Long-time KWWL anchor discusses fitness, career with local students

KWWL news anchor Ron Steele is pictured with MFL MarMac High School principal Larry Meyer and PE teacher Pat Wille during a visit to the school last Tuesday. (John Jensen/The Outlook photo)

   MONONA — Northeast Iowa’s the most well-known television news personality shared stories about his career and recovery from a heart attack with MFL MarMac High School students last Tuesday during an assembly at the school.

   Ron Steele, who has worked at KWWL television for the past 45 years, talked about the heart attack he suffered after shoveling snow in late January, 2017. His was a case of a heart attack striking the least-expected person – a man who has competed in 10 marathons and shorter races too numerous to count and who is married to the former director of the Covenant Hospital cardiac rehabilitation unit.

   “All of my years of running saved my life,” he said.

   Steele talked extensively about the importance of exercise.

   “The main thing is that it’s up to you,” he said.


For more of this story see the Dec. 5 Outlook.