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Public Radio hires C.R. reporter

Iowa Public Radio has hired a Cedar Rapids reporter.

His name is Alex Heuer, and he will be based at KCCK – 88.3 FM, at Kirkwood Community College.

He comes from Macomb, Ill., where he was an anchor and reporter for WIUM/WIUW, which covers west central Illinois, northeast Missouri and southeast Iowa.

Here’s the press release:

12/19/08 (Des Moines) – Iowa Public Radio welcomes Alex Heuer to the newly created position of Cedar Rapids Reporter. In his role, Heuer will be responsible for covering Cedar Rapids and the surrounding area, producing stories for statewide broadcast on Iowa Public Radio. He will join the network on January 5, 2009.

Heuer comes to IPR from WIUM/WIUW, the public radio station that serves West Central Illinois, Northeast Missouri, and Southeast Iowa. During his time in Macomb, IL his duties included hosting and anchoring, reporting spots and features, producing documentaries, and live reporting of breaking news.

Heuer also covered the Iowa Caucuses in the Keokuk area last year. He has been recognized by the Illinois News Broadcasters Association and the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated with awards for reporting.

IPR News Director Jonathan Ahl stated, “Alex brings an impressive amount of energy to Iowa Public Radio, and a history of producing the kind of news stories that sets public radio apart. He will be a great addition to the staff. We are also excited to have a full-time reporter in the second biggest city in the state.”

Heuer is a graduate of Western Illinois University with a degree in history education and pre-law. He will be based at KCCK in Cedar Rapids as part of IPR’s growing partnership with the station.

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