KASU news director killed in car crash

KASU news director killed in car crash

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - “An Indian in my heart and a Red Wolf forever.”

That's how Greg Chance, news director of KASU, always signed his emails.

On Tuesday night Chance died following a one-car crash on Highway 91 near Craighead County Road 101.

Arkansas State Police say Chance was westbound when his 2003 Ford Focus ran off the side of the road and struck a tree.

Family members told ASU Chance had suffered a heart attack while he was behind the wheel, according to a news release from the university.

Chance was the long-time news director of KASU, the public broadcasting service for ASU.

After completing his bachelor's degree in radio-television at Arkansas State in 1974 he worked at several stations before returning to KASU in 1984.

During his tenure his newscasts received numerous awards from the Associated Press, Arkansas Farm Bureau, and the Arkansas Education Association.

At 3:06 p.m. Wednesday—the time his newscast usually ran—KASU will air a tribute to Chance.

In an official statement, KASU staff and management said they were saddened to learn of his death and “extend our sympathy to his wife, Cindy, and his many friends and colleagues in the community. Out of respect for Greg, KASU is suspending the spring membership drive.”

Mike Doyle, station manager for KASU, said Chance was one of the hardest workers he knew in the business.

"He was very well respected in the news community and by the news community at large for his work ethic," Doyle said. "Greg Chance gave a day's work for a day's pay and actually more than a day's pay."

Other colleagues had similar comments about Chance and one even described him as a "tenacious bulldog" when it came to news.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

KASU issued the following statement on their website

KASU is saddened to learn from family members of Greg Chance, that he died last night from a heart attack. He was behind the wheel of his car when he was found. Greg has worked for KASU since 1982. He started working as a farm director and then moved to the news director role, which he held for many years. The staff and management of KASU extend our sympathy to his wife, Cindy, and his many friends and colleagues in the community. Out of respect for Greg, KASU is suspending the spring membership drive.

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