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Iowa Public Television Foundation Board

The Iowa Public Television Foundation Board is the governing body of the Iowa Public Television Foundation. The Foundation is a separate, nonprofit, fundraising entity that aims to foster giving to Iowa Public Television.  

Board members are selected from all areas of the state and several disciplines, and are approved by current Board members. The Board is responsible for oversight of Foundation policies, budgets, financials, and the President/CEO of the Iowa Public Television Foundation.

Iowa Public Television Foundation Board of Directors

  • Chair: Mary Kramer, Clive
  • Vice Chair: Cindy Burchett, Harlan
  • Secretary: David Stark, Des Moines
  • Treasurer: Kip Albertson, Des Moines
  • Past Chair: Jane Bomgaars, Sioux City

Board Members

  • John Paul Besong, Cedar Rapids
  • William Brown, Leon
  • John Cotton, Spencer
  • Kenneth Croken, Davenport
  • Corine A. Hadley, Newton
  • Diane Crookham-Johnson, Oskaloosa
  • Timothy V. Haight, Johnston
  • Kevin W. Krause, West Des Moines
  • Susan McDermott, Cedar Rapids
  • Bill Tubbs, Eldridge
  • Cathie Whiteside, Moline, IL
  • Chuck Smith, Council Bluffs

Ex-Officio Members

  • Betty Jean Furgerson, Cedar Rapids
  • Gary Steinke, Des Moines
  • Molly Phillips, Johnston

News From Friends

"Iowa Press" Host Dean Borg receives prestigious award

On March 31, 2012, longtime Iowa Press host Dean Borg received the prestigious 2012 Mitchell V. Charnley Award, the highest honor given by the Northwest Broadcast News Association. The NBNA is the oldest regional broadcast news organization in the U.S. and represents radio and TV journalists in six Midwest states. Dean was recognized “not only for the good work you do, but for the high standards of journalism practice you set for us all.” This video is a look at Dean’s illustrious career so... Read more...

IPTV offers free apps for low-income communities

Bridging the “App Gap” in Iowa Communities

Iowa Public Television, PBS KIDS, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting to work with local partners to offer mobile learning content to children in low-income communities


(Johnston, Iowa) – As a leader in the use of media to advance early learning and school-readiness, Iowa Public Television is working with local partners to provide free educational apps to families in Iowa’s underserved communities. The goal is to give preschool-aged children from low-income families access to PBS KIDS mobile apps at no cost via local community... Read more...

IPTV's 36th Season of College Wrestling - Schedule Announced

(Johnston, Iowa) – Iowa Public Television has announced its schedule for the 36th season of College Wrestling coverage on the statewide television network. The first meet of the season will feature live coverage of a top-notch match-up as the Oklahoma State Cowboys take on the Iowa Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Saturday, January 7 at 7 p.m.  


IPTV Staff Recognized with Emmy Nominations

Iowa Public Television Staff Recognized with Regional Emmy Nominations

Local programming recognized for excellence

(Johnston, Iowa)  -- The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences – Upper Midwest Chapter has announced nominations for the 2011 Upper Midwest Emmy Awards. Iowa Public Television staff members nominated for these prestigious awards... Read more...

"Fair 2011" Coverage Another Viewer Favorite


Online and broadcast audiences grew by thousands over last year

JOHNSTON, IA – On Wednesday, August 17, viewers in tens of thousands of central Iowa households watched Iowa Public Television’s Fair 2011 program – tying for the first-place spot in a recent coincidental study by Nielsen Media Research. This year’s viewership numbers represent an increase of 4,000 households. The study sampled the Des Moines-Ames market.... Read more...

Friends/The Iowa Public Television Foundation

Created in 1969, Friends/The Iowa Public Television Foundation is committed to the development, growth and support of IPTV through the building of a strong statewide membership base. Our members provide nearly 90% of the out-of-pocket costs of acquiring and producing general audience programming. Because 65,000 households across Iowa and its bordering states contribute to Friends, Iowa Public Television programming continues to educate, enlighten and entertain.