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
1:00 pm
Fri May 27, 2011

Being a Veteran in Iowa

All this week we've been hearing what it's like being a Veteran in Iowa. Our reports from Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard have highlighted many facets of the lives of former soldiers: the mental anguish of war, concerns about health care, and the drive lure young veterans into military organizations. Today we wind up our week-long focus on veterans in Iowa with conversations about many of these topics.

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Education
6:00 am
Fri May 27, 2011

Being a Veteran in Iowa: TEE Tournament

This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. So far this week, Rob has told us about health care as it affects veterans, the mental anguish they experience after war, the drive to lure young veterans into military organizations, and an all-veterans band. Now we meet a veteran whose life was changed – but not ruined – by an accident he suffered while he was an army sergeant.

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Health
4:00 am
Thu May 26, 2011

Being a Veteran in Iowa: Mental Health

This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. Today, Rob Dillard examines the mental problems that sometimes beset veterans after they serve their country. Many turn to booze and drugs to fight off the demons that haunt their dreams after fighting during wartime. Thousands of them wind up on the streets or in homeless camps after they fail to reconnect with family and friends. Rob sees what’s being done in Iowa to help these troubled veterans.

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Arts and Culture
6:00 am
Wed May 25, 2011

Being a Veteran in Iowa: Veterans Band

This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. Iowa Public Radio reporter Rob Dillard has met with military service organizations and health-care providers in an attempt to uncover issues that face many veterans on their return to civilian life. Now, he takes on a lighter topic. Rob has found a bunch of Iowa veterans who are in the entertainment business – tooting horns, pounding drums and bringing joy to audiences statewide.

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Arts and Culture
6:00 am
Tue May 24, 2011

Being a Veteran in Iowa: Service Organizations

This week, Iowa Public Radio has been taking a look at what it means to be a military veteran in the state. Today, reporter Rob Dillard talks with members of military service organizations. Nationwide, these groups have struggled to maintain membership levels in recent time. Some of the smaller chapters are in danger of disappearing altogether. In Iowa, however, Rob found they continue to play an important role in the social lives of many veterans and their families.

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Health
6:00 am
Mon May 23, 2011

Being a Veteran in Iowa: Health Care

Over the next five days, Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard will be asking the question, “What does it mean to be a military veteran in the state?” The U.S. Census pegs the number of veterans in Iowa at more than 245-thousand. Ask many older veterans what their top concern is, they’ll tell you health care. A third of Iowa’s former service members are aging baby boomers, who served during the Vietnam era. Another 30 percent fought in World War Two or Korea and are growing frailer by the day. Rob tells us access to health care is a major focus for veterans’ groups and hospitals.

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Education
5:00 am
Fri April 1, 2011

Being Latino in Iowa: Charros, The Mexican Cowboys

Iowa Public Radio concludes its week-long series of answers to the question, “what does it mean to be Latino in Iowa?” Reporter Rob Dillard Rob has traversed the state, stopping in small towns, shopping in Mexican grocery stores, listening to Spanish-language radio stations and meeting a young woman who recently celebrated a big birthday. In the conclusion of the series, he introduces us to some Mexican cowboys.

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Arts and Culture
12:00 am
Thu March 31, 2011

Being Latino in Iowa: Quinceañeras

This week, Iowa Public Radio has been exploring Latino life in the state as part of the series, “Being in Iowa.” Today we learn about a celebration that is the major date on the social calendars for many young Latinas – especially those from Mexican heritage. It happens right around the time a girl turns 15. As Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports, families often spare no expense in honoring this coming-of-age event.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Wed March 30, 2011

Being Latino in Iowa: Latino Food

More and more Latino groceries and restaurants have opened in cities and towns across the state in recent years. As Rob Dillard reports, they are offering an array of new flavors to many Iowans.

Being in Iowa is funded in part by The Principal Financial Group Foundation.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Being Latino in Iowa: Spanish Language Media

Latino immigrants have wielded a huge influence over the media landscape in Iowa. Twenty years ago when they first began to arrive looking for work, almost all of the newspapers they saw and broadcast outlets they heard were delivered in English. But as Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard tells us, these days it's nearly impossible to scan a radio dial or walk by a newspaper stand without noticing some content in Spanish.

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Arts & Culture
5:00 am
Mon March 28, 2011

Being Latino in Iowa: Impact on Small Towns

"Being in Iowa" starts with a series on "Being Latino in Iowa." Reporter Rob Dillard will bring us stories about how this growing minority group is transforming some aspects of life here. Latinos now make up five percent of Iowa's overall population, numbering more than 152,000. That's a nearly 84% increase since 2000. Many of these newcomers are settling in rural areas of the state. Rob starts his series by looking at how that's altering the character of small-town Iowa.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun December 19, 2010

Soldier in Iraq

Hundreds of Iowa National Guard and Reserve soldiers are spending the holidays far from home in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of them is Major Laurel Williamson of Des Moines. she's been on her first overseas deployment in Iraq since April and will return to Iowa in April 2011. We talked to her by phone from Balad Airbase north of Baghdad.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

Women Wrestlers

A small school in northern Iowa is launching an athletic experiment. Waldorf College is the first college in the state to begin a women’s wrestling program. Iowa Public Radio’s Rob Dillard went to Forest City to meet a couple of the grapplers.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu October 7, 2010

Retention Vote

A full-fledged campaign is underway to unseat three Iowa Supreme Court Justices because of their ruling clearing the way for same sex marriage. Iowa hasn't seen such a campaign since it adopted a merit system instead of a political system for appointing and retaining judges almost fifty years ago. But some voters are angry at the courts, and these unusual campaigns are also underway in other states.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 30, 2010

Fighting Saints

In Iowa's oldest city, a gleaming new ice arena is the talk of the town. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard traveled to Dubuque recently to tour a facility that helped attract a United States Hockey League franchise back to the banks of the Mississippi after a near ten-year absence.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 16, 2010

Not Alone

An unusual piece of dinner theater is being staged in Ames. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard reports about a group that's telling the real-life stories of some townspeople who are down on their luck.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue September 7, 2010

Al Bell

If you grew up in small town Iowa during the 1950s, 60s and 70s, you probably met Al Bell. He was the charismatic world traveler who delighted thousands of school kids with his adventures to such far flung places as the Peruvian jungle and the Egyptian desert. Now, as Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard tells us, he's being remembered this weekend at a film festival that bears his name.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu August 26, 2010

Cristo Rei school

The latest concept in the ongoing struggle by educators in the state to stem the tide of high school dropouts is coming from the Des Moines Catholic Diocese. School officials there are looking into opening what's known as a Cristo Rei school. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard tells us it would blend a rigorous academic program with a professional workplace experience.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu August 19, 2010

Theater Camp

In the waning days before the start of school, most summer camps have shut down. Not in Des Moines, where an unusual camp for kids is still in session. Iowa Public Radio's Rob Dillard took a day off this week to attend theater camp.

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