Left to right: Bruce DuMont, Gov. George Ryan, and ISS Historian Rod Ross.
Bruce DuMont -- Founder and President of the Museum of Broadcasting Communications
As host of Beyond the Beltway, Bruce DuMont is heard from coast to coast every Sunday night on more than 60 of America's major radio stations. The television version of the program which airs weekly in the Chicago area offers a thoroughly balanced analysis of national affairs. DuMont also anchors Illinois Lawmakers, a television series exploring the Illinois General Assembly, now in its 18th season on public television stations throughout Illinois. In addition to his work as a highly respected political analyst, DuMont is also an active civic leader. He is Founder and President of The Museum of Broadcast Communications, one of only two broadcast museums in the United States. The Museum includes America's only Radio Hall of Fame, which DuMont brought to Chicago in 1991. In 1999, DuMont was recognized for his significant contributions to Chicago television and was inducted into the coveted Silver Circle by the Chicago Chapter of The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. In 1994, he received a Lifetime Achievement Award from his alma mater, Columbia College/Chicago. In 1989, he was recognized by the Chicago Sun-Times as one of Chicago's most influential television leaders of the 1980s. DuMont serves on the National Advisory Board for Northwestern University's School of Speech and on the Executive Committee of the Harris School Council on Public Policy at the University of Chicago.