Pat Blank

All Things Considered Host

Pat Blank has been with Iowa Public Radio for 24 years. She was hired as a reporter and eventually was chosen to host Morning Edition at the Cedar Falls studios in 1986.  She has been host of All Things Considered since 1995. She is a nationally award winning reporter who has also worked in commercial radio and television. Pat has served as a part-time instructor at Wartburg College and at the University of Northern Iowa where she teaches journalism classes.  She is on the Board of Control for UNI’s student run radio station KULT. She is currently serving a second term on the  Iowa Archives of Broadcasting National Advisory Board.

Pat has a bachelor’s degree in radio-television broadcasting from the University of Northern Iowa.

Pat's favorite public radio program is This American Life.

Ways To Connect

An Eastern Iowa Army Reserve soldier will be part of a large reemlistment ceremony tomorrow in Washington D.C Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with Specialist Seth Pettit of Cedar Rapids.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s perspective plantings report released late last month predicts farmers will plant 92 point two million acres of corn nationwide this spring, the second highest in history. Iowa is the largest corn producing state, so that means by the time the crop is ready for harvest, those extra millions of bushels will need a place to be stored. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports many producers are opting to keep the grain close to home.

Eagle cam

Mar 29, 2011

At some point this week, three American bald eagle eggs in a nest in Northeast Iowa are expected to hatch with an audience of thousands. It’s possible through a so-called eagle cam set up by Bob Anderson, Director of the Raptor Resource project in Decorah. He speaks with Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank.

Instead of a multi-day event tomorrow’s inauguration of Terry Branstad as Iowa’s Governor will run about a day and a half if you count the twilight hours of the ball. And it will be a rather modest affair ...about 300 thousand dollars. But even the most simple ceremony needs an event planner.. and the woman in charge of this one has been through it before. Her name is Camille Valley and Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank caught up her by phone earlier this afternoon. 

First District Race

Oct 17, 2010

The race for Iowa’s First Congressional District pits a young lawyer from Independence against a two term incumbent from Waterloo. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank has this profile.

Sour Milk

Oct 6, 2010

On paper it looked like a wonderful opportunity…Dutch dairy farmers faced with high priced land, over production and strict regulations could move to the United States. In return, the areas in which they located would see an economic boost and a cultural enrichment. But in reality, the project in at least four states including Iowa has turned sour and no one is sure why. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

Joan Becker speaks out

Oct 5, 2010

In June of 2009, Joan Becker’s son Mark shot and killed Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas. For several weeks this year, the Becker and Thomas families were in the spotlight as Mark went on trial and was convicted of first degree murder. Psychiatrists who testified at the trial diagnosed him with schizophrenia. Once the trial was over, Joan Becker could have disappeared from the public eye, instead she’s speaking out about mental illness. She talks with IPR’s Pat Blank

Tractor Rides

Aug 31, 2010

Organizers of The Farm Progress show underway near Boone are boasting that one the exhibits is Big Bud the World's Largest Tractor. Even so, a growing number of agriculture enthusiasts are content to remember the good old days when tractors could share the road with other vehicles. Iowa Public Radios Pat Blank reports.

Iowa Teacher of the Year

Aug 22, 2010

A teacher from the Des Moines suburb of Waukee was today named Iowa Teacher of the Year. Molly Boyle is currently teaching third grade. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank caught up with her as she left her classroom for the day.

The US Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of public meetings to determine if changes are warranted to the way the Missouri River is being used. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with the Public Affairs officer for the Corp's Omaha office, Paul Johnston who says the meetings are part of a first- ever review of the 1944 legislation that created the dams and reservoirs of the Missouri River system...

What once was Lake Delhi in Northeast Iowa today is a muddy creek after floodwater from the Maquoketa River Saturday ate a 30 foot hole in the earthen portion of a dam releasing the water much like pulling the plug on a bathtub. Jeff Conrad has a vacation home on the lake, he tells Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank that he and his family watched as the surge came and went changing the landscape forever.

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