David Yepsen is a longtime Iowa journalist. Most recently, he was the host of Iowa PBS’s weekly Iowa Press program.
Prior to that, he served as director of the Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he also taught a class in public affairs reporting in the journalism school. He had a 34-year career with the Des Moines Register, serving as the paper’s chief political writer, political editor and political columnist. He covered local, Iowa and presidential campaigns. He started his career at the Quad City Times and at The Daily Iowan at the University of Iowa.
He is a graduate of the University of Iowa and holds a Masters in Public Administration (MPA) degree from Drake. Drafted in 1972, he fulfilled his military obligation with a six-year stint in the Iowa Army National Guard, where he served in the public information office.