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Katherine Perkins

News/Talk Program Director

Katherine Perkins has done various jobs at IPR member stations since 1999. She is now Program Director for News/Talk and Executive Producer for Talk Shows. As part of her job she is responsible for managing the sound of the news and information stream on IPR and long-term planning and oversight for Talk of Iowa and River to River. She oversees the broadcast schedule for the news and information stations that are part of IPR. She also continues to produce talk shows, but mostly tries to stay out of the way of the hosts and producers, so they can continue to do great work.

Before she assumed Executive Producer duties, Katherine was a talk show producer, researching topics, developing content and booking guests for Talk of Iowa and River to River, a role she has performed since 2007. Before that, she was a host and reporter. Katherine’s reporting and producing have won statewide and national recognition. She’s spent her entire career (more than 20 years) in public media, starting as a student reporter and weekend anchor for WSIU in Carbondale, IL.

Katherine has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from University of Illinois – Springfield, formerly Sangamon State University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in radio-television from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale.

Contact Katherine at kperkins@iowapublicradio.org.