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Broadcaster, School Board Member, Ivy Tech Professor Keith Klein Dies At Age 79

Keith Klein

Keith Klein during a WTIU 50 Year anniversary interview. (WTIU)

Keith Klein, a Monroe County fixture for decades, passed away Monday at the age of 79.

Klein served as WTIU Program Director, Ivy Tech Adjunct Professor, WGCL News Director, Rotary Club member, public relations manager at Cook Group Inc., and MCCSC Board of Trustees member.

The Gary, IN native was a reporter at NBC News Chicago before his more than 20 year tenure as WTIU's Program Director. Most remember seeing him on numerous WTIU fund drives and programs such as 'Editor's Desk,' the Monroe County Fair shows and other programming.

WTIU Station Operations Manager Brent Molnar says there are still aspects of WTIU's programming schedule that are rooted in Klein's work.

"I think Keith will always be remembered for his contributions to our community through his work he did at WTIU," Molnar said. "Even after Keith left the station, he remained in regular contact and even volunteered as talent for our Membership Campaigns. Keith could always connect with viewers in a way that could get the phone to ring."

READ MORE: Former Staffers Look Back on 50 Years of WTIU

Klein was a high school football official, DeMolay International administrator and leader, and volunteer Master of Ceremonies for numerous City of Bloomington events, such as the Fourth of July Parade and the Festival of Lights.

Ivy Tech Bloomington Chancellor Jennie Vaughan wrote in an email to the staff that Klein led a life well lived.

"Here at Ivy Tech he made a difference in our lives and more importantly in the lives of our students. He loved to share the stories of his students. He was their biggest cheerleader," Vaughan said.

Klein's work with so many organizations affected many, as evidenced through an outpouring of memories and sentiments during a live radio broadcast on WGCL radio Tuesday afternoon.

No arrangements have been announced.

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