The 2021 winner of the Iowa Broadcast News Association Jack Shelley Award is Tom Robinson of KSOM in Atlantic.
Tom is an Atlantic High School graduate. He curtailed his college studies to help on the family farm and pursue an interest in radio. He started as the public address announcer for football and provided radio game reports. He covered the State Wrestling Tournament for stations KJAN and KSOM in Atlantic.
In 1999 he accepted a full-time position as Sports Director for KSOM, and then took on the duties of News Director.
One nomination letter from a colleague describes Tom this way: “From staying until past midnight working on a sports story after a game or election coverage, to turning around at 3 a.m. to bring severe weather coverage to Southwest Iowa. His dedication and instincts to provide accurate and compelling news, farm markets, and sports coverage are unmatched by any broadcaster I have had the pleasure of working alongside. The professionalism he brings to the air every day inspires the rest of us on-air to be at our best as well. Tom Robinson is a world-class broadcaster and I aspire to be as great of a person/broadcaster as he is. ”
Tom has served for several years on the board of the Iowa Broadcast News Association, including a term as Board President. Tom is also a member of the National Association of Farm Broadcasting. He has won numerous awards from the IBNA and has also received the Distinguished Service Award from the Iowa Football Coaches Association and the Iowa High School Athletic Association Media Award.
The Shelley Award is the IBNA’s highest honor. It is named for Jack Shelley, the former news director of WHO, and professor emeritus at Iowa State University.