S.L. NEWSMAN ROY GIBSON DIES - MEDIA CRITIC, EX-U. PROFESSOR

Published: Sunday, Oct. 1 1989 12:00 a.m. MDT

Salt Lake newsman Roy Berrett Gibson died in his sleep Saturday, Sept. 30, 1989, at his home. He was 65.

Known best as the media critic for KUTV-Channel 2, Mr. Gibson was also well respected as a teacher and friend of would-be journalists attending the University of Utah.This year he was granted full professorship in the U. department of communication.

Mr. Gibson's work with television began 39 years ago, shortly after the first television station in the Mountain West - K6XIS - went on the air in Salt Lake City. He appeared with a group of U. students in a one-act farce about firemen.

By 1949, when the television station had been granted its call letters, KDYL-TV, he was a free-lance commercial announcer picking his way through the hazards of live demonstrations of everything from Pfaff sewing machines to Waring blenders.

He joined the station as a full-time commercial announcer at the same time it was purchased by Time Inc. in 1954, and the call letters were changed to KTVT. In 1958, he was appointed news director - a job he kept when Columbia Pictures bought the station in 1962 and changed the call letters to KCPX.

Mr. Gibson was president of the Headliners Chapter of Sigma Delta Chi, the society of professional journalists, in 1965.

Both Mr. Gibson and his stations won many honors. Among them were the Continuing Service Award, 1964, from the University Broadcasters; Distinguished Service to Journalism Award, 1970, U. of U.; and Meritorious Service to Journalism award, Brigham Young University.

In 1986, he was awarded the Clifford P. Cheney Service to Journalism award by the Utah Society of Professional Journalists.

The Utah Journalism Educators Association in 1987 gave him the M. Neff Smart Memorial award for meritorious contributions to scholastic journalism.

In addition to his work in broadcast news, Mr. Gibson was Utah correspondent for Time, Fortune, Life and Money magazines and Time-Life Books.

He also was active in several civic groups, including the Salt Lake Exchange Club, Utah Lung Association and Utahns United Against the Nuclear Arms Race.

Mr. Gibson was born in North Ogden on Feb. 17, 1924, to William and Hazel Gibson. He attended Weber State College, but graduated from the U. in 1949 with a bachelor's degree in theater. He then taught speech, drama and remedial reading at the U. and Westminster College.

He married BenaLe Bowring, March 22, 1948. They reared six children. She died March 14, 1989.

Funeral services are pending.

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