10 Questions for Valley news icon Kent Dana

PHOENIX - It isn't always the big events that make us turn our head when we hear about politicians, celebrities and athletes.

Sometimes, we just want to know that when you boil it down, they're all ordinary people like us.

What's in their fridge? What are they reading? What do they do in their off time? ABC15.com is asking the same 10 questions of a newsmaker. But don't jump to any conclusions; these aren't the typical interview questions.

They are not meant to be probing or controversial. Instead, they're fun questions that let you get to know the person in ways you probably don't already.

This week, we're getting to know longtime Valley news anchor Kent Dana.

Dana is a proud Phoenician, born and raised in Phoenix, Ariz.

Many would say he was destined to be a star. At the young age of 5, his mother entered him into a baby beauty pageant (read more at question #8) and he walked away with the crown. At 11, he was selected as the best child actor in Arizona. But it would ultimately be broadcasting where Dana would leave an indelible mark.

Over the next quarter-century, Dana earned the distinction of being the single most recognizable Phoenix television personality. In 2009, the trusted and longtime journalist known as the "Tom Brokaw of Phoenix" ended his 30-plus-year run as a TV news anchorman for KPNX and KPHO.

Dana was inducted into the Arizona Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

The loving father of 6 is still living in the Valley today and enjoys hiking up Pinnacle Peak, boating on Lake Powell and spending quality time with his family. He adds, however, broadcasting will always be in his blood so don't be surprised if you see him pop up on a Valley television station again.

Learn more about this Valley icon.


1. What is your all-time favorite movie or song?

The Godfather

2. Do you have a Smartphone? If so, what is your favorite app?

Yes. What is an app?

3. Have you come up with a few things you'd like to do before you die? If so, what is on your bucket list?

Take my whole family to South America

4. Who do you count as your mentor?

My father, who passed away 6 years ago. He was also a broadcaster.

5. What was your very first job?

Delivering The Arizona Republic newspaper at age 12.

6. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My eyebrows

7. What do you consider your greatest success?

I have 6 great children and I'm proud of all of them!

8. What is something about you most people don't know?

I won the "Mr. Little Arizona" contest at age 5.

9. If you could have dinner with three or more people (living or dead), who would it be?

John Kennedy, Bob Hope and Erma Bombeck

10. If you could have a different career, what would it be?

Teacher or bricklayer

Who will get profiled next week? Check back for a new "10 Questions" on Tuesdays here on ABC15.com.

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