Ed Sardella

1999 Inductee

Ed Sardella has enjoyed a career in broadcasting spanning more than 30 years, the past 25 as a primary anchor at KUSA in Denver. He grew up in California, attended Occidental College in Los Angeles and graduated with a B.A. in 1962. After college, Ed spent four years in the Marine Corps as a communications officer. He left the service with the rank of Captain. Upon completion of his tour of duty, Ed worked at radio stations in Ashland, Tillamok and Eugene, Oregon before going into television at KVAL in 1969. In 1970 he moved to KOIN in Portland, where he worked in both news and sports. Ed moved to Colorado in 1972 as a news and sports reporter and anchor at KMGH. Ed joined KBTV (now KUSA) in 1974 and over the years became one of the top news anchors in the Denver market. He co-anchored 9News at 10 when the broadcast had achieved some of the highest audience level of any late newscast in the United States. Beyond his popularity as a news anchor, those who know Ed also know he is a first rate journalist, with a particular skill in the craft of broadcast news writing. Ed has written a guide for broadcast news writing and c0-written a book about producing television newscasts. He travels the country giving seminars on writing and has taught the subject as a visiting professor at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Ed’s numerous honors through the years include several Emmys from the Heartland Chapter. He was also named Broadcaster of the Year by the Colorado Broadcasters Association in 1997.