Awards: River to River won first place at PRNDI for an interview with a victim of human trafficking; Talk of Iowa won second place in News/Public Affairs for “Mollie Tibbetts: A Runner Who Never Came Home.” In addition, 3 first place reporting awards from the Midwest Broadcast Journalists Association and the Iowa Broadcast News Association and 4 awards of merit.
Grew our reporting team: Through a partner grant from Mid-Iowa Health Foundation, we hired Natalie Krebs to cover the health beat. Because of this grant, IPR is now able to participate in Side Effects, a regional health reporting collaboration.
Developed Caucus Land: A podcast following the 2020 Iowa precinct caucuses, candidates and campaign and the history of the caucuses. Months of planning went into the development of this new podcast, led by hosts Clay Masters and Kate Payne, which launched just before the Iowa State Fair.
Created concept for Bike Shorts: A weeklong podcast hosted by Ben Kieffer as he cycles across Iowa for RAGBRAI in FY 2020 interviewing people and reporting the sights and sounds along the route.
Increased visibility nationally: Through collaboration with The NPR Politics Podcast and NHPR to interview all Democratic presidential candidates.
Produced midterm election night coverage: Including a live broadcast of acceptance speeches from Governor Kim Reynolds, Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer and others using newly purchased field equipment.
Continued our partnerships with: The Gazette, around Pints and Politics and the Iowa Ideas conference, and with Iowa Watch for data reporting projects and live storytelling events in Iowa City.
Established a partnership: With UI School of Law moderating question and answer sessions with Levitt Lecturers Cokie Roberts and Doris Kearns Goodwin.
IPR Stage at 80/35 Music Festival: Our final year as a smaller stage before moving to a new stage location with a larger presence in FY 2020. Sixteen bands performed, as a large crowd engaged with us throughout the weekend.
Hinterland Music Festival: Our interviews with performers, including Nathaniel Rateliff, Band of Horses, J Roddy Walston and others at the Hinterland Music Festival shared more insight for our digital audience about the artists performing while we stayed engaged with festival-goers at our busy membership booth all weekend long.
We added Gas Money, a showcase of local musicians piloted on our streaming service, to our weekend broadcast lineup.
Engaged with our Studio One audience at our monthly Studio One Underground shows at the Des Moines Social Club.
The Steinway Café: Our 1918 Steinway Model B grand piano was refurbished in FY 2019 thanks to a $25,000 grant from the W.T. and Edna M. Dahl Trust. We reached out to some of the great pianists in our state asking them to take part in a piano series called The Steinway Café, designed to celebrate the rebirth of this amazing instrument. Future performances will include pianists from Iowa Regents institutions as well as Drake University, Grinnell College and Luther College.
Launched Choral Iowa: The project highlights a uniquely Iowa phenomena – a vibrant choral music culture. The project includes posts, guest articles, and an events calendar covering Iowa’s choral music scene.
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