Pat Blank

All Things Considered Host

Pat Blank has been with Iowa Public Radio for 27 years. She was hired as a reporter and eventually was chosen to host Morning Edition at the Cedar Falls studios in 1986.  She has been host of All Things Considered since 1995. She is a nationally award-winning reporter who has also worked in commercial radio and television. Pat has served as a part-time instructor at Wartburg College and at the University of Northern Iowa, where she teaches journalism classes.  She is on the Board of Control for UNI’s student run radio station, KULT. She is currently serving a second term on the  Iowa Archives of Broadcasting National Advisory Board. Most recently, Pat was honored by receiving the Jack Shelley Award for Broadcast Excellence, in 2014.

Pat has a bachelor’s degree in radio-television broadcasting from the University of Northern Iowa.

Pat's favorite public radio program is This American Life.

An Eastern Iowa Army Reserve soldier will be part of a large reemlistment ceremony tomorrow in Washington D.C Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with Specialist Seth Pettit of Cedar Rapids.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s perspective plantings report released late last month predicts farmers will plant 92 point two million acres of corn nationwide this spring, the second highest in history. Iowa is the largest corn producing state, so that means by the time the crop is ready for harvest, those extra millions of bushels will need a place to be stored. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports many producers are opting to keep the grain close to home.

Eagle cam

Mar 29, 2011

At some point this week, three American bald eagle eggs in a nest in Northeast Iowa are expected to hatch with an audience of thousands. It’s possible through a so-called eagle cam set up by Bob Anderson, Director of the Raptor Resource project in Decorah. He speaks with Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank.

Instead of a multi-day event tomorrow’s inauguration of Terry Branstad as Iowa’s Governor will run about a day and a half if you count the twilight hours of the ball. And it will be a rather modest affair ...about 300 thousand dollars. But even the most simple ceremony needs an event planner.. and the woman in charge of this one has been through it before. Her name is Camille Valley and Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank caught up her by phone earlier this afternoon.