Sad Farewell

One of Austin’s best-known television news anchors dies after brief illness

One of Austin’s best-known news anchors dies after brief illness

Dick Ellis
Dick Ellis anchored KVUE in the 1980s and '90s. KVUE News/YouTube

KVUE — One of Austin’s best-known television news anchors and reporters died May 22 after a brief illness.

Dick Ellis, who anchored KVUE’s newscasts throughout the 1980s and early 1990s, had recently returned to KVUE to work on a series of special news reports about unsolved crime cases in the Austin-area.

Ellis was born in Laredo, Texas, in 1949 and began his broadcast career at his hometown radio station. He graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, and during the 1970s, he worked for KTBC Radio and served as a city hall reporter and news anchor for KTBC-TV, FOX 7.

During his tenure at KVUE, Ellis was front and center of some of the most important news stories of the day, including the 1991 murders of four girls at a North Austin yogurt shop and the national political conventions in 1984 and 1988. He also served as the chief anchor for KVUE’s election coverage during his time there.

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To read the full story and see videos of Ellis' storied career, head to KVUE.