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.


Jun 20, 2010

Nearly three thousand Iowa National Guard soldiers are preparing for a mission to Afghanistan later this summer. The Guard is also deploying members of the media to a training facility in Minnesota to help them understand some of the skills the troops must learn before they leave..Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank was one of those invited and has this report.

Sight for Soldiers

Jun 6, 2010

When nearly three thousand Iowa Army National Guard soldiers deploy to Afghanistan in August, they will be in an environment unlike anything most have experienced. They could encounter dangerous situations in which being able to see well could mean the difference between life and death. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank tells us about a program that allows the soldiers to perform tasks without the burden of contact lenses or glasses.

Dalai Lama visits UNI

May 17, 2010

Three or four Tibetan students typically study at the University of Northern Iowa each year as part of a program involving about a dozen universities.. This week not only are the students on campus, so is the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhists, the Dalai Lama.. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

The Dalai Lama has accepted an invitation from the University of Northern Iowa to visit campus for a day of celebrating education and the pursuit of knowledge. That day is Tuesday May 18th. A planning committee has been hard at work since September of 2008 preparing for the visit. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with UNI's director of public safety Dave Zarfis. He says the number of law enforcement officers needed to handle the event is four times that of a Presidential visit.

The Iowa Army National Guard believes it’s deployment of nearly three thousand soldiers to Afghanistan later this summer will have an impact on nearly every community across the state, so they’re holding a series of town hall meetings to provide information and answer questions…Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank attended last night’s meeting in Waterloo.

In a White House ceremony tomorrow, President Obama will name Iowa teacher Sarah Brown Wessling of Johnston, National Teacher of the Year. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank talks with her by phone from Washington DC.

Agri-Star Rising

Apr 21, 2010

After a long stretch of dark days, Iowa cattle farmers and residents of Postville say they have a reason to be optimistic. That’s because kosher beef production has resumed at Agri-Star Meat and Poultry. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

Panther Pride

Mar 16, 2010

For the first time in school history, the University of Northern Iowa men’s and women’s basketball teams are in the N-C-A-A tournament. Iowa Public Radio’s Pat Blank reports.

Green Iowa Americorps

Mar 15, 2010

A group known as Green Iowa Americorps (Ameri-core), paid with federal grant money, has been busy in Cedar Rapids and Cedar Falls for the past 18 months working on flood recovery projects. While similar organizations have left the state, these teens and 20-somethings from all over the country are still here. Iowa Public Radio's Pat Blank reports this past weekend their focus was on saving energy.