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 over 100 national, regional and state news awards. 

In addition to duties as News Director, Bob is the co-creator, co-host and producer of the news magazine Open Spaces, which has won eight national Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI) awards. Bob has personally won three PRNDI awards for reporting and three regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. He has also won numerous Associated Press and Wyoming Association of Broadcasters awards in his career. 

Bob was given the WEA School Bell Award for education reporting and was honored by the Governor’s Council on Impaired Driving for his reporting. On the television side, Bob has been part of two Emmy Award-winning PBS telecasts. 

In his career, Bob has covered the legislature longer than any Wyoming broadcaster. Additional coverage as a reporter includes events such as the Mark Hopkinson execution, the Jessica Dubroff plane crash, the Matthew Shepard murder and a drunk driving crash that killed eight University of Wyoming Athletes. 

Professionally, he has served on the PRNDI Board and has been state coordinator for the Radio Television Digital News Association and Project Vote Smart.  

Bob taught broadcast news at the University of Wyoming for 20 years and twice was honored with a Top Prof award by the UW Mortar Board.   

Around Laramie, Bob is active in community events. He co-chaired the 2009 Albany County United Way Campaign, served as President of the United Way Board, and has been involved with other non-profit organizations as a board member and volunteer.

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.

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Wyoming Humanities

Wyoming has been working towards economic diversification and one way to do that is to make Wyoming's culture, arts and humanities programs a bigger part of the effort. Recently the former CEO of the Wyoming Business Council, Shawn Reese, joined Wyoming Humanities to further this effort. The Director of Wyoming Humanities is Shannon Smith and she and Reese explain the idea to Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck.

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As the University of Wyoming football team struggled down the stretch on offense, few people took it harder than offensive coordinator Brent Vigen. In fairness he was in a tough spot, he'd lost a number of offensive lineman, two running backs and his starting quarterback due to injuries.

As the Cowboys prepare to play in the Arizona Bowl Vigen tells Bob Beck that the silver lining is that a lot of young players just missed winning a couple of big games and that the future of Cowboy football is bright. However…the season certainly didn't go as planned.

State of Wyoming

Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon presented his budget to the legislature's Joint Appropriations Committee this week and it didn't feature massive budget cuts some were predicting due to a downturn in revenue. The governor joins Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck to discuss his strategy along with some other topics.

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Gov. Mark Gordon said although Wyoming's revenue picture is changing, the state should take the next two years to determine priorities and decide where future revenue may come from.

State of Wyoming

Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon unveiled a mostly flat budget, rejecting a number of budget increases. But he did not cut the existing budget, using reserve funds to balance the budget over the next two years. The governor did predict that budget cuts could be forthcoming as the state's revenue picture looks dicey.

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The Wyoming Legislature will take another crack at Medicaid expansion. The legislature's Joint Revenue Committee approved a proposed bill that will ask Gov. Mark Gordon to explore options for Wyoming's participation in expansion and determine whether it's financially viable for the state. Eventually lawmakers would need to approve a Wyoming plan.

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The author of a book called A Disability History of the United States is visiting the University of Wyoming this week as part of a celebration of the Wyoming Institute for Disabilities. Kim Nielsen is a professor of Disability Studies at the University of Toledo. She tells Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck that her book was not planned.

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If you listen to Wyoming Public Radio, you no doubt have heard the reoccurring promos for The Modern West. Some of you probably have checked the new and improved podcast out, but for the rest of you, podcast producer Melodie Edwards shifts into the guest chair to explain what it's all about.

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Cheney And Barrasso Oppose Trump's Plan For Syria

This week Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney rebuked President Trump’s strategy - or lack there of - in Syria. And she’s not alone, as Correspondent Matt Laslo reports from Washington.

There was a time when surgeries were a spectacle and one of the most unsanitary events you've ever seen. That's until a Doctor named Joseph Lister changed their ways. Author Dr. Lindsey Fitzharris came to the University of Wyoming this week to discuss her award winning and gory book The Butchering Art.

NAEP Scores A Mixed Bag

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Wyoming saw some up and down results with the annual National Assessment of Educational Progress or NAEP scores.

Wyoming Legislature

Not only will Wyoming generate less money over the next three years, the state is also looking for at least $150 million to cover its next two-year budget, according to a new revenue report. But that number may actually be closer to $400 million.

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Two former members of Congress recently appeared at the University of Wyoming with former Senator Al Simpson talking about partisan politics and problems with Congress. Former Democratic U.S. Representative Brian Baird from Washington and Former Republican Representative from Wisconsin Scott Klug says the public is frustrated and most members of Congress are frustrated, but both differ on the fixes.

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Wyoming's personal income has increased by 6 percent in the second quarter of this year. The increase is higher than both the region and the rest of the country.

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Using Drones To Fight Climate Change

From more intense wildfires to prolonged droughts, climate change is impacting the ecology of the American West. That's got researchers in our region looking at a new way to fight some of these impacts: drones.

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The University of Wyoming has opened its new Engineering Education and Research facility. The $105 million project is being touted as one of the most advanced learning facilities in the nation and will not only benefit students, but the state and community as well.

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The Catholic Diocese of Cheyenne has determined that three new allegations of child sexual abuse against a former Wyoming bishop are credible and substantiated. The allegations of child sexual abuse against Emeritus Bishop Joseph Hart allegedly occurred in the 1970s and '80s.

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The Wyoming Cowboys football team opens the season at home Saturday against a difficult opponent. Missouri makes its first ever appearance in Laramie and features a fast and prolific offense.

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After serving as an interim dean, UW Trustees recently named David Jones to become the new Dean of the College of Health Sciences. Jones tells Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck that despite the fact that he'd been an interim dean, the college has been moving forward.

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The Trump administration has made several rule changes to the Endangered Species Act that they say will provide transparency while protecting species.

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Barrasso Pushes To Get Wyoming Natural Gas Sold Overseas

U.S. House Democrats are taking aim at an issue Wyoming Senator John Barrasso seems to have spent the most time on in the past few years: Exporting American, well – Wyoming energy – abroad. Correspondent Matt Laslo has the story from Washington.

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University of Wyoming Vice President for Finance and Administration Neil Theobald is the acting UW President for the next year. Theobald tells Wyoming Public Radio's Bob Beck that he is not planning drastic changes, but he will be focusing on a few key things.

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