Rob Dillard

Correspondent

Rob Dillard is a Des Moines based correspondent for Iowa Public Radio. He joined IPR in 2001 as host of Morning Edition and moved to reporting in 2007.  He has been on special assignment for IPR since early 2011 reporting the ongoing series “Being in Iowa.” It has taken him around the state shining light on small segments of the population, including Muslims, military veterans, Latinos and the physically disabled. The series has won awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and Northwest Broadcast News Association (NBNA).

Rob has extensive experience in radio, newspaper and media relations dating back more than 30 years. He has also taught news writing at Central College in Pella. Rob earned his bachelor’s degree in mass communications at the University of Iowa.

Rob’s favorite public radio program is Morning Edition.

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If you love to laugh
11:00 pm
Wed August 11, 2010

If you love to laugh

If you love to laugh, this weekend might be a good time to be in Des Moines. The first-ever Jestfest will occupy four venues over three days. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports festival organizers hope it will shine a spotlight on Central Iowa's burgeoning comedy scene.

News
11:00 pm
Thu August 5, 2010

Anti-Judges

Opponents of same-sex marriage in Iowa are mounting campaigns against three Supreme Court judges who ruled in 2009 the state's ban on gay marriage was unconstitutional. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports their action is drawing quick response from court watchers who think politics should stay out of the judiciary

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News
11:00 pm
Wed July 28, 2010

Green House

The movement toward more energy-efficient and sustainable buildings has changed the way architects approach commercial projects for several years. But this revolution has been slow to take hold in residential construction. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard traveled to Fairfield recently to tour the state's greenest house.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed July 14, 2010

Emus

The annual convention for emu (ee-mew) ranchers is in Des Moines this weekend. Many people started raising these big birds from Australia as an alternative source of revenue when times turned tough on the farm in the 1980s and 90s. There are far fewer in the business today. But Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports those who persevered say the sales of emu meat and emu oil are about to take off.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Sun June 20, 2010

Bil Baird

There was a time when puppets and marionettes played featured roles in American pop culture not just for children, but for adults too. They starred in plays, operas, movies, TV commercials, even news programs. If you doubt this, Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard invites you to tour a museum in Mason City to see the proof.

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Arts and Culture
11:00 pm
Fri June 11, 2010

Harvest of Grief

A documentary film about the high rate of suicides among farmers in northern India will have a single screening Sunday night in Des Moines. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports the movie may bring back memories of the 1980s Midwest farm crisis.

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Sports
11:00 pm
Sun May 16, 2010

Girls Track Stars

Arguably the finest season in Iowa high school girls' track and field history is winding down. This year's athletes have not only set state records in running and jumping events; they've recorded some of the top marks in the nation. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports these high achievers have little in common, beyond their athletic success.

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Wed May 12, 2010

Lyon County Casino

The Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission is granting just one new casino license. Commissioners say only Lyon County in the northwest corner of the state can move ahead with its project. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports the commissioners say they’re worried casinos in Ottumwa, Fort Dodge and Tama County would pull business away from existing casinos.

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Sun April 11, 2010

Ag Competition

The Obama administration is conducting an unprecedented series of public forums to explore competition in the agriculture industry. For the first time, the departments of justice and agriculture are working together to look into antitrust questions raised by the mergers of seed companies, meatpacking plants and corporate farms. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports government officials worry farmers are paying the price for consolidation.

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Sports
11:00 pm
Wed April 7, 2010

Ryne Sandberg

The opening of the baseball season in Des Moines is extra special this spring. One of the game’s all-time greats is stepping in as manager of the Iowa Cubs. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports on a Hall-of-Fame second baseman who at the age of 50 is once again working his way through the minor leagues.

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Sports
11:00 pm
Mon March 29, 2010

Wittmack's World Triathlon

An Iowa adventurer is attempting one of the toughest human endeavors ever conceived. Des Moines lawyer Charlie Wittmack is calling his 11-month-long quest the world triathlon, as Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports.

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Education
11:00 pm
Thu March 18, 2010

Male Elementary School Teachers

Elementary school administrators are wrestling with a long-standing issue. How do you recruit more men to teach young children? Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard reports attitudes are beginning to change. But it’s still rare to see a male teacher in the classrooms of the lower grades.

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