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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5:47 pm
Tue November 22, 2011

Wyoming unemployment picture remains steady

 The Wyoming Department of Workforce Services says that the state’s unemployment in October was at five-point-seven percent, well below national figures of nine percent.   David Bullard is a Senior Economist with the department.

“The unemployment rate came down a tenth of percent from September to October.  But it has really been in the narrow range of five point seven to five point nine in the past few months, so little change.  But it is lower than a year ago.”

News
8:06 am
Mon November 21, 2011

The Wyoming Cowboys are excited to be bowl eligible

     The Wyoming Cowboys football team has reached a goal, but the head coach says there is more to do.  With Saturday’s 31-10 win over New Mexico, the Cowboys became eligible for a post season bowl game with a 7-3 record.  It’s a goal that few thought was possible with Wyoming starting a freshman quarterback and several other young players.  But Head Coach Dave Christensen said Saturday that he always believed.

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Simpson on politics
5:26 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

Former Sen. Simpson bashes present-day politics

Former U-S Senator Al Simpson admits he is dismayed by the happenings in Congress. 

Simpson says it is all about keeping the political party strong and has little to do with solving problems.

“You have people who come there that don’t even want to govern," Simpson says.

"They just want to stick a stick in the spoke of the bicycle of government. And that makes it different because they don’t want to say anything at their party, so they just get nasty with the other party.”

News
9:02 am
Tue November 15, 2011

Thoughts on Niobrara boom solicited for history project

The UW American Heritage Center is asking Wyoming residents for input about the energy boom in eastern Wyoming, for a history project. 

Archivist Leslie Waggener says they’re interested in hearing from residents of Platte, Goshen and eastern Laramie counties about the potential oil boom surrounding drilling in the Niobrara formation.  She plans on asking a number of questions: "How are they preparing?  What help do they need?  What help do they need from the state?  What help do they need from the industry?  How is that back and forth going with the various players?"

Open Spaces
4:11 pm
Fri November 11, 2011

State lands key for Wyoming’s budget

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Wyoming manages a number of state lands, but frequently people do not understand what they mean to the state.  Ryan Lance oversees the office of State Lands and Investments and he joins us today to explain how important they are to the state budget.

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2:49 pm
Thu November 10, 2011

September 9th, 2011

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August 26th, 2011

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August 19th, 2011

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August 5th, 2011

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July 22, 2011

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July 8th, 2011

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June 17th, 2011

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June 10, 2011

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June 3rd, 2011

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May 20th, 2011

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May 13th, 2011

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1:01 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

The Great 2011 Wyoming Birdathon

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Just past midnight on Monday, UW Zoology Professor David MacDonald and some grad students will try to come close to the state record for bird counting. It is called a birdathon.

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12:42 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

April 29th, 2011

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April 15th, 2011

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12:23 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

April 8th, 2011

Matteo Pistono

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A listing of today's stories:

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Open Spaces
12:16 pm
Wed November 9, 2011

March 4th, 2011

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February 18, 2011

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