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Forum Editorial: Doug Hamilton was a gentleman anchor, a steady voice behind the microphone

Doug Hamilton, a fixture on the airwaves in Fargo-Moorhead as a TV news anchor and public radio host, was a consummate professional.

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Doug Hamilton always exuded an amiable yet authoritative presence on the airwaves, whether as a television news anchor or public radio program host.

He was a fixture on the Fargo-Moorhead airwaves for decades. Warm yet precise, always smooth and never ruffled, with a hint of the erudition admired by his friends and colleagues, Hamilton’s style was as accessible as it was professional.

After a battle with leukemia, Hamilton died Friday, Aug. 5 , at the age of 72, having worked until 2021, where he finished his career as host of Prairie Public radio’s “Main Street” program for a decade.

Many in Fargo-Moorhead and the surrounding area will remember Hamilton as a news anchor from 1986 to 1995 at what then was KTHI-TV, now KVLY.

After his career in television news, Hamilton manned the microphone at KFGO radio as a news anchor and reporter, where he was a member of the news team that won a Peabody Award for coverage of the 1997 flood.

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Hamilton then made a sojourn in academia, working for 15 years as executive director of university advancement at Minnesota State University Moorhead, his alma mater.

But Hamilton found the tug of broadcasting irresistible and after his “retirement” at MSUM in 2011 assumed the role of host at Prairie Public, where guests appreciated his insightful questions.

Over the years Hamilton also was familiar to theater audiences, starting in the 1960s and 1970s as a member of the Straw Hat Players at MSUM. He also appeared on the stage at Fargo-Moorhead Community Theatre.

When he wasn’t behind the microphone or on the stage, Hamilton took the time to be involved in the community. He was involved for a number of years in the Children’s Miracle Network telethon and once served as the chairman of the United Way of Cass-Clay fundraising campaign.

Always polite and professional, Hamilton’s was a quiet voice in a medium that now seems dominated by voices that are loud and boisterous. He will be missed by many. We join Hamilton’s family and friends in mourning his passing and in celebrating a life well lived.

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