Former Iowa State journalism professor, voice of TV and radio Jack Shelley dies at 98

ISU journalism professor emeritus John D. “Jack” Shelley, known as the “Voice of Iowa,” died Wednesday.

Shelley was a staple in Iowa homes, famous for his work in radio and television broadcasting with WHO from the 1930s to the 1960s, where he anchored the 6 and 10 p.m. newscasts.

In his time in broadcast, Shelley famously served as a World War II combat reporter. Covering events such as the Battle of the Bulge and first interviewing the crews that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, all while relating his coverage back to Iowans.

Along with his work in Iowa media, Shelley was also an iconic figure of Iowa State’s journalism department, where he worked from 1965 to 1982, having obtained the status of professor emeritus. While teaching, Shelley taught some prominent journalists in the field, including Kevin Cooney, KCCI; Jerry Bowen, CBS Evening News; and Terry Anderson, the Associated Press.

Read Shelley’s complete obituary here.