Press Club of Dallas

Alex Burton, Press Club Legend, Dead at Age 80

Alex Burton, WBAP-TV anchor, Channel 39 news director, KRLD reporter and commentator, and author of 3 books, has died at age 80.

Alex Burton:  A Celebration of Life – Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m. LINK TO EVENT

Alex was honored in 2011 by the Press Club as a Living Legend of North Texas Journalism.

Dallas Morning News Story


“He will be missed” – Celeste LaRocca

“Alex Burton will be missed, he was a true original, and those don’t come along often enough!  All of us who knew him and had the opportunity to count him as a friend know we were blessed, and also know we will miss him.” –  Jo Ann Holt Caussey

“He was a favorite of mine and I’ll miss him.” – Nancy Monson

“Even after he retired he would often email me with comments (commentary) about news events and causes.  There was only ONE Alex Burton, he was always fun to be around because he didn’t waste time with chit chat. He had strong opinions and he was always ready to share them.” – Gloria Campos Brown

“I will miss him.  I still have a letter opener that he carved for me when he was doing Medical Reports for my format at ABC.” – Bud Buschardt

“Alex Burton was a special friend dating from the long ago time when I, too, worked in the Dallas broadcasting industry, and more recently at Reading and Radio Resource where he was on the board and I have been a volunteer reader.

But my fondest memory of him is May 1982 when I  married and he came to our wedding which was a somewhat unusual affair. Since I am Catholic and my husband was Protestant, we had both a Catholic priest and a Presbyterian minister jointly officiate at the ceremony at Holy Trinity Church.

The morning after the wedding, I woke to Alex Burton’s radio show. He was talking about our wedding! He was saying, “I attended a most unusual wedding on Saturday…” and proceeded to describe it. I woke my husband and said, “Wake up! Alex is talking about our wedding!” We listened in surprise and pleasure.

Many years have passed since then. My husband died in 2003 and now Alex is gone. But the enjoyment I had in his company and the unexpected delight in hearing his broadcast are bright and shiny memories. Bon voyage, old friend.” – Ann M. Trees

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