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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

Send us your pictures of 45 items

IPTV turns 45 years old this year and to celebrate we want kids to show us their 45! Take a picture of your child with 45 of something -- 45 pennies, 45 basketballs, 45 blocks, just have them use their imagination! Email us your 45 pictures at IPTVclubhouse@iptv.org, and we’ll share our favorites with all of you throughout our birthday year!

You can also visit IPTV's Flickr account to see all of the pictures we receive. 


Join IPTV on our Rhine River Cruise this October

To know the Rhine River is to know Europe. Running from the Swiss Alps through Germany, this vital waterway extends through one of the most historic and dramatic regions in all of Europe. Join Friends of IPTV October 4-12, 2014 as this historically important and visually stunning river provides the perfect “highway” from which to explore the heart of the Old World. Relax on the observation deck of your cruise ship (a 4-star hotel that comes along with you) and watch the fairytale landscapes, vineyards, castles, and towns of Holland, Germany and France drift... Read more...

Join IPTV at A Day Out with Thomas!

Join IPTV on Saturday, September 13 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. when Thomas, the PBS KIDS storybook engine, chugs his way to the Boone & Scenic Valley Railroad & Museum in Boone. Enjoy a 25-minute ride with Thomas and meet Sir Topham Hatt. Live music, crafts and three story times with Dan Wardell, host of the IPTV Kids Clubhouse, at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m. make this a fun-filled day.

Tickets to ride the Thomas train are $19 for everyone two years and older but Kids Club members get a $3 discount per ticket. To get the discount code or for more information call (800)... Read more...

"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...

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.