Dion Cheney

Dion Cheney

Evening Anchor

Mankato, MN

A native of Oakland, California, Dion Cheney graduated from the California State University at Hayward in 1994. (Now CSU-East Bay). He graduated with a major in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Political Science.

Cheney joined KEYC News 12 in 1998, two weeks after the March 29th tornado outbreak. During the first year of his KEYC News 12 career, he worked behind the scenes; running cameras and audio during newscasts. After that, Cheney accepted a reporting position and even anchored the weekend and midday newscasts. In 2003 he moved into the main anchor position. Over a decade later, Cheney still anchors the 6pm and 10pm newscasts.

His work at KEYC News 12 has taken him all across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. His work has also taken him places like Jamaica and Kosovo. But Cheney says the best part of the job is right at the station. He treasures getting to work with people like Perry Dyke, Curt Crandall, Bob Conzemius, and countless others over the years.

Outside of work, he enjoys classical and jazz music, used book sales, reading, and defeating his coworkers in Jeopardy.

Hometown -- Oakland, CA.

-- What's your favorite part of your job?

I met Perry Dyke

-- What got you interested in the news?

Taking TV classes in Jr. College gave me the confidence to pursue a news career.

-- What's your favorite candy?

The old Whatchamacallit (pre-caramel)

-- What's one thing you can not live without?


-- Have you ever been told that you look like someone famous?

Mark Tarello

-- If you had access to a time machine, where and when would you go?

To see the Rat Pack live in Las Vegas.


  • California State University at Hayward (now CSU-East Bay)

Recent Articles by Dion

University of St. Thomas gives all clear after bomb threat

  Mankato man charged with rape now in custody

  Mayo Clinic Health System gets special delivery

  Minnesotans join trade rally in Washington

  Biofuel trade group honors Hagedorn

  Sen. Tina Smith weighs in on volatile ethanol economics

  Advocates criticize sale of at-home rape kits

  Gov. Walz fulfills campaign promise to son

Man accused of assaulting 3 strangers near Minnesota State University arrested, charged

  Gov. Tim Walz celebrates Military Appreciation Day at State Fair

  O’Rourke, white face ewe looking for another 1st Place finish

  8 people injured after tour busses collide near Minnesota State Fairground

  Day 1 at the Minnesota State Fair

  No serious injuries after rollover in Mankato

  1 charged in Mankato robbery, assault

  UPDATE: Adults face possible charges after 9-year-old crashes car into Chesley Skate Park

  Southern Minnesota Sheriff’s Departments experience 911 outage Tuesday

  Voters in Truman vote to abolish Public Utilities Commission

  Fairmont man gets 15 years probation for role in 2018 fatal crash

Opening ceremonies at Blue Earth County Relay for Life pushed back one hour

  Bancroft Police identify bodies found on Friday

  Winds scrub Friday skydive at Minnesota Air Spectacular

  UPDATE: Mankato police say suspects who damaged sign at Civic Center have been identified

  Tungland to be sentenced on Tuesday

  Martin County lifts slow-no-wake rule