Roger Cornish

2006 Inductee

Roger Cornish is currently the main news anchor at KWCH-TV in Wichita, Kansas. He started in the business in 1972 as a camera operator in KTVH in Hutchinson, moving to anchor/producer and, in 1980, making the move to KWCH. Roger not only anchors the evening newscasts, but also reports from the field whenever the story requires it. His peers speak of his ability to adlib and handle the chaos of breaking news, and his sense of humor and ability to think on his feet makes him a model for many – he has always been the “master of extended live coverage.” He is not a news reader, but involved in the stories; he loves writing and can take complicated facts and boil them down to a few sentences. His professionalism, reputation and integrity are bywords throughout the western two-thirds of the state; he provides leadership through example. KWCH has been named Station of the Year several times by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, and Roger has anchored coverage that has won regional and national Edward R. Murrow awards. He has a close connection with the community: bringing news to the East Side Rotary Club’s weekly lunch, logging hours of time for Goodwill Easter Seals, the Kansas Food Bank, and telethons to raise money after natural disasters. Every year he anchors from the Kansas State Fair, and takes time to meet and greet the crowds. Roger is a Kansas native, born and raised in Hutchinson, and is the recipient of numerous Kansas Association of Broadcasters Awards as well as awards from the RTNDA and Associated Press. He is married to his high school sweetheart, and they have a daughter attending Wichita State University and a son who is a Wichita police officer.