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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Governor Matt Mead says that while he made reductions in his proposed biennial budget, he does not favor the five-to-eight percent cuts supported by some legislators. 

Mead reduced more than 17 million dollars of ongoing spending in his budget, while increasing spending for roads and local government infrastructure.   Some legislators want budget reductions, so that the state  can increase its budget reserve account to three billion dollars. 

    This afternoon Governor Matt Mead will announce his budget proposal for the next two years.  Despite the fact that the state has one-point-five billion dollars in reserve, top lawmakers are calling for cuts to raise the reserve bank account to roughly three-billion dollars.  Governor Mead has told legislators that he will offer modest cuts in this two year budget, until he has time to determine where the best places are to cut further.  Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Phil Nicholas is calling for cuts of eight percent.  He says if the state waits for two more years, it could be

The administrator of Wyoming’s Economic Analysis Division says the state’s long range economic forecast is that revenues for energy development should be stable.  Some lawmakers contend that recent revenue reports suggest that Wyoming will have less money in the future, and they want state agencies to trim budgets between five and eight percent. 

But Buck McVeigh who co-chaired the state economic forecast says it is far from dire.  But he added during an interview on Tuesday that the very high prices Wyoming has received for its natural gas  will likely level off.       

 A federal appeals court has ruled that Grizzlies still need federal endangered species protection due to concerns about the decline of White Bark pine, a key food source.  The ruling by the 9th circuit court of appeals means that the U-S Fish and Wildlife Service must study the threat of White Bark pine before de-listing can move forward in Wyoming, Montana and Idaho.  Mike Clarke with the Greater Yellowstone Coalition is also calling on Fish and Wildlife to expand the Grizzlies habitat area.

 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.”

     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.

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.”

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?"

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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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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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