April 24, 2014

Reporters

KayHenderson1O. Kay Henderson, News Director — Covering politicians was apparently Kay’s destiny from day one. She was born on election day. Her parents were relieved their bundle of joy was “okay” considering the newborn’s mom was 45 years old, so they named her “O. Kay.” She grew up on the family farm near Lenox, Iowa, and paraded cattle in the show ring during her teenage years. (Kay still has the belt buckle and the 4-H badge to prove it.) During her years at Iowa State University, Kay served as a statehouse correspondent for WOI-AM, the NPR affiliate in Ames. Between her freshman and sophomore years, she did a three-month, summertime “tour of duty” as the managing editor of the weekly newspaper in her hometown. In 1987, Kay became one of the three founding members of the Radio Iowa network newsroom. In 1994, she became the network’s news director. You may recognize Kay’s mug from her Sunday television appearances. She’s a featured reporter and commentator on Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press.” Kay was the 2002 recipient of the Shelley Award. Email O. Kay: khenderson at learfield.com

todd150Todd Kimm, Sports Director — He was the quarterback of the Urbandale High School football team, the point guard for the basketball team and a pitcher on the baseball team. He’s been Radio Iowa’s sports star since 1987. Todd is one of the three founding members of the Radio Iowa network. After graduating from the University of Iowa, Todd worked for a Minneapolis- based cable television station while attending Brown Institute. He did play-by-play of hockey, football and basketball in Bloomington before returning to Iowa’s capital city to work in the KIOA newsroom. Using lines from classic movies like Animal House and Caddyshack, Todd was often called upon to add his voice to the wacky morning crew on the FM which underwent three format and call letter changes during his two years there. Email Todd: tkimm at learfield.com

dar150Dar Danielson, Anchor/Reporter — Dar Danielson joined Radio Iowa in March 1997. “Dar” by the way, is short for Darwin. Dar is originally from the Cedar Falls area, and is a graduate of Janesville High School and the University of Northern Iowa. He began his career in journalism by working as a writer and editor for the UNI student newspaper and was the news/sports director of the student radio station. From there he worked at KCFI in Cedar Falls and then moved to nearby Oelwein where he was a news reporter and sports director at KOEL. In 1989 he moved to Cedar Rapids where he was heard across the country as one of the news and sports voices for the Telecom USA talking phone book. He moved to Ames in 1991 where he was the assistant news/sports director at KASI. While in Ames Dar was the play-by-play voice of the Iowa State baseball team and the Ames High Little Cyclones.   One of the highlights of his career came when the station won an Edward R. Murrow Award and a commendation from the Mayor of Ames for its coverage of the 1993 floods. Dar anchored the coverage in the middle of the rain and flooding and was on the air continuously throughout.  In his spare time, Dar is active in the Iowa Broadcast News Association and was elected the organization’s president in 2002. He also enjoys spending time playing with his son and daughter. Email Dar:  ddanielson at learfield.com

mattk150Matt Kelley, Anchor/Reporter — Matt joined the Radio Iowa news team in December of 1996 and has served as the morning anchor since January of ’97. Matt is a Davenport, Iowa, native and a 1987 University of Iowa graduate. In addition to working on newspapers, radio stations and TV crews in a number of Iowa cities, he’s been a broadcast journalist in several other states, including Illinois, Missouri, Alabama and North Carolina. Outside the newsroom, Matt’s a woodworker, a tournament racquetball player and strives to get out of Iowa at least once a year to go SCUBA diving. The “urge to submerge” has taken him to many exotic locations as far away as the Venezuelan coast, and he’s even explored a sunken WW2 Nazi submarine 120 feet below the surface of the Atlantic. Matt Kelley named “Iowa Journalist of the Year” by the U.S. Small Business Administration (April, 2002). Email Matt: mkelley at learfield.com

patcurtis150Pat Curtis, Anchor/Reporter — Pat Curtis joined Radio Iowa in May 2007. He developed a love for radio at an early age, listening to legendary baseball broadcasters like Harry Caray and Jack Buck. A native of Williamsburg, Iowa, Pat’s first broadcasting “job” involved delivering announcements between classes over the Williamsburg High School P.A. system during his senior year in 1989. Pat graduated with a B.A. in Broadcasting from the University of Northern Iowa, where he served as news and sports director for campus radio station KGRK.  He became the “Voice of the Spartans” for a few years while working at KGCI radio in Grundy Center.  Pat became a news reporter and continued doing play-by-play of high school sports when he moved to KWLO/KXEL radio in Waterloo in 1994.  Five years later, he joined WHO radio in Des Moines, covering politics, city council and school board meetings, breaking news and sports.  Pat has won several awards from the Iowa Broadcast News Association and the Associated Press.  Outside the newsroom, Pat enjoys time with his wife Brenda, cheering on the Chicago Cubs and playing drums in the Des Moines based punk rock band North of Grand.