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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Education
5:00 am
Thu February 2, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Bullying

Today, Iowa Public Radio continues its week-long series “Being Gay in Iowa.” It’s often a tumultuous experience when young people acknowledge they’re gay. It opens them up for teasing and downright bullying from classmates.  In part-four of our series, reporter Rob Dillard looks into what’s being done in Iowa to protect gay students from the taunts of their peers.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed February 1, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Coming Out

Today we have Part Three of our week-long series “Being Gay in Iowa.”  Often, the most emotionally stressful time in a gay person’s life is when they come out to their family and friends. The announcement is so difficult for many, they don’t make it until middle age, after they’ve been married and raised children.  It’s getting easier for younger gays, who are coming out in high school or even before.  Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard met with a number of gay Iowans to find out what it was like to step out of the closet.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue January 31, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Religions

Today we continue our exploration of what it means to be gay in Iowa. Members of various faith communities approach questions surrounding gay lifestyles from widely different perspectives. Some church leaders were quite vocal in protesting the Iowa Supreme Court ruling that allowed same-sex couples to marry. Others were among the first clergy to lead marriage ceremonies for gays and lesbians as soon as they were able. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard looks into the divide among religions on matters of gay rights.

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Being Gay in Iowa: Religion
11:00 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Religion

Education
5:00 am
Mon January 30, 2012

Being Gay in Iowa: Marriage

Iowa Public Radio today returns to its ongoing series “Being in Iowa.” This week we look into what it means to be gay in Iowa. The most recent poll to gather public sentiment about same-sex marriage taken a year ago shows more Iowans oppose it than support it – but by a narrow margin, 38 to 34 percent. Almost as many people – 30 percent – say they don’t care one way or the other. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard revisits attitudes toward gay marriage nearly three years after the Iowa Supreme Court ruled it legal.

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River to River
12:00 pm
Fri December 2, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa

All this week we've been hearing what it's like being physically disabled in Iowa. Reports from Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard have highlighted many facets from the lives of people who are blind, deaf, and who have trouble with mobility. Today we wrap up the series with several different perspectives on the topic, including that of a blind twenty-two year old college student and a disabled man from Ankeny, who recently grabbed headlines for climbing to the top of Chicago's tallest building.

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Sports
5:00 am
Fri December 2, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa: Sports

Today, Iowa Public Radio concludes its week-long series “Being Physically Disabled in Iowa.” It’s estimated that 96-thousand Iowans between the ages of 16-and-64 have some type of physical disability. Many of them are keeping their competitive fires burning by joining adaptive sports programs. Reporter Rob Dillard takes us to a gym and a ball field to meet a group of disabled athletes.

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Education
5:00 am
Thu December 1, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa: Farmer

Today Iowa Public Radio has the third segment in a five-part series titled “Being Physically Disabled in Iowa.” It’s estimated that some 20 percent of the nation’s farmers are working the land with some type of physical disability. That compares with six percent of the overall workforce who are disabled. Reporter Rob Dillard takes us to a farm in Central Iowa, where a long-time farmer is adjusting to a missing limb.

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Education
5:00 am
Wed November 30, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa: Special Schools

Today we continue with our five-part series about what it means to be physically disabled in Iowa. There are two special schools for disabled students in the state – The Iowa Braille and Sight Saving School in Vinton and the Iowa School for the Deaf in Council Bluffs. They both fall under the auspices of the Iowa Board of Regents. But as reporter Rob Dillard tells us, they are taking different approaches to providing an education for the young people they serve.

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Education
5:00 am
Tue November 29, 2011

Being Physically Disabled in Iowa: Accessibility

Today, Iowa Public Radio continues its week-long series “Being Physically Disabled in Iowa.” Over the past 20 years, access to public buildings for people in wheelchairs has vastly improved. The 1992 Americans with Disabilities Act gets much of the credit. This federal law requires facilities to take reasonable, achievable steps to remove barriers for people with disabilities. Reporter Rob Dillard spent a recent afternoon with a wheelchair-bound woman, checking out various public buildings in Des Moines. They found a few roadblocks still in place.

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