Dion Cheney

Dion Cheney

Evening Anchor

A native of Oakland, California, Dion Cheney graduated from 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 in 1998, two weeks after the March 29th tornado outbreak. During the first year of his KEYC 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 6 p.m. and 10 p.m. newscasts.

His work at KEYC 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 junior college gave me the confidence to pursue a career in news.

• 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

  Princess Kay of the Milky Way crowned

  Nobles County judge appointed to Minnesota Supreme Court

  Canterbury Park eyes June 10th start without spectators

  Hog surplus swamps local butchers

  Kiwanis Thunder of Drums canceled due to COVID-19 concerns

  COVID-19 complicates 2020 census count

  Gov. Tim Walz cancels 2020 Governor’s Fishing Opener

  Fairmont woman charged with DWI after falsely reporting children fell through ice

  Mankato Clinic closes drive-thru screening, opens respiratory clinic

  Pick of the Litter: Westbrook

  Pick of the Litter: Thor

  Minnesota DNR sends special message to Officer Arik Matson

  Rep. Jim Hagedorn reacts to State of the Union address

  Construction planned for new recycling center in Waseca

Waseca Police Officer Arik Matson out of intensive care

  Pick of the Litter: Duchess

Faribault Police seeking suspect involved with robbery

Owatonna native found unresponsive, dies following National Guard training exercise

  Suspect charged with attempted first degree murder in Waseca officer-involved shooting

Bloomberg to make stop in Wells on Wednesday

Two people killed in Watonwan County crash

Spirit Lake man killed in semi vs. minivan crash in Clay County

  Authorities searching for patient who escaped from Minnesota Security Hospital

  DNR reminds riders of safety as snowmobile fatalities are on the rise

  Two charged in St. Cloud shooting that leaves woman seriously injured

  Former State Representative enjoying life, will not run for old seat

  Unemployment, jobs on the rise in Minnesota’s latest jobs report

  Governor Walz announces Minnesota Winter Homeless Initiative

  Governor Walz announces Minnesota Winter Homeless Initiative

  Minnesota State Christmas tree cut from state forest in Pine County