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IPR Welcomes Myrna Johnson

Myrna Johnson
IPR Welcomes Myrna Johnson

Please join Iowa Public Radio's new Executive Director, Myrna Johnson, for an open house and LIVE Studio One broadcast with Iowa roots and Americana band, Brother Trucker!

April 10, 2014 
Open House: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
LIVE Studio One Broadcast: 7:15 p.m. 

Iowa Public Radio
Third Floor Communication Arts Center
University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls
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FREE and open to the public! 

Iowa Public Radio welcomes Myrna Johnson to the position of Executive Director. Johnson will be based in Des Moines and will manage the statewide media organization, including 73 employees, 24 terrestrial radio signals and 9 HD radio signals. 

Listeners and community members can reach Myrna via email or by calling her at 800-861-8000. A variety of community open houses are being planned throughout Iowa; check back here for more information. 
“It is exciting to have this opportunity to come back to my home state to run Iowa Public Radio,” Johnson says. “I am so impressed with the public radio service that IPR provides, and I look forward to working with the outstanding IPR team to increase our reach and make an excellent service even better.”    
Myrna has over 30 years of experience as a non-profit professional, including eight years in the government affairs office of National Public Radio, and service on the board of directors of KUNC-FM in Greeley, Colorado.  While at KUNC, Myrna played a significant role in KUNC’s successful 20-day $2 million campaign to purchase KUNC’s license from the University of Northern Colorado.  Prior to joining IPR in January 2014, Myrna built and led the government affairs office of the Outdoor Industry Association and served as executive director of the Boston Schoolyard Initiative, a major initiative by the City of Boston to revitalize and green Boston's schoolyards.  Johnson grew up in Ruthven, a rural community in northwest Iowa.  She has a B.A. from Wartburg College and a master’s degree in public administration from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government.

Previous Open Houses

  • Iowa City -- February 21, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the IPR Studios (710 S Clinton Street, Iowa City)
  • Ames -- March 18, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Memorial Union Oak Room, ISU
  • Des Moines -- March 20, 2014, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the IPR Studios (2111 Grand Ave, Ste. 100, Des Moines)