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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: Jane Bomgaars, Sioux City
- Vice Chair: Charles Ruhl, Jr., Davenport
- Secretary: Mary Kramer, Clive
- Treasurer: Dan Kelly, Des Moines
- Past Chair: Jim Stanton, Clear Lake
- Kip Albertson, Des Moines
- Pat Allen, Cedar Falls
- John Paul Besong, Cedar Rapids
- Jane Bomgaars, Sioux City
- William Brown, Leon
- Cindy Burchett, Harlan
- Joy Corning, Des Moines
- John Cotton, Spencer
- Kenneth Croken, Davenport
- Corine A. Hadley, Newton
- Timothy V. Haight, Johnston
- Robert E. Jester, Des Moines
- Dan Kelly, Des Moines
- Mary Kramer, Clive
- Kevin W. Krause, West Des Moines
- Charles A. Ruhl, Jr., Davenport
- Jim Stanton, Clear Lake
- David Stark, Des Moines
- Dorotha Sundquist, Independence
- Bill Tubbs, Eldridge
- Cathie Whiteside, Moline, IL
- Peggy Whitworth, Cedar Rapids
- Betty Jean Furgerson, Cedar Rapids
- Robert W. Hall, Harlan
- Daniel K. Miller, Des Moines
News From Friends
THOMAS & FRIENDS JOINS PBS KIDS’ WEEKDAY SCHEDULE
Top-Rated Series to Air Monday-Friday Beginning in October
Miami, FL, May 15, 2013 – Today at PBS’ Annual Meeting with its member stations, PBS KIDS announced that THOMAS & FRIENDS will move to its daily schedule starting on October 7, 2013 (check local listings). This will move THOMAS & FRIENDS from weekend syndication to a national distribution, where its coverage will reach over 95 million households each month.* THOMAS & FRIENDS is produced by HIT Entertainment, in association with THIRTEEN for... Read more...
Iowa Public Television Names Kristen Gray
Director of Communications
Iowa native begins work at the statewide network May 24
(Johnston, Iowa) – Iowa Public Television today announced that Kristen Gray of Ankeny will be the network’s next Director of Communications. Gray had previously been with The Principal Financial Group, Gannett, and The Des Moines... Read more...
Reading Road Trip Schedule for 2013
Monday, June 3
Clarinda 10 a.m.
Corning 1 p.m.
Tuesday, June 4
Waverly 2 & 3 p.m.
Wednesday, June 5
Walnut 10 a.m.
Redfield 1 p.m.
Thursday, June 6
Marshalltown 9:15 & 10:15 a.m.
Montezuma 1 p.m.
Friday, June 7
Council Bluffs 9 & 10 a.m.
Sidney 1 p.m.
Monday, June 10
Newton 9:30 & 10:30 a.m.
Pella 1 & 2 p.m.
Albia 4:30... Read more...
Join IPTV December 11-19 as we travel to Germany, France and Austria on our Classic Christmas Markets tour.
During this 9-day tour you’ll sip mulled wine and collect unique handicrafts, hand-made ornaments and toys at some of the largest and most famous Christmas markets in Europe. You’ll visit the traditional Alpine village of Oberammergau and bask in holiday cheer as you stroll along the cobblestone streets of Innsbruck. Historic, medieval Nuremberg, Wurzburg and Rothenberg, some of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe, offer another unique holiday experience. Join us as we experience the holiday spirit in Germany, Austria and France, where the tradition of “Christkindlesmarkts” began over 600 years... Read more...
IPTV’s KDIN is Most-Watched Public Television Station in the Nation for Second Straight Ratings Period
(Johnston, Iowa)— Iowa Public Television’s KDIN (Channel 11) in the Des Moines-Ames market is the most-watched public television station in the country, according to Nielsen Media Research and TRAC Media Services. KDIN ranked #1 in both the February and May 2012 sweeps... 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.