Dean Borg

Correspondent

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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Education
7:44 am
Wed January 2, 2013

Iowa's Education Department Seeks Funding for Online Classes

The Iowa Department of Education is seeking state funding to expand on-line education for high school students. The Department is now operating what’s called “Iowa Learning Online” with federal funding that’s expiring.

State Education Director Jason Glass says the program is serving students who aren’t doing well in traditional classrooms.

“We have students that are bullied. We have students that are medically fragile. We have students that need to be home for any number of reasons, “ Glass says. “Those are the kind of students we want to make this an option for.”

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Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
8:37 am
Mon December 31, 2012

Drought Update: Iowa Soil Still Drier Than Normal

This summer's drought damaged crops across the region.
Credit Tom Woodward / Flickr

     

Like many Midwestern states, Iowa is closing the 2012 calendar year with soil moisture deficits after this summer's drought. But with the new crop year at least four months away, Iowa State University Climatologist Elwynn Taylor is seeing some spotty

Taylor credits abundant fall rains with helping mitigate the drought, at least for now.

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Education
7:26 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Regents Decline to Renew UI President Sally Mason's Contract

The Iowa Board of Regents is declining to renew a contract with University of Iowa President Sally Mason. Regents President Craig Lang confirms that Mason is working without a contract.

“Her contract – five-year contract – was up in August,” he says. “We did not renew a new contract with President Mason. She is employed at will.”

Lang says the Regents are asking Mason to improve the University’s statewide outreach, improve relations with the Iowa Legislature, and establish goals.

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River to River
12:44 pm
Tue October 30, 2012

2nd Congressional District - Loebsack and Archer

Area of 2nd congressional district in Iowa
Legislative Services Agency website

We hear from the two candidates vying to represent Iowa's new 2nd congressional district, which covers the southeast corner of the state. Incumbent Democrat from Iowa City, Dave Lobesack, will defend his three terms in the U.S. House of Representatives against challenger John Archer, a Republican and corporate attorney from Bettendorf, who tells us why he thinks he would be better for the people of Iowa in the second district.

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Politics
7:16 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Paul Ryan Talks Faith, Family in Eastern Iowa

Rep. Paul Ryan rallied voters at Loras College in Dubuque.
Dean Borg Iowa Public Radio

The Republican vice presidential candidate and Wisconsin Congressman emphasized his Catholic faith and brought his wife and three children on stage with him at Loras College in Dubuque.

Agriculture/Harvest Public Media
7:47 am
Mon October 1, 2012

Drought Means Mixed Harvest for Pumpkin Growers

Pumpkin harvests are varied across Iowa - another effect of this summer's severe drought.
Dean Borg Iowa Public Radio

With Halloween approaching, attention is turning to pumpkins. But not all pumpkin fields are filled with orange.

River to River
12:09 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Veterans' Transitions to Civilian Lives

Bill Adams / Iowa Now

It’s a transition that isn’t all that easy: military veterans often have a tough time leaving the front line and moving back into life on a college campus or a job back home.

Politics
10:29 am
Thu September 27, 2012

Satellite Voting Petitions

Iowa law enables anyone obtaining one-hundred voter signatures to get a satellite voting at a site of their choosing.  Election officials must hold balloting at that location for at least one day before the November 6th general election.

River to River
12:51 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Drought And The Economy

Theresa Wysocki Flickr

What is the economic impact of this year’s drought? When it comes to food prices, agricultural experts and analysts say it means a spike due to soaring corn prices, but consumers may not see higher prices in the grocery store until 2013. Then we look at other economic factors in the Midwest, including how the 2012 Presidential Election could affect crude oil prices.

River to River
1:23 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Politics Day: Iowa Visits

Dave Lawerence Flickr

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney wraps up his two-day visit to Des Moines as President Barack Obama gets ready for a three-day stop in Iowa next week. IPR's Dean Borg talks with two political science experts about the heavy candidate presence in Iowa and the issues the candidate's are driving home during their stay.

River to River
1:27 pm
Wed July 11, 2012

Politics Day: Obama's Iowa Visit and the Middle Class

President Obama addressed tax cuts for the middle class at his stop in Cedar Rapids Tuesday. On this Politics Day, IPR’s Dean Borg talks with political scientists Tim Hagle from the University of Iowa and Donna Hoffman from the University of Northern Iowa about the President’s visit as both Obama and Republican presidential candidate, Mitt Romney, make their appeals to the middle class.

River to River
1:41 pm
Tue July 10, 2012

Summer Series: Border Towns

Pete Zarria / flickr
IPR

Our summer series continues into the noon hour on "River to River". We are examining communities along our state’s border and the challenges businesses face in these areas. On today's "River to River", we take a look at the challenges businesses in the Quad Cities and Sioux City face in economic development when competing with Illinois and South Dakota tax structures.

River to River
1:25 pm
Mon July 9, 2012

Iowa University Presidents: ISU and UNI

Iowa public universities continue to face difficult decisions such as financial backing and enrollment. IPR’s Dean Borg talks with Iowa State University President Steven Leath and President Ben Allen from the University of Northern Iowa about challenges they face including program closings, financial backing, and future plans for their schools.

River to River
2:07 pm
Tue June 12, 2012

Politics Day: Political Gaffes

On Politics Day, IPR’s Dean Borg talks with two political scientists, Bruce Nesmith from Coe College and Donna Hoffman from the University of Northern Iowa, about the current strategies of President Obama and Republican Mitt Romney including the recent political gaffes and how the incidents may impact the candidates. Later on, Dean talks about the potential influence Ron Paul could have in Iowa’s Republican party in light of the coming GOP state convention.

Health
8:30 am
Mon June 4, 2012

Growing need for physician assistants prompts new training program

        In the Quad Cities, Davenport’s St. Ambrose University will soon be opening a new program for training physician assistants.
      The job market is good for the female-dominated profession, but class sizes are limited.

Politics
3:12 pm
Wed May 30, 2012

Ben Lange and Rod Blum both hope to represent GOP in 1st District Congressional race

Yard signs for both Rod Blum and Ben Lange are common sights in the new first district
Dean Borg/IPR

In next Tuesday’s primary election, two Republicans are seeking the party’s First District Congressional nomination. Independence attorney Ben Lange and Dubuque businessman Rod Blum are campaigning for a chance at denying incumbent  Democrat Bruce Braley a fourth term representing the newly-configured northeast Iowa district.

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Business
3:22 am
Wed May 9, 2012

Iowa Community Preserves Short Line Rail Track

Originally published on Wed May 9, 2012 4:17 am

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DAVID GREENE, HOST:

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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Business
7:00 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Digital Upgrades Threaten Small Town Theatres

The theater in Forest City is one small town cinema that closed due to digital conversion costs.
IPR/Dean Borg

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.

River to River
11:00 pm
Wed March 14, 2012

Consul of Canada and Senator Tom Harkin

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.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun February 19, 2012

National Guard 132nd Fighter Wing, New Navy Ships, USS Iowa Update

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.

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