Dean Borg


Dean Borg is an Iowa City based correspondent for Iowa Public Radio. He joined IPR in 2000, but his broadcast news career began at WOI Radio as an Iowa State University student.  Later in Cedar Rapids, he led a 32-person news, sports, weather and farm radio and television staff for The WMT Stations. His experience includes daily coverage of the Iowa General Assembly, news and documentary reports from South Vietnam and the Paris Peace Talks, moderating nationally televised presidential candidate debates, and interviewing every President since John F. Kennedy.

He holds journalism and political science degrees from Iowa State and The University of Iowa. ISU conferred its Distinguished Achievement Citation to him, the highest award given to alumni.  He is also the winner of lifetime achievement awards from The Iowa Broadcast News Association and the Northwest Broadcast News Association.

Dean's favorite public radio program is Car Talk.

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And let's stay in Iowa. It was only a few decades ago that railroad tracks laced the state's countryside, linking even the smallest Iowa communities to the rest of the country. Many of these short line railroads have been disappearing. They're being turned into farm land or in some cases, bicycle trails. But in one Iowa community, farmers and businessmen are using their own money to preserve their railroad connection. They see it as an economic lifeline.

Iowa Public Radio's Dean Borg reports.

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The familiar movie-opening theme is fading in many of Iowa’s small communities. Many main-street theaters, caught in a technological dilemma, are closing. But as Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg, reports some communities are scrambling to preserve main stret silver screens.

They are known as our friendly neighbors to the north- host Dean Borg examines Iowa's relationship with Canada with Mary Lawyer, the new Honorary Consul of Canada in Iowa. She'll discuss her role advising Canadians on policy and trade issues and helping Iowans make business contacts north of the border. Later, Dean talks with Iowa Senator Tom Harkin. The Senator will discuss prospects for a 2012 Farm Bill and his recent meeting with education officials in Washington.

The U.S. Air Force is recommending eliminating the F-16 fighter squadron of the Iowa Air National Guard in Des Moines.  Join guest host Dean Borg as he talks with Wing Commander, Colonel Drew DeHaes about the potential cuts.  Dean will also talk with Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus about the naming of two new ships after Midwest cities, the USS Sioux City and USS Omaha.  Finally, we’ll get an update on efforts to restore the historic World War II era battleship, USS Iowa.

Lake MacBride, lying between Iowa City and Cedar Rapids, provides swimming, sail and paddle-boating and fishing recreation for thousands of people. But Lake MacBride is also at the center of a long-standing dispute among those using the lake in northern Johnson County. Iowa Public Radio’s Dean Borg reports.

Hybrid School Buses

Nov 11, 2010

Overall, the outlook for a baby born in Iowa surviving to its first birthday is among the best in the nation.But even as health officials are celebrating Iowa's relatively low rate of infant mortality, there are lingering concerns about some demographic groups.

As Iowa's population is shifting from rural to urban, the schools they're leaving behind are partnering to provide educational excellence while remaining fiscally solvent.

Iowa's Department of Education is without a permanent director. Education leaders are suggesting what should be considered in hiring a new director.

A coalition of Iowa City and University of Iowa leaders is forging strategies for changing an evolving culture of alcohol abuse in that community.

ACT Testing Kids

Apr 14, 2010

ACT -- known for its college entrance exams -- is also testing children as young as 10-years old.

Iowa teachers are quickly closing pay gaps with educators in other states. Iowa Governor Chet Culver is citing National Education Association statistics showing Iowa teachers average pay is now 26th best in the nation….jumping from 37th a year ago.But the ISEA teachers union and some state legislators fear the gains are eroding.