
Mr. Kellogg’s comments in the station’s “Celebration of 50 Years of Broadcasting, 1953 to 2002” publication offer his insights on Madison coming of age in the 1960s. He covered many of the pivotal events of the time, including the Dow riots and the Sterling Hall bombing, and provided archived film footage to the Wisconsin State Historical Society.
He explained his passion to document history in an interview with 27 News in 2004.
“I was afraid that the film would be destroyed, so I took 353 thousand feet of 16 millimeter news film and gave it to the state historical society,” Kellogg said. “That started their core archive that they have and since that time they now have acquired six million feet of 16 mm news film.”
In 1969, he took over as news director at KWWL in Waterloo, Iowa and returned to Madison in 1971 to serve as press secretary to Governor Patrick J. Lucey.
His obituary on the funeral service’s web page also notes his time as a professor at the UW Extension: