Bruce DuMont

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Bruce DuMont
Birth name Bruce DuMont
Born (1944-06-18) June 18, 1944 (age 70)
New London, Connecticut
Show Beyond the Beltway
Inside Politics

Bruce DuMont (born June 18, 1944, New London, Connecticut) is an American political analyst and broadcaster based in Chicago, Illinois.[1] He is the host of Beyond the Beltway talk radio, a show that airs on over 30 stations around the United States. The program which began in 1980 (as Inside Politics) also airs on Chicago's Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) Public television station, WYCC. From 1987 to 2006 he was the host of Illinois Lawmakers, a television show covering legislative news that originated from the Illinois State Capitol in Springfield, Illinois when the Illinois General Assembly is in session. Beyond the Beltway celebrated 30 years on the air in June 2010.[2] In October 2010, DuMont recycled Inside Politics; bringing back the original format and using the title now to refer to the television version of Beyond the Beltway.[3]

DuMont got his start in broadcasting as a radio show producer for WGN Radio in 1968. He interrupted his broadcasting career with an unsuccessful run for the Illinois state legislature, returning to WGN as a producer, but this time for Howard Miller, who was a controversial local radio personality.[2][4][5] DuMont had his first on-air position with WLTD Radio in Evanston, Illinois, which was a 1,000 watt AM station at the time. It was here where he became nationally known for his investigative reporting.[2]

DuMont returned to producing, but now in television. Working on a documentary about teenage suicides for WBBM-TV earned him an Iris Award from the National Association of Television Programming. Another documentary, this one about censorship in public libraries, earned him the Golden Gavel Award from the American Bar Association.[2] He then went to work as a producer for the local PBS television station, WTTW. His on-camera work began here as the anchor for the Republican and Democratic party conventions in 1984.[2]

DuMont is the founder and president of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which he began in 1982. The museum opened in June 1987 at 800 S. Wells St. and relocated to the Chicago Cultural Center on Michigan Ave. five years later.[6][7] In June 2010, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn stated that Illinois would be giving a $6 million capital grant to help complete the museum.[8] The new 62,000-square-foot Museum includes expanded areas for collection development, two exhibit galleries and working radio and television studios.[9]

The museum reopened in the new building on June 13, 2012.[10][11] Attending the opening ceremony were actors John Mahoney and Betty White, along with newscaster Hugh Downs.

DuMont is the nephew of Allen B. DuMont, founder of the DuMont Television Network, the first commercial television network.[12]


  1. ^ Lavin, Cheryl (19 September 1999). "Bruce Dumont". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e Sweet, Lynn (15 June 2010). ""Beyond the Beltway" with Bruce DuMont marks 30 years on Monday". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  3. ^ Feder, Robert (4 October 2010). "Bruce DuMont revives 'Inside Politics' as TV talk show". WBEZ Radio. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "Howard Miller". WMMB, Melbourne, FL. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Howard Power". Time Magazine. 31 January 1969. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  6. ^ "About Us". Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  7. ^ "Board of Directors". Museum of Broadcast Communications. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  8. ^ "Illinois Governor Confirms $6 Million Capital Grant for Broadcast Museum". The Museum of Broadcast Communications. June 22, 2010. Retrieved 2010-08-21. 
  9. ^ Museum of Broadcast Communications
  10. ^ "Museum of B'cast Communications opens new facility—with Betty White headlining". in3media. Retrieved 18 April 2012. 
  11. ^ "Broadcast Blitz". Chicago Sun-Times. June 15, 2012. Retrieved June 27, 2012. 
  12. ^ Weinstein, David (2004). The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television, p. 16. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 1-59213-499-8.

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