Central College News

Iowa Public Radio reporter to speak at Writers Reading

November 8, 2012

The Central College Writers Reading series will host Rob Dillard, a Des Moines based correspondent for Iowa Public Radio (IPR).

Joining IPR in 2001, Dillard was the host of “The Morning Edition” before moving to reporting in 2007. In 2011, he began the ongoing series, “Being in Iowa.” The series has taken him across Iowa to shed light on Muslims, military veterans, Latinos and the physically disabled. The show has won awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association and the Northwest Broadcast News Association. Dillard has also taught news writing at Central.

Unlike other Writers Reading sessions, Dillard will be playing snippets of his writing as recorded on IPR, particularly his “Being in Iowa” series.

“As he plays each, he’ll put them in context and talk about the challenges of writing for radio as opposed to print,” said Natalie Hutchinson, coordinator of the Writers Reading series.

The Geisler Library Writers Reading Series was established in 1987 to promote an appreciation of books and their authors. The series features locally, nationally and internationally known writers who read and discuss their works. The reading is free and open to the public.

Dillard will be on campus Nov. 29 and will speak in the Geisler Reading Room at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.