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Katherine Perkins has done various jobs at IPR member stations since 1999. She is now Executive Producer for Talk Shows. As part of her job she is responsible for long-term planning and oversight for Talk of Iowa and River to River. She continues to produce the weekly political discussion and legislative shows hosted from the Iowa Statehouse. But, mostly she tries to stay out of the way of the hosts and producers, so they can continue to produce great programs. Before she assumed Executive Producer duties, Katherine was a talk show producer, researching topics, developing content and booking guests for Talk of Iowa and River to River, a role she has performed since 2007. Katherine’s reporting and producing have won statewide and national recognition. She’s spent her entire career (almost 20 years) in public media, starting as a student reporter and weekend anchor for WSIU in Carbondale, IL
Katherine has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from University of Illinois – Springfield, formerly Sangamon State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in radio-television from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.
Katherine’s favorite public radio program is This American Life.