Boise Mayor Dave Bieter today awarded long-time KTVB-TV news anchor Dee Sarton the Key to the City, the highest honor he can bestow upon a resident, in celebration of her 40-year television broadcast career in Boise.
Mayor Bieter presented the award to Sarton on live television during KTVB’s 6 p.m. newscast this evening. The presentation was part of the station’s day-long celebration of Sarton’s career held at the Boise Depot. Today was her last day on the air for KTVB. Mayor Bieter also presented her with a proclamation from 12 Treasure Valley mayors declaring June 5 as “Dee Sarton Day.”
“Dee’s career has made her one of the most recognized personalities and trusted journalists in our community,” said Mayor Bieter. “Her poise and integrity have been part of Boiseans’ lives for four decades and her presence will be missed. Congratulations to her on an outstanding career and her retirement.”
Sarton began her television career at KTVB as weather forecaster and over the years she worked as an on-the-scene news reporter, a travel correspondent and served as a debate and town hall moderator for hundreds of events. She’s been one of KTVB’s primary news anchors since 1983. She’s also advocated for and served on the boards of numerous non-profits focusing on children and education, including her advocacy of adoption services. In 2007, she was named to the list of Idaho’s Most Influential Women and inducted into the Idaho Hall of Fame.