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Bruce DuMont (born June 18, 1944 in New London, Connecticut) is an American broadcaster and political analyst based in Chicago, Illinois.[1] He is the host of Beyond the Beltway, a syndicated talk radio show that airs on more than 20 stations around the United States. The program, which began in 1980 as Inside Politics, also airs a televised version on Chicago's secondary PBS station, WYCC. From 1987 to 2006 DuMont was the host of Illinois Lawmakers, a television show covering legislative news that originated from the State Capitol in Springfield during the months of the year when the Illinois General Assembly was in session.

Bruce DuMont
Bruce DuMont

(1944-06-18) June 18, 1944 (age 75)
New London, Connecticut
ShowBeyond the Beltway
(formerly Inside Politics)

Beyond the Beltway celebrated 30 years on the radio in June 2010.[2] Four months later, DuMont recycled the title of Inside Politics, using it now to refer to the televised version of Beyond the Beltway.[3] (It has since reverted to its original title.)

DuMont got his start in broadcasting as a producer for WGN 720 AM in 1968. He interrupted his radio career to make an unsuccessful run for a seat in the Illinois Senate in 1970, then returned to WGN, this time as a producer for Howard Miller, a controversial radio personality.[4][5] DuMont gained his first on-air radio experience at WLTD, now WCGO, in Evanston, Illinois, a 1,000-watt AM station at the time. It was at WLTD that he became nationally known for his investigative reporting on subjects such as Watergate and the CIA.[6]

DuMont then began to focus on producing news and documentaries for local television. A documentary about teenage suicides for WBBM-TV earned him an Iris Award from the National Association of Television Programming, while another documentary, this one about censorship in public libraries, earned him the Golden Gavel Award from the American Bar Association. He then worked as a producer for Chicago's primary PBS station, WTTW, heading up its broadcasts of the 1983 mayoral debates between Mayor Jane Byrne and her challengers, Richard M. Daley and Harold Washington.[7] DuMont also produced WTTW's Chicago Tonight, and his on-camera work began in 1984 as the program's anchor for both the Republican National Convention and Democratic National Convention.

DuMont is the founder and president of the Museum of Broadcast Communications, which began development in 1982. The MBC opened in June 1987 inside the River City condominium complex at 800 S. Wells St. in Chicago, then relocated to the Chicago Cultural Center five years later, where it remained until December 2003.[8] After eight and a half years of delays related to construction and financing,[9] the MBC reopened in its new location at 360 N. State St. on June 13, 2012.[10]

He was a member of the Peabody Awards Board of Jurors from 1992 to 1998.[11]

DuMont is the nephew of Allen B. DuMont, founder of the DuMont Television Network, the first commercial television network.[12] He was married to Kathy Osterman from May 1, 1992, until her death from cancer on December 8, 1992.[13]


  1. ^ Lavin, Cheryl (19 September 1999). "Bruce Dumont". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  2. ^ Feder, Robert (June 25, 2010). "Feder's Chicago media flashback: June 1987". WBEZ. Chicago Public Media. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  3. ^ Feder, Robert (4 October 2010). "Bruce DuMont revives 'Inside Politics' as TV talk show". WBEZ Radio. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  4. ^ "Howard Power". Time Magazine. 31 January 1969. Retrieved 4 December 2010.
  5. ^ Heise, Kenan (November 10, 1994). "Howard Miller, Radio Disc Jockey And Controversial Commentator". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  6. ^ Deeb, Gary (July 8, 1974). "What evil lurks in the CIA?". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  7. ^ Henderson, Harold (October 8, 1987). "The Shouting Show". Chicago Reader. Sun-Times Media, LLC. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  8. ^ Storch, Charles (December 11, 2003). "Broadcast Museum on hiatus for move". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  9. ^ Dahlman, Steven (June 13, 2010). "Construction of broadcast museum resumes". Loop North News. Marina City Online. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
  10. ^ Johnson, Steve (June 13, 2012). "Museum of Broadcast Communications opens doors". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 24 April 2015.
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  12. ^ Weinstein, David (2004). The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television, p. 16. Philadelphia: Temple University Press. ISBN 1-59213-499-8.
  13. ^ Kass, John (July 28, 1999). "If Truth Be Told, Letter To Reno Wouldn't Be Needed". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 June 2016.

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