John Pemble

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  • Username: johnpemble
  • Reporter
  • Role: Producer/Reporter: Station-Based
  • Day: 515-231-7566
  • Eve: 515-725-1709
  • Address: Des Moines, Iowa

About Me

Full time reporter with an emphasis on producing four minute audio pieces for Iowa Public Radio and video pieces for Internet distribution. Most stories are about arts and culture but I work other beats as assigned from Iowa and national news desks. As my story unfolds I like the ongoing dialogue with my assignment editors to help shape or redefine the focus and a brutal script edit so we can make a better piece. I have strong post production skills and am very flexible when working in the field.

I am available for freelance work.

Before working in news I was a music program producer for classical, jazz, and new age genres and spent ten years moonlighting as an adjunct professor teaching production, operations, and editing classes.

My recent stories:

My Groups: Iowa Public Radio
Favorite Shows: Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Morning Edition, The Story
Influences: Jonathan Ahl, Jason Lopez, Battlestar Galactica


John is currently available for new projects, has a car, and is available to travel Within my country.


  • Producing: News
  • Field Recording
  • Hosting News Programs
  • Voice Talent
  • Editing
  • Social Networking Knowledge
  • Reporting
  • Hosting Music Programs
  • Podcast Production: Moderate to High
  • Hosting Call-in and Live Programs
  • Station-Based Fundraising Production
  • Podcast Production: Moderate to High
  • Writing
  • Producing: Music and Performance Programs

Available For

  • Music Recording
  • Field Recording
  • News Reporting
  • Interviewing
  • Tape Syncs
  • Arts Reporting
  • Sound Editing
  • Multimedia
  • Documentary Production
  • Post Production
  • Voiceover
  • Music Programming
  • Podcasting


  • Hard Disc/Flash Recorder
  • Specialized Mics
  • Adobe Audition
  • Reel to Reel Tape

Languages I Speak

  • English

Work Experience

Reporter at Iowa Public Radio,  November 2008 - Present
Iowa Public Radio reporter producing art and culture stories and provide post production and studio stupport for news and music staff.

Program Producer at WOI Radio Group,  January 2000 - November 2008
Music host for jazz, classical, and new age music programs. Operations and automation for Audio Vault system. Managed a staff of part time board operators.

Adjunct Professor at Iowa Central Community College,  September 1996 - May 2007
Broadcasting instructor for production, operations, and editing classes.

Program Producer at KTPR,  October 1989 - January 2000
Rotated through every department. Music host, news anchor, developed fundraisers, operations manager, interim program director.

Disc Jockey at KFTX / KFDC - FM,  June 1987 - October 1989
Part time country music disc jockey and commerical production. My first job in the broadcasting business.

Previously Aired On

NPR Newscasts, All Things Considered, America Abroad, BBC's Americana, Morning Edition, Talk of the Nation



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