(EnviroNews Utah) – Salt Lake City – As a news anchor, Dick Nourse served the people of Utah longer than any other anchor in Utah history — 43 years, and as a matter of fact, Mr. Nourse educated his loyal audience night after night from behind the KSL news desk longer than any other anchor in U.S. history with the lone exception of Los Angeles’ Hal Fishman whose career spanned 47 years.
Nourse is a three time cancer survivor, and while he cannot definitively say that his cancers were as a result of Utah’s air, he said that he had a “gut feeling” about it.
Utah’s own “Walter Cronkite” was attending his very first protest in the role of participant after years of practicing journalistic neutrality and integrity.
“If you can see the air, if you can taste the air,” says Nourse, “chances are that damn air is bad.”
Leading the charge for the Clean Air, No Excuses Rally on Jan. 25, 2014, Nourse emceed the event alongside Dr. Brian Moench of the Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, where people rallied for tougher legislative action to combat the air pollution problems along the Wasatch Front.
“We can do something about this,” says Nourse. “This is an election year.”
Nourse joined KSL in 1964 and spent some time in Vietnam where he was admittedly exposed to Agent Orange. He has survived non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, prostate cancer and throat cancer.
“We should’ve had this conversation 20 years ago,” says Nourse.