Dick Florea had a thirty-five (35) year career at WKJG-TV, Ft. Wayne, where he served from 1966 until his retirement in 2001. Prior to those years, Dick worked at WMRI radio and WTAF-TV in Marion, Indiana. While at WKJG, Dick served as News Director and Anchorman, Public Affairs and Community Relations Director, and host of the daily interview show “Editor’s Desk.” He shared the broadcast desk with legendary Indiana sportscaster and station manager Hilliard Gates.
Dick’s impressive on-air following included a broad demographic of viewers who made a point of watching The News with Dick Florea daily. Fort Wayne regional viewers knew when they tuned in a Dick Florea newscast, the stories would be well-researched, and accurately reported, without spin. His delivery was low-key and straight forward, without a hint of pomposity. This mirrored his off-air demeanor of gracious humility.
His presence was familiar out in the community, as well as on-air, where he was (and is) heavily involved with civic organizations. He donated hundreds of hours to Habitat for Humanity, served nine years as president, and in retirement was named Director Emeritus of the Fort Wayne affiliate. He produced and hosted the community teacher recognition program called “Excellence in Education”. For 25 years he was the radio voice of the Marion Easter Pageant. He served as president of the Allen County-Ft. Wayne Historical Society; Historic Ft. Wayne, and Quest Club. In retirement he continues to provide leadership on several church and community boards.
Recognized and admired by broadcasters across the state, he is past president of the Indiana Broadcast Pioneers and the Associated Press Broadcasters of Indiana. He is a graduate of Purdue University, where he was regularly heard in the 1950’s on WBAA as a newscaster and classical music host.