Bob Beck

News Director

Phone: 307-766-6626
Email: btwo@uwyo.edu 

Bob Beck has been News Director of Wyoming Public Radio since 1988.  During his time as News Director WPR has won 94 national, regional and state news awards.  Bob has received the WEA School Bell Award for education reporting and was honored by the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving for his reporting.  He was also the voice of an Emmy award winning documentary on memory.  He has covered the Wyoming Legislature longer than any broadcaster in the state and is a frequent political guest and host on Wyoming PBS.   

Bob also taught broadcast news at the University of Wyoming for 20 years and his 1998 television reporting class won a regional Emmy for reporting excellence.  He also was twice given a Top Prof award by the UW Mortar Board.   Bob is also active in community events and co-chaired the 2009 Albany County United Way Campaign with his wife Debra. 

Prior to coming to WPR, Bob worked as a News and Sportscaster at stations in Wyoming and Illinois.  He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Radio-Television from Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and is a native of Wheaton, Illinois in suburban Chicago.  When he is not working he is running, mountain biking, doing CrossFit, walking his dog, or cheering on his beloved Packers, Bulls, Blackhawks, Cubs and Salukis.

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Yellowstone National Park

Hunters will be allowed to kill more wolves in Wyoming this fall. The state game and fish commission voted to increase Wyoming’s wolf hunt by 14 animals up to 58 total this year. That’s after determining that there are more wolves in the state than previously thought. 

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Doctor Taylor Haynes is running for governor as a conservative and a constitutionalist. He’s a Cheyenne urologist, a rancher, and has served on a number of boards and commissions including several years as a University of Wyoming Trustee. Recently his residency in Wyoming has been challenged and those charges came after this interview was conducted, so it will not be part of this discussion. 

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Rod Miller has worked as a cowboy and on the staffs of Governor Ed Herschler and Mike Sullivan, was a small businessman, and became a ranch manager. Now, he wants to become a member of Congress and is challenging Representative Liz Cheney in the Republican primary. Miller is a colorful candidate but is very serious about this election. He joins Bob Beck where they begin talking about what to do about immigration.

The Executive Committee of the Teton County Republican Party says it’s formally supporting a Jackson ordinance that prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

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As previously reported the state of Wyoming is trying to figure out what to do about issues related to prison overcrowding and public safety. Marc Pelka is the Deputy Director of the Council of State Governments Justice Center who is helping the state find ways to deal with offenders earlier in life and find ways to keep recently released inmates from violating parole or probation.

He was in Cheyenne this week as part of a conference dealing with these topics and others. Pelka’s project is called Justice Reinvestment, he explains it to Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck. 

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Wyoming State Treasurer Mark Gordon is looking for a promotion. Gordon is among those who are seeking the Republican nomination for governor.

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Cheyenne businessman Sam Galeotos is running as a Republican candidate for governor. He says he’s running because he’s worried about Wyoming’s future. Galeotos is a Wyoming native who sits on the board for Green House Data in Cheyenne.

Earlier in life, he left Cheyenne and had success in the online travel industry. He tells Bob Beck that he’s very interested in growing new businesses in Wyoming. 

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Cheyenne Attorney, Campbell County native and former State Representative Mary Throne says she is running for governor to hopefully change Wyoming’s thinking when it comes to the economy.

She says Wyoming can continue to have a thriving energy economy and not be a boom and bust state. Throne tells Bob Beck that lawmakers have made the boom and bust a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Albany County Emergency Management officials and national weather service representatives say there may have been more than one tornado that touched down near Laramie Wednesday night. Emergency Management Coordinator Aimee Binning said they reached that conclusion after an assessment of the damage.

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Last week the Wyoming Game and Fish Commission voted to move forward with a plan that would lead to the hunting of up to 22 grizzly bears this fall and possibly more in the future. It would be the first grizzly bear hunt in Wyoming since the bear was listed as threatened in 1975. The hunt is part of the Game and Fish Department’s long-range plan for managing the grizzly. 

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Jackson Resident Foster Friess is a highly successful businessman, investor, and philanthropist. After watching the state struggle financially over the last few years he has decided to enter the Republican primary race for governor. 

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The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission unanimously voted to approve hunting regulations for Grizzly Bears on Wednesday. It would allow up to ten bears to be killed within a core management area near Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks and 12 more in other areas of the state.

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For the last several years the Wyoming Department of Corrections has urged lawmakers to implement a number of reforms that could reduce a growing prison population. Some of those ideas involved changing sentencing guidelines and getting non-violent offenders back on the street. But a couple of years ago a massive Criminal Justice Reform measure died after the Senate President declined to hear it. 

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Wyoming Attorney Harriet Hageman is seeking the Republican Nomination for Governor. Hageman was raised on a ranch in Goshen county and is the daughter of former State Representative Jim Hageman.

She is one of the top private property rights and water rights attorneys in the nation and hopes to bring that background to the governor’s office where she hopes to fight a number of federal regulations and restore power to the state. Hageman tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck that regulation reform will save citizens a lot of money.

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U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in Wyoming as part of a tour of the Mountain West. Secretary Perdue Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck that he is getting a lot of feedback from producers over tariff and trade issues and how that might hurt Wyoming producers.

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Democrat Gary Trauner announced earlier this year that he is seeking the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Senator John Barrasso. Trauner lost two previous bids for federal office losing in U.S. House races to Barbara Cubin and Cynthia Lummis. 

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The latest state revenue reports show that the state’s economy continues to slowly improve. Most energy prices have increased and sales tax collections are up 83 million dollars from the previous year.  

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20 years ago this fall, an openly gay University of Wyoming student was robbed, tied to a fence, brutally beaten, and left for dead on the outskirts of Laramie. He died a few days later. The murder of Matthew Shepard was called a hate crime by local law enforcement officers and it lead to worldwide attention on the topic of LGBTQ rights. His parents Dennis and Judy Shepard remain residents of Wyoming and have dedicated themselves to fight discrimination in the name of their son. Wyoming Public Radio’s Bob Beck talked to them about a number of topics including what it was like to return to Laramie.

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In another sign that Wyoming’s economy is improving, statewide inflation increased by just over two percent in the fourth quarter of 2017.

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Tourists crowd downtown Jackson last summer.
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The University of Wyoming will be launching an Outdoor Recreation and Tourism Management degree this fall. It’s been a three-year effort, but those in the industry have wanted the degree for almost 20 years.

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