Pat Blank

All Things Considered Host

Pat Blank has been with Iowa Public Radio for 24 years. She was hired as a reporter and eventually was chosen to host Morning Edition at the Cedar Falls studios in 1986.  She has been host of All Things Considered since 1995. She is a nationally award winning reporter who has also worked in commercial radio and television. Pat has served as a part-time instructor at Wartburg College and at the University of Northern Iowa where she teaches journalism classes.  She is on the Board of Control for UNI’s student run radio station KULT. She is currently serving a second term on the  Iowa Archives of Broadcasting National Advisory Board.

Pat has a bachelor’s degree in radio-television broadcasting from the University of Northern Iowa.

Pat's favorite public radio program is This American Life.

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Soldier reenlistment ceremony
11:00 pm
Tue April 19, 2011

Soldier reenlistment ceremony

An Eastern Iowa Army Reserve soldier will be part of a large reemlistment ceremony tomorrow in Washington D.C Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with Specialist Seth Pettit of Cedar Rapids.

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Crop prices increase corn storage...
11:00 pm
Tue April 12, 2011

Crop prices increase corn storage in Iowa

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s perspective plantings report released late last month predicts farmers will plant 92 point two million acres of corn nationwide this spring, the second highest in history. Iowa is the largest corn producing state, so that means by the time the crop is ready for harvest, those extra millions of bushels will need a place to be stored. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports many producers are opting to keep the grain close to home.

Eagle cam
4:00 am
Tue March 29, 2011

Eagle cam

At some point this week, three American bald eagle eggs in a nest in Northeast Iowa are expected to hatch with an audience of thousands. It’s possible through a so-called eagle cam set up by Bob Anderson, Director of the Raptor Resource project in Decorah. He speaks with Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank.

News
11:00 pm
Wed January 12, 2011

Inauguration behind the scenes

Instead of a multi-day event tomorrow’s inauguration of Terry Branstad as Iowa’s Governor will run about a day and a half if you count the twilight hours of the ball. And it will be a rather modest affair ...about 300 thousand dollars. But even the most simple ceremony needs an event planner.. and the woman in charge of this one has been through it before. Her name is Camille Valley and Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank caught up her by phone earlier this afternoon. 

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News
11:00 pm
Sun October 17, 2010

First District Race

The race for Iowa’s First Congressional District pits a young lawyer from Independence against a two term incumbent from Waterloo. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank has this profile.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed October 6, 2010

Sour Milk

On paper it looked like a wonderful opportunity…Dutch dairy farmers faced with high priced land, over production and strict regulations could move to the United States. In return, the areas in which they located would see an economic boost and a cultural enrichment. But in reality, the project in at least four states including Iowa has turned sour and no one is sure why. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue October 5, 2010

Joan Becker speaks out

In June of 2009, Joan Becker’s son Mark shot and killed Aplington-Parkersburg football coach Ed Thomas. For several weeks this year, the Becker and Thomas families were in the spotlight as Mark went on trial and was convicted of first degree murder. Psychiatrists who testified at the trial diagnosed him with schizophrenia. Once the trial was over, Joan Becker could have disappeared from the public eye, instead she’s speaking out about mental illness. She talks with IPR’s Pat Blank

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News
11:00 pm
Tue August 31, 2010

Tractor Rides

Organizers of The Farm Progress show underway near Boone are boasting that one the exhibits is Big Bud the World's Largest Tractor. Even so, a growing number of agriculture enthusiasts are content to remember the good old days when tractors could share the road with other vehicles. Iowa Public Radios Pat Blank reports.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun August 22, 2010

Iowa Teacher of the Year

A teacher from the Des Moines suburb of Waukee was today named Iowa Teacher of the Year. Molly Boyle is currently teaching third grade. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank caught up with her as she left her classroom for the day.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue July 27, 2010

Missouri River public meetings

The US Army Corps of Engineers is holding a series of public meetings to determine if changes are warranted to the way the Missouri River is being used. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with the Public Affairs officer for the Corp's Omaha office, Paul Johnston who says the meetings are part of a first- ever review of the 1944 legislation that created the dams and reservoirs of the Missouri River system...

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News
11:00 pm
Sun July 25, 2010

Lake Delhi resident recounts wall of water

What once was Lake Delhi in Northeast Iowa today is a muddy creek after floodwater from the Maquoketa River Saturday ate a 30 foot hole in the earthen portion of a dam releasing the water much like pulling the plug on a bathtub. Jeff Conrad has a vacation home on the lake, he tells Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank that he and his family watched as the surge came and went changing the landscape forever.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 22, 2010

Love of Iowa

In the recently released novel "What Cheer", the main character finds love in Iowa. Inspired by his leading man, the author, Zachary Michael Jack is now on a quest to perhaps create his own "happily ever after." Iowa Public Radio's Blank reports

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Business and Economy
11:00 pm
Wed July 7, 2010

China's labor shortage hits home

Soaring labor costs in China and a strengthening Chinese currency that makes exports more expensive is being felt in Iowa. Products, especially electronic components are becoming harder to get and in some cases are slowing the progress of building projects. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with Des Moines architect Tim Hickman about how China's economy and the economic climate of other countries factors into the budget of projects here.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun July 4, 2010

Bellevue parade tragedy

Officials in the eastern Iowa town of Bellevue are trying to sort out the events that led to one person being killed and another two dozen injuries during the annual Fourth of July parade. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank reports (IPR's Dean Borg provided audio).

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Agriculture and Harvest Public Media
11:00 pm
Mon June 28, 2010

Fair weather crops

The effects of severe weather over the weekend continue to be felt today (Tuesday) with wind damage and heavy rain in Northwest Iowa and potential flooding in Central Iowa. Thousands of acres of cropland are underwater in Western Iowa and will not be able to be salvaged, but for farmers in other parts of the state, this week’s sunshine and low humidity is a welcome break. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank talks with Iowa State University extension agronomist Mark Westgate.

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News
11:00 pm
Wed June 23, 2010

Dumont evacuation

Governor Chet Culver has added Franklin County to a disaster empergency proclamation because of severe weather. The county was added today after powerful storms hit North Iowa with heavy rains and caused flash flooding. Residents of Butler County are also feeling the affects of the severe weather. 60 of the 600 residents of Dumont have been forced from their homes after the river that runs though their town spilled over its banks. Butler County Emergency Services Director Mitch Nordmeyer talks with Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun June 20, 2010

Embedded

Nearly three thousand Iowa National Guard soldiers are preparing for a mission to Afghanistan later this summer. The Guard is also deploying members of the media to a training facility in Minnesota to help them understand some of the skills the troops must learn before they leave..Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank was one of those invited and has this report.

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News
11:00 pm
Sun June 6, 2010

Sight for Soldiers

When nearly three thousand Iowa Army National Guard soldiers deploy to Afghanistan in August, they will be in an environment unlike anything most have experienced. They could encounter dangerous situations in which being able to see well could mean the difference between life and death. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank tells us about a program that allows the soldiers to perform tasks without the burden of contact lenses or glasses.

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