r Local sports broadcaster Wesley Ruff was inducted into the Nebo School District Hall of Fame at a Springville High School boys’ basketball game in February.
Wesley Ruff was born and raised in Springville. He attended Westside Elementary School, Springville Middle School and Springville Junior High School and graduated with honors from Springville High School in 1976. He was also named the social studies student of the year his senior year. Ruff won five varsity letters while at SHS, lettering in basketball twice, lettering in golf twice and lettering in track. He was co-captain of the basketball team and co-captain of the track team, both in 1976. He also received a golf scholarship from the Utah Golf Association.
Ruff was awarded several academic scholarships and attended Southern Utah State College (now Southern Utah University) where he was a member of the SUSC golf team in the fall of 1976.
Ruff served an LDS Church mission to Fukuoka, Japan, from 1977 to 1979.rIn 1982, Ruff graduated from Brigham Young University with a bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism and began his broadcasting career at KFYR-TV in Bismarck, North Dakota. He was a weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter from 1982 to 1985. In October of 1985, Wesley began working at KTVX-TV in Salt Lake City as the weekend sports anchor and weekday sports reporter.
Ruff was named the sports director and weekday sports anchor at KTVX-TV in 2002 and was also voted by the sportscasters and sportswriters of the state to be named the Utah Sportscaster of the Year five separate times – in 1998, 2002, 2004, 2006 and 2008.
Ruff was named the Bill Howard Golf Citizen of the Year by the Utah Section PGA in both 2000 and 2006. He is a frequent guest speaker and emcee for many events. Ruff remains active in sports, competing in triathlons and playing in numerous charity golf events. He plays at the Hobble Creek Golf Course as often as possible.