Iowa Public Television actually began in Iowa in 1967 when the State Educational Radio and Television Facility Board was created and charged with developing a state network to broadcast educational programs. The board was composed of nine members selected in the following manner: three members appointed by the State Board of Regents, three members appointed by the State Board of Education, and three members appointed by the governor, at least one of whom was to be from a private four-year college or university.
- IPTV premiered This Old Statehouse, Iowa's first program videotaped and edited in HDTV.
- IPTV provided Fair coverage for the 30th consecutive year.
- College Wrestling marked its 25th season.
- Friends of Iowa Public Television officially became an independent organization, The Iowa Public Television Foundation, on July 1, 2001.
- The Iowa Public Television Foundation received a $1.4 million gift from the estate of Mrs. Betty Camp to be used for the Foundation's endowment.
- IPTV profiles Iowa students' volunteer activities during ZOOM, a national children's program.
- Insight Iowa, a program created in response to viewer feedback following the September 11 attacks, debuts. It features issues currently on the minds of Iowans.
- KDIN-DT in central Iowa was the first television station in the state to broadcast digitally on August 9.
- Iowa Public Television broadcast the Iowa State High School Wrestling Championships for the 31st and final time in February. Broadcast rights were awarded to commercial television for the following year.
- Iowa Public Television was the first television network in the state to broadcast a live local HD broadcast, with coverage of the Iowa State Fair Parade. We also provided this exclusive live, local HD coverage in 2003 and 2004.
- Iowa Public Television broadcast the Iowa High School Volleyball finals in 2002, then took a hiatus as broadcast rights were awarded to commercial television for the following years. Iowa Public Television again began broadcast of these finals in 2006.
- Iowa Public Television hosted Volunteer Iowa, the nation's first-ever volunteer pledge drive. This drive, aimed at encouraging Iowans to volunteer hours of service for 2003, resulted in more than 419,000 hours of service pledged.
- KQIN, Davenport, Channel 36, began broadcasting, bringing the number of analog transmitters to 9.
- KRIN-DT, Waterloo/Cedar Rapids, began broadcasting digitally November 7.
- The Board of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting held its second-quarter board meeting in Des Moines, and issued a proclamation honoring IPTV for 35 years of service to Iowans.
- In partnership with the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, the network hosted IPTV Kids Weekend at the Zoo in June.
- KSIN-DT, Sioux City, began broadcasting digitally July 1.
- The network celebrated its 35th anniversary with a performance by Mark Russell, a donor recognition dinner, and by hosting IPTV Day at the Fair at the 150th annual Iowa State Fair.
- IPTV and Drake University hosted a preview screening of The Cost of Freedom: Civil Liberties, Security, and the USA PATRIOT Act on September 21, with a discussion from the program's producer following the program. More than 180 people attended the screening.
- IPTV hosted the 10th annual Iowa DTV Symposium for television professionals across the country October 5, 6, and 7 in Des Moines.
- IPTV hosted an exclusive premiere of Henry A. Wallace, the network's one-hour documentary, at Pioneer Hi-Bred's international headquarters in Johnston in October.
- Iowa Public Television hosted listening sessions with viewers in Cedar Rapids, Iowa to hear their feedback about our local programming in December.
- Iowa Public Television hosted a kick-off event for Aging Out in Iowa to expand awareness about foster care in December.
- In partnership with AARP, IPTV hosted 60 audience members for a very special evening with Dr. Elizabeth Harper Neeld and the taping of Seven Choices for Healing Grief in December.
- IPTV welcomed viewers to a live studio recording of The Terrace Hill Piano Competition in our studio in February.
- IPTV recorded the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony, and distributed flyers and Advance program guides in the lobby prior to the performance on February 5.
- KIIN-DT, Iowa City, began broadcasting digitally at low power February 2.
- IPTV hosted 500 people in our studio for a taping of a special by big band leader Hunter Fuerste in April.
- IPTV recorded the Quad City Orchestra, and IPTV distributed flyers and Advance program guides in the lobby prior to the program in April.
- Viewers in Sioux City had an opportunity to provide important feedback on IPTV's services during a listening session there April 25.
- Dan Wardell, host of the IPTV Kids Clubhouse, traveled to Burlington, IA to take part in Teach Children to Save Day in April.
- KBIN-DT, Council Bluffs, began broadcasting digitally May 4.
- KTIN-DT, Fort Dodge, began broadcasting digitally at low power
- During the summer school recess, IPTV partners with the State Library of Iowa and Iowa's 572 public libraries throughout the state and some bookstores to encourage year-round reading.
- IPTV hosts events on the ICN, based on books.
- Pat Mitchell, president and CEO of PBS, visited Iowa for a public town hall meeting, A Conversation with Pat Mitchell, in Des Moines, on June 30.
- IPTV hosted several high school students, as well as Virginia Governor Mark Warner and Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack for the program Redesigning the American High School, recorded at IPTV with a panel of education experts, on June 9.
- IPTV and Mediacom officially announced a partnership for the IPTV Kids Channel on Mediacom Cable Channel 18 in Central Iowa, and Mediacom carriage of IPTV's HD channel in Des Moines and Cedar Rapids in August.
- KHIN-DT, Red Oak, began broadcasting digitally August 19.
IPTV hosted the first-ever IPTV Day at the Clay County Fair September 16 in Spencer, IA.
- IPTV hosted David Fanning, producer of Frontline, for several events, including a major donor luncheon, speech to the Des Moines Rotary Club, meetings with Drake and Iowa State students, and meeting with the editorial board, September 29 and 30.
- IPTV hosted Rebecca Eaton, producer of Mystery! and Masterpiece Theatre, for several events in Eastern Iowa in October.
- In partnership with Children and Families of Iowa, IPTV encouraged viewers to increase their awareness of domestic abuse or call the Iowa domestic abuse hotline following Breaking the Silence: Children's Stories in October.
- Iowa Public Television hosted listening sessions with viewers in Atlantic, Iowa to hear their feedback about our local programming in November.
- The Iowa Children's Museum and IPTV hosted a Big Big World Premiere Party in Coralville, IA for more than 300 kids and families on January 2.
- January 15, Iowa Public Television hosted a one-hour live broadcast aimed at collecting pledges of volunteer hours for 2006. Viewers from across the state pledged more than 1.5 million hours of service for 2006.
- January 27, IPTV presented a brief preview of African American Lives at Living in Legacy, an I’ll Make Me a World in Iowa Gala Reception.
- February 7, IPTV hosted a screening event in partnership with the African American Historical Museum and Cultural Center of Iowa in Cedar Rapids.
- February 8, IPTV hosted a luncheon and digital television demonstration for legislators and legislative staffers at the state capitol. Special guests included Dan Gable, Jim Gibbons, Dean Borg, and Mark Pearson.
- March 8, IPTV participated in a luncheon celebrating the Partnership for Healthy Kids at the Iowa state capitol. Dan Wardell participated in getting kids moving as a demonstration of the importance of physical fitness.
- KYIN-DT, Mason City, began broadcasting digitally at low power March 22.
- Tuesday, April 11, Lionel Lion from Between the Lions and Dan Wardell hosted storytime for students at Plymouth Nursery School in Des Moines.
- Wednesday, April 12, Lionel Lion from Between the Lions and Dan Wardell hosted storytime for students at Emerson Hough Elementary School in Newton, Iowa, and for students at Grimes Elementary School in Grimes, Iowa.
- Thursday, April 13, Lionel Lion from Between the Lions and Dan Wardell hosted storytime and educational events for preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders during IPTV Day at the Library at the new Des Moines Central Library.
- Thursday, April 13, IPTV hosted viewers for a screening of Iowa's World War II Stories during IPTV Day at the Library at the new Des Moines Central Library. The screening included a discussion with the producer, and three individuals featured in the program.
- Tuesday, May 2, IPTV hosted IPTV Day at the Council Bluffs Public Library, and visited Hinton School with Dan Wardell and Leona Lion from Between the Lions.
- Wednesday, May 3, IPTV hosted IPTV Day at the Sioux City Public Library's Morningside Branch, and visited Washington Elementary School in Sioux City with Dan Wardell and Leona Lion from Between the Lions.
- Tuesday, June 6, Iowa Public Television began a summer-long initiative as media sponsors of the Jordan Creek Town Centre's Family Fun Nights. Each Tuesday through August 29, IPTV welcomed families with giveaways, discussions with viewers, and coloring sheets. The first Tuesday of every month, Dan Wardell made an appearance for a meet and greet.
- June 3, IPTV hosted IPTV Day at the Blank Park Zoo. We distributed special Day at the Zoo bags, Arthur was there, and Dan Wardell did story time for the kids in attendance.
- IPTV, the Iowa End of Life Care Coalition, The American Cancer Society and the Heart Connection worked in partnership to bring together those dealing with pediatric cancer. 15 screening and discussion group sessions were held throughout the state in June. Before and after each broadcast of A Lion in the House, host Morgan Halgren invited viewers to call the Iowa hotline for resource and referral information.
- On Monday, July 2, IPTV and the Cedar Rapids Kernels baseball team hosted Red Green Day at the Kernels. We welcomed the crowd, threw out the first pitch, and sold Red Green merchandise. Following the game, the Kernels showed "Duct Tape Forever."
- Dan Wardell represented IPTV at Business Horizons Camp as a mentor and counselor July 16-21.
- IPTV welcomed nearly 50,000 visitors to its booth at the Iowa State Fair August 10 - 20. IPTV participated in the Iowa State Fair parade with an entry promoting Clifford the Big Red Dog and an entry promoting a documentary about the parade grand marshal, Bill Riley, on August 9.
- Tuesday, August 29, IPTV and Making Connections Des Moines co-hosted a premiere screening event for P.O.V.: Waging a Living at Mercy College of Health Sciences. 140 people attended and participated in breakout sessions on policy, education and vocational training, access to better paying jobs, and affordable health care.
- IPTV hosted IPTV Day at the Clay County Fair on September 15. Walt Hackney, an analyst from Market to Market, gave remarks, as did Bill Hayes, IPTV's director of engineering. Hayes talked about IPTV's digital television transition. Dan Wardell hosted hundreds of area kids for story time.
- September 28 and 29, Mary Bracken attended an Eyes on the Prize screening at the Black Women's Leadership Conference in Cedar Rapids.
- September 28, IPTV hosted a panel discussion and screening of Remaking American Medicine with Iowa Health Systems and the Iowa Foundation for Medical Care.
- Dan Wardell walked in a "Healthy Kids" parade in partnership with Hanawalt Elementary School in Des Moines on September 29.