IBNA hires new executive director

The following letter to the membership is from IBNA President Bob Fisher

Members of the IBNA:

First of all, I want to thank you for your patience. We know that you’ve been wondering about our search for a new Executive Director as well as the status of this year’s awards contest.

The Iowa Broadcast News Association Board of Directors is proud to announce the hiring of Anne-Marie Taylor of Iowa City as its new Executive Director. Following interviews with the executive committee and the full board, members met in Des Moines on January 13th and voted unanimously to approve her hiring.

Anne-Marie brings 25 years of experience working with nonprofit associations and political groups to the position.  She also has experience in fundraising and a law degree.

Most importantly, Anne-Marie has experience and an interest in journalism and working with journalists.  She served was the founding development director for Investigate West, a nonprofit news organization in Seattle.  Anne-Marie has also served as a fundraising consultant for Iowa Watch.  Her interest in journalism also comes in part from her husband Daniel Lathrop. He is a former reporter who is currently a Journalism and Mass Communication professor at the University of Iowa.

The IBNA board is excited to have Anne-Marie join our organization, and we believe you as members will feel the same way. Anne-Marie has hit the ground running and is working with the board to get the annual contest information out, and on our plans for the annual convention.

We will be telling you more about Anne-Marie soon and how you can meet her.

We will post information about the awards contest during the day on Thursday. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me by phone or e-mail

Bob Fisher
President, Iowa Broadcast News Association
KGLO-AM/Alpha Media of Mason City
(641) 423-1300