Paul joined the Iowa Public Television production team in October of 2007, as a producer of “The Iowa Journal.” He later would become host of the program. He comes to IPTV after several stops around Iowa including north, eastern and central Iowa.
Paul now works as a producer on the nationally distributed PBS program “Market to Market,” the journal of rural America. This is a return to his rural roots of Buchanan County and the Shady Grove Super Stars. He can be heard each Tuesday with a new episode of the MtoM podcast, a look behind the scenes of the TV show and conversations with interesting voices of agriculture.
The Iowa Journal is only a memory. The Iowa Journal was recognized by the Upper Midwest Region of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (The Emmy people) with the Emmy for best Public/Current or Community Affairs Program/special or series.
Paul also served time on the board of the Iowa Broadcast News Association and as president.
Since 2010, Paul has been covering high school sports in Central Iowa. This currently includes CISN.tv. The Central Iowa Sports Network streams games via their YouTube channel from venues in Ankeny, West Des Moines and Waukee to name a few. The CISN.tv crew also can be heard calling state tournament games and matches at IGHSAU state volleyball, basketball, soccer and softball.
The 2010 high school football season was Paul’s first as the voice of the West Des Moines Dowling Catholic Maroons. The games originated on KWKY AM1150 in Des Moines. Paul spent the two seasons prior on the broadcast crew as the fourth member providing scores and in-game updates.
Since 2014, Paul has served as host of IPTV Sports. The network is the television partner of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union covering championships in volleyball, basketball, soccer and softball. Yeager anchors coverage in basketball from the IPTV Sports Desk and play-by-play on softball in Fort Dodge.
Paul was television news assignment editor at WHO-TV in Des Moines. This was his 3rd tour through the studios at 1801 Grand. The first two were as an intern, a tape editor and photographer.
After graduation from Wartburg College in Waverly, Paul started at KIMT-TV in Mason City. Paul started as a reporter, but like any small station, work included weather, sports, assignment desk, tape editor and eventually weekend anchor.
Y2K did not phase out Paul and he made the move south and east to the Quad Cities in 2000 to take a job as anchor and reporter at KWQC-TV in Davenport. His primary role was Saturday and Sunday night anchor. Paul covered two presidential elections. Highlights of his time in the Quad Cities include interviews with eventual Vice President Dick Cheney and running in the Bix7 Road Race, even if it was the Quick Bix.
During his time as a Knight, Paul has also been a sports reporter in Waterloo at KWWL-TV for the program “Friday Night Heroes.” His time on East Franklin included editing and photojournalism.
KWAY radio in Waverly was Paul’s first professional radio stop as duties included board operations and later work on the Wartburg Knights Football Radio Network.
Paul is a graduate of Wartburg College in Waverly where he remains active on campus as part of the Board of Regent’s Student Life Committee. He was a college classmate of Dan Wardell. Yes, the Dan Wardell of IPTV Fame. Dan and Paul both studied under the leadership of Iowa broadcasting legend, Grant Price.
Paul grew up on a farm in Jesup, Iowa with his 3 sisters. His parents Kent and Joellen are still on the farm. Paul and his wife have 2 boys, who like to watch daddy on TV, but sometimes have to choose between The Iowa Journal and their other favorites – “Sesame Street” and “Wordworld.”
Paul has spent time volunteering with Lutheran Social Services of Iowa, The Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois, the Safer Foundation, and the Iowa High School Speech Association.
He even has a YouTube channel. Yikes.