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.

Ways To Connect

 G-E has launched a partnership that is intended to get more Wyoming women screened for breast cancer.   It’s called the WY Women First Program, and G-E and its partners hope to increase screening for 25 thousand women in the state.  Only 67-percent of Wyoming women currently get mammograms.  The effort is being launched by G-E’s Healthy Imagination program.   The program Vice President Michael Barber says for starters, they will use social media, notably Facebook to try and encourage women to get their exams.        

A Wyoming man is accused of breaking U.S. trade sanctions by selling diesel engine parts to a company in Syria.
The Casper Star-Tribune reported Monday that Matt Kallgren of Afton allegedly sold more than $40,000
worth of parts to an unnamed company despite warnings about the sanctions. He didn't respond to the newspaper's request for comment.

 The National Science Foundation has awarded Wyoming and Utah researchers six million dollars to study how Climate change and other factors will affect water storage and availability in the inter-mountain west.  University of Wyoming Civil Engineering Professor Fred Ogden says the researchers will develop high-performance computer models to understand complex water issues facing western states.                            .

The Host and Creator of Public Radio’s This American Life says don’t be afraid to discuss story ideas with him when he comes to Laramie next week.  Ira Glass says he is excited about his first ever appearance in Wyoming and will discuss how he and his staff find compelling stories for the show and how each episode comes together.  Glass says that despite the popularity of the show, few people bother him with story ideas.

Breaking with some members of their party, 40 House Republicans including Wyoming Representative Cynthia Lummis are urging the congressional' supercommittee on to consider all options for raising revenue as they hunt for ways to trim the national debt, including taxes.

As the University of Wyoming considers tougher admission standards…the offshoot is that it might be tougher for minority students to automatically qualify to attend U-W. 

A study found that if the standards had been in effect in 2009… 56 percent of Native Americans, African Americans and Hispanics who applied to U-W would have been automatically qualified, while 83 percent of white students would have been accepted. 

Two uranium mines are operating in Wyoming, and several more licenses are in the works. But Bob Gregory, the uranium specialist at the Wyoming State Geological Survey, says the new mines use a completely different technology than their older counterparts.

One of the more controversial programs in Wyoming involves feeding Elk on the National Elk Refuge. Longtime U-S Fish and Wildlife Service Biologist Bruce Smith worked at the refuge for many years. He's written a book on his experience called Where Elk Roam, conservation and Biopolitics of our National Elk heard. He says the feeding program is unusual

If you said that the Wyoming Cowboys basketball team has struggled in recent years,that would be a bit of an understatement. After back to back 10 win and 21 loss seasons, a change was needed. So, Wyoming went to its past and hired Larry Shyatt. Shyatt coached one year at Wyoming and took a team that had struggled in previous years to a 19-9 record and the postseason. As most fans know, Shyatt then left to Coach at Clemson and later became the top assistant and two time National Champion Florida. Shyatt was always troubled that he left a job unfinished at Wyoming and decided to come back.

Kennedy Center honoree and Tony Award-winning choreographer Bill T. Jones says Wyoming's discussion about the value of arts in school curriculum is an important one. Jones is the Director of the acclaimed Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance company, and he's considered one of the most influential dance artists working today. Jones is working with University of Wyoming students who will perform one of his works in November. When it comes to arts education, Jones says it can teach students about the world around them as well if not better than a science course. He uses dance as an example.

     The Casper/Natrona International Airport had added what is called advanced imaging technology and automated targeted response software.  It safely screens passengers for possible threats, including explosives, without body contact.  It also eliminates the need for passenger specific images and uses a generic computer generate outline of a person as it scans.   Airport Manager Glenn Januska said those who need further screening will going into a booth and raise their hands over their head.

Wyoming Governor Matt Mead says it is doubtful that his office will propose legislation for the 2012 session on how the state should handle Juvenile offenders. Some reports have claimed that Wyoming incarcerates more Juveniles than any other state. Governor Mead says his office is trying to verify that information and is closely looking at good practices that are taking place in some of the counties in the state. Mead says it has been a difficult issue to resolve, but he does want to find a solution.

Although Wyoming officials oppose a recent court ruling that re-instated the Clinton era roadless rule, a conservationist says the ruling could actually help,not hurt Wyoming's economy. Eric Molvar is a wildlife biologist with the Biodiversity Conservation Alliance. He says Elk gather in roadless areas, so he says the ruling could help the economy through increased hunting opportunities.

K-12 education reform has the interest of University of Wyoming President Tom Buchanan, who joins Bob Beck to talk about that and other subjects. Buchanan says the work legislative committees are doing will benefit the state.

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