Valley journalism icons Kent Dana, Jerry Foster to speak at Paradise Valley speakers series on March 22


Valley television broadcast veteran Kent Dana and Arizona’s first news pilot and reporter Jerry Foster will speak about their legendary and memorable careers in journalism as part of the Beth Ami Temple Speakers Series on Sunday, March 22.

The event will take place 3-5 p.m. at Beth Ami Temple, 3535 E. Lincoln Dr. in Paradise Valley.

Both reporters were familiar figures as on-air staples in broadcast journalism for decades, according to a press release.

Mr. Dana, a veritable news icon, spent 30 years on the air, entering the field in 1974 at KOOL TV, then spending 25 years at 12 News, before retiring in 2011 while behind the desk at KPHO-TV.

Mr. Dana’s father was in the news business and Kent’s son, Joe, today continues the legacy at 12 News.

Mr. Foster was the first news helicopter pilot in Arizona when he was hired in 1971 by KOOL Radio and TV to report on traffic and weather. He became a fixture on Phoenix airwaves for decades, when he piloted Sky 12, the station’s news helicopter, taking part in police chases, desert searches and dramatic river rescues.

Mr. Foster is the author of “Earthbound Misfit”, a book that traces his long, varied and colorful life and career.

The transition from the bustle of broadcasting to the more relaxed days of retirement affords both men ample opportunity to reflect upon the important roles they played in the lives of Valley residents. Now, instead of delivering the latest headlines, they connect with the community in frequent public appearances.

“I am pleased to be able to share my experiences after working over 35 years in television news: covering major stories worldwide, sharing the stories of interesting people, and communicating those stories every night,” said Mr. Dana in a prepared statement. “I have been blessed to be a part of this exciting profession.”

The public is invited to attend this informative and entertaining afternoon of discussion. A question-and-answer session will follow Mr. Dana and Mr. Foster’s appearance. Light refreshments will be served.

The cost is free to the public, but donations are appreciated. Reservations required. Please RSVP to Bobbi Lazaus at 602-956-0805 or

Founded in 1978, Beth Ami Temple is a boutique reform temple for active adults seeking a spiritual connection with their Jewish roots and social involvement in a small friendly congregation. The Speaker Series brings to light important topics and interesting speakers that not only impact the city’s Jewish population, but the entire Valley community altogether.

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