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Clay Masters

Host: Morning Edition

Clay Masters is Iowa Public Radio’s Morning Edition host and lead political reporter.

Clay joined the Iowa Public Radio newsroom as a statehouse correspondent in 2012 and started hosting Morning Edition in 2014. He began covering presidential politics in Iowa his first week on the job and created the IPR podcast Caucus Land in 2019, which he co-hosted and which won a regional large market Edward R. Murrow award. Clay is an award-winning journalist whose reporting has appeared on various NPR and American Public Media broadcasts and podcasts.

He was one of the founding journalists of Harvest Public Media. Clay began his public media career in his native Nebraska where he covered agriculture and food production for Nebraska Public Media.

Clay has a bachelor’s of journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

You can contact Clay at cmasters@iowapublicradio.org.

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