Dick Ahles retired as vice president for news and public affairs of WFSB-TV3, the Hartford-based CBS affiliate, in 1998, ending a 37-year career with the station. During much of his career, Ahles was responsible for the station’s news broadcasts and public affairs programs. He also wrote hundreds of the station’s editorials, including the first one in 1968.
As a writer and producer of news and other documentary programs, Ahles received many of journalism’s major awards, including the Edward R. Award, Alfred DuPont/Columbia University Award, the Gavel Award of the American Bar Assn. and two Emmys. In 1998, he received the Silver Circle Lifetime Achievement Award of the Boston-New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Ahles is a longtime member and former president of the Connecticut Council on Freedom of Information and the Foundation for Open Government. He is a trustee of Hartford’s Mark Twain House and a member of the University of Connecticut Journalism Department’s advisory board. He lives in Simsbury with his wife, Helen.