President Obama to Ottumwa

President Barack Obama is coming back to Iowa on Tuesday. He’ll be coming to Ft. Madison, Mt. Pleasant and Ottumwa. Iowa Public Television will be there at two of those stops. The first stop in Ft. Madison will be documented by Chris Gourley.

Our larger crew will be in Ottumwa to cover the town hall meeting. That will air on our IPTV World or .3 channel as it happens Tuesday afternoon. That will be around 4p. Then we’ll replay the President’s remarks at 8p follow that up with a discussion in our studio.

You will be able to view the President’s Speech and Town Hall in Iowa by going to our Iowa Public Television website of

Here’s the official release from the IPTV press shop.

Iowa Public Television Coverage of
President Obama’s Town-Hall Meeting in Ottumwa

Presidential Town-Hall Covered Live on IPTV WORLD at 4 p.m.
Rebroadcast with a Follow-Up Program on IPTV at 8 p.m.

(Johnston, Iowa)  — Iowa Public Television will provide live coverage of President Obama’s town-hall meeting at Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa on Tuesday, April 27 at 4 p.m.

The town-hall meeting will be broadcast live on IPTV WORLD (.3 or Mediacom channel 119), at approximately 4 p.m. The meeting will be rebroadcast on Iowa Public Television (.1) that evening at 8, followed by a special edition of The Iowa Journal to discuss the issues raised during the Ottumwa event. In the studio to discuss how the president’s visit and proposals may play out in rural Iowa are two guests: Iowa State University Staff Research Economist David Swenson, and Bill Brown, chairman of the board of the Iowa Association of Business and Industry.

Calling his trip to the Midwest the “White House to Main Street Tour,” President Obama will make three stops in Iowa, culminating with a town-hall meeting where he is expected to focus on the rural economy.  The speech will be followed by questions from the audience.

For inquiries about the broadcast, or for information about the availability of this coverage online, contact Jennifer Konfrst at 515-242-3146.

The President is planning to spend the night in Des Moines before flying to Missouri for another economic event. WHO-TV reporter Dave Price says the President will be at a reception at Baby Boomer’s for staffer David Axelrod. Here’s Dave’s post.

The last time President Obama was in Iowa, he was talking healthcare while in Iowa City. IPTV also carried that event. You can watch the speech and the Iowa Journal discussion that followed here.


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