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

  Mount Kato announces plans to open two runs

  Engelbrecht found guilty on all 5 charges

  DNR enforces deer movement restrictions to stop spread of CWD

  Worthington School District asks public to vote on referendum

Man pinned between truck, bulldozer now in ‘good condition’

  Minn. authorities warn about dangers of alcohol vaping machines

  DNR removes bog near Waterville

  Artist making progress on Silo Art Project

  Walz, insulin affordability advocates call for immediate insulin legislation

  Sleepy Eye teens remember friend, brother

WATCH LIVE: President Trump takes stage in Minneapolis

  Mayo Clinic: Mix of toxic chemical fumes may be to blame for lung injuries caused by vaping

  Maple River students raise money, make sandwiches for homeless

  Trump’s Minneapolis rally on despite security costs dispute with mayor

  Minnesota State Mankato President Richard Davenport to be honored at Nebraska-Kearney

  Alzheimers Foundation of America extends weekend hours

  HIS Haven Horse Ranch to host fall event

  Brown County to host Emerald Ash Borer open house

  Hy-Vee releases data breach findings

Mankato Public Safety investigating bomb threat to 12 area businesses

  Sens. Smith, Cramer push for insulin bill

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