About Us

Our History
Iowa Public Radio was created in 2004 by the Iowa Board of Regents to manage the radio groups of Iowa State University, University of Iowa and University of Northern Iowa.  This statewide public radio network (a total of 24 stations) now serves 236,000 listeners with three programming streams:  News, News/Studio One and Classical.  IPR’s combined radio groups serve rural and urban Iowa, touching all of Iowa’s 99 counties. 

Our history is long and proud:  Iowa State University and University of Iowa each have public radio stations that are nearly a century old, with FCC licenses that were among the first 100 radio licenses ever granted, and our statewide network is one that other states look to as a model.  This century of service to and for Iowans is the foundation for our future.

Our Mission
Iowa Public Radio informs, enriches and engages Iowans through high quality news and cultural programming.

Our Vision
Iowa Public Radio will deliver three streams of programming statewide, bringing Iowans award-winning national programming and producing local programs that reflect Iowa’s sense of place. Partnering with the Regent universities who hold the licenses to IPR’s stations, we will foster a vibrant Iowa with civically and culturally informed citizens.

Our Goals

  • Strengthen the impact, reach, and performance of our organization in order to better serve Iowans.
  • Grow and engage our audiences.
  • Deliver national, international and local news and cultural programming, meeting the needs of our audience.
  • Develop a sustainable funding model that allows our network to thrive.

Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) Transparency
As a public media entity, Iowa Public Radio makes every effort to be as transparent as possible in order to comply with CPB requirements. Below you will find documents and information related to Iowa Public Radio's governance and finances.

Governance:
View Iowa Public Radio's senior management.
View Iowa Public Radio's Board of Directors and upcoming meetings.

Audited Financial Statements:
View the 2013 AFS for Iowa Public Radio, WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.
View the 2012 AFS for Iowa Public Radio, WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.
View the 2011 AFS for Iowa Public Radio, WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.
View the 2010 AFS for Iowa Public Radio, WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.
View the 2009 AFS for Iowa Public Radio, WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.
View the 2008 AFS for Iowa Public Radio, WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.

Annual Financial Reports:
To request a copy of the most recent Annual Financial Reports submitted to CPB, please send a written request to:
     Kelly Edmister
     Iowa Public Radio
     2111 Grand Ave. Ste. 100
     Des Moines, IA 50312

You may also e-mail your request to kedmister@iowapublicradio.org.

Form 990:
View 2013 Form 990 for Iowa Public Radio.
View 2012 Form 990 for Iowa Public Radio.
View 2011 Form 990 for Iowa Public Radio.
View 2010 Form 990 for Iowa Public Radio.
View 2009 Form 990 for Iowa Public Radio.

Annual Report:
View 2012 Annual Report for Iowa Public Radio.
View 2011 Annual Report for Iowa Public Radio.
View 2010 Annual Report for Iowa Public Radio.
View 2009 Annual Report for Iowa Public Radio.

Annual Report on Local Content and Services:
View 2013 Local Content and Services Report for WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.

EEO Report:
2014 EEO Public File Reports for WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.
2013 EEO Public File Reports for WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.
2012 EEO Public File Reports for WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.
2011 EEO Public File Reports for WOI, WSUI/KSUI and KUNI/KHKE.

Diversity
Iowa Public Radio strives to provide a diverse radio product that represents the culture, traditions, and influence of the citizens of Iowa, educating, enhancing, and inspiring our daily living. To this end, we iterate the following values:

On integrity:
IPR maintains the highest standards of journalism, providing trustworthy, balanced content that enriches public dialogue.

On quality:
IPR strives for excellence in programming and is committed to continuous improvement in its operations.

On relevance:
IPR's distinctive voice reflects our region's cultural diversity while expanding understanding of the global community.

On trust:
IPR builds relationships that foster understanding, respect, loyalty and goodwill with listeners, contributors and communities.

On appreciation:
IPR values diversity of experience, supports creativity and strives to be a professional, dynamic and enjoyable place to work.

Iowa Public Radio supports and embraces a diverse full, part-time, and student staff, comprised of individuals of varied age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, state and national origin, rural and urban origin, veteran status, political views, education, and socioeconomic conditions.

Reflection of staff diversity:

  • 60% of Iowa Public Radio’s senior management are female
  • 46% of Iowa Public Radio’s full and part-time staff are female
  • 4% of Iowa Public Radio’s full and part-time staff are veterans
  • 2% of Iowa Public Radio’s full and part-time staff are a minority race

Additionally, Iowa Public Radio supports the diversity efforts of Iowa State University, University of Iowa, and University of Northern Iowa, which own the radio licenses operated by Iowa Public Radio.

Additional Information:
View Iowa Public Radio's Public Meetings Statement.
View Iowa Public Radio's Public Records Statement.
View Iowa Public Radio's Donor Information Policy.