Polly Carver-Kimm

Freelance Article Writer & Copywriter

Location:Ankeny, Iowa, United States
2 Skills
Polly Carver-Kimm
Public Information Officer, Iowa Dept. of Public Health
After 24 years in broadcasting, I am enjoying the experience of utilizing my communication skills
beyond the studio. I enjoy using my writing skills to craft messages to reach an intended audience. I
work especially well under pressure and have guided IDPH's risk communications during events such
as the 2008 severe weather and flooding, as well as the 2009 novel influenza A (H1N1) outbreak.
I do extensive freelance voice work. With a studio in my home, I am able to offer reasonable rates
with a fast turn-around time.
Risk Communication
Public Information Officer at Iowa Department of Public Health
October 2007 - Present (3 years 9 months)
Lead spokesperson and media liaison for IDPH
Researching, writing and distributing news releases and public information materials
Providing live broadcasts and print interviews
Provide media training to IDPH staff and local public health staff across Iowa
Arranging live broadcasts and print interviews for IDPH staff
Oversee and track media inquiries
Consultant to management and staff in developing media responses
Monitor external media for issues and trends that impact IDPH
Handle and track FOIA requests
Editor, Director's Newsletter
Social Media consultant for staff
Created IDPH Communication Guide
Created IDPH H1N1 communication plan
Responsible for IDPH Web updates
Provide daily news briefs to staff
Freelance Performer at Under the Stairs Productions
January 1987 - Present (24 years 6 months)
Freelance voice work, including local, station and national accounts
Powerball back-up host
Press Secretary at Iowa Governor's Office
May 2010 - November 2010 (7 months)
In May 2010, I was asked by the Governor's Office to serve as Press Secretary, in addition to my
regular duties and responsibilities as Public Information Officer for IDPH.
Primary writer of press releases
Primary contact for media
Arrange interviews and press conferences
Engage in communication strategies
News Director at Des Moines Radio Group
January 1989 - July 2007 (18 years 7 months)
Responsible for news content of all stations
Morning news anchor for all stations
Responsible for covering local stories
Winner of numerous local, state, regional and national news awards
News writer
Responsible for coordination and broadcast of severe weather
Public Affairs Director 1989 - 2007
Responsible for production of weekly public affairs program
Responsible for FCC-required Public File for all stations
Responsible for all Public Service Announcements and public service duties for radio group
Responsible for attending and hosting bi-monthly Ascertainment meetings
Morning Show Co-Host, KIOA 1987 - 2007
Responsible for creating and maintaining public relations for station
Responsible for maintenance of portions of KIOA Web site
Responsible for morning show press releases
Responsible for creating content for morning show
News Director/Morning Show co-host at Des Moines Radio Group
September 1987 - July 2007 (19 years 11 months)
News Director for 6 stations of Des Moines Radio Group. Co-host of the Maxwell and Polly Morning
Show. Winner of numerous journalism awards, including national Edward R. Murrow award.
AM news anchor/morning show co-host at KXEL/KOKZ
January 1985 - January 1987 (2 years 1 month)
News writer at KUNI/KHKE
January 1983 - January 1986 (3 years 1 month)
University of Northern Iowa
Bachelor of Science, Radio/TV Broadcasting/Journalism, 1985
Center Point Consolidated High School (Iowa)
Skills (2) Rating
Article Writing