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Dan Kaercher is the retired founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living Magazine and host of “Iowa’s Simple Pleasures” and other travel-related programs aired on Iowa Public Television and other public television stations nationally. A native of Council Bluffs, he graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha, majoring in journalism. During his extensive, award-winning media career at Meredith Corporation in Des Moines, Dan served as a writer and editor for such publications as Better Homes and Gardens, WOOD magazine and BH&G Special Interest Publications. He spent 21 years as founding editor-in-chief of Midwest Living magazine, published by Meredith. The popular regional publication focuses primarily on travel, food, home and garden information for readers in the 12 Midwest states ranging from Nebraska to Ohio, Michigan to Kansas (with Iowa at the heart of it all). Dan also hosted Midwest Living Radio Magazine, which aired on more than 100 stations in the region. He is the author of three books about the Midwest and Iowa: Best of the Midwest, Taste of the Midwest, and Parklands of the Midwest. Long a popular public speaker, Dan now spends his time primarily in Urbandale and Spirit Lake with his wife, Julie, their two children and two grandchildren.
Exploring the Great Midwest
Everyone knows that the Midwest and Iowa are the breadbasket of America and indeed the entire world. Not only do we grow an amazing number of crops in our region, from corn and soybeans to asparagus, blueberries and cranberries .... we also have some of the best eateries and cooks anywhere! Pizza, barbecue, steaks, pies, ice cream and much more ... it's all waiting to be tasted right here in the Heartland. Hungry yet? Join well-traveled and very well-fed retired Midwest Living Editor-in-Chief and former IPTV Host Dan Kaercher for a culinary tour of the famous foods and food traditions of the great Midwest and Iowa!
Iowa’s Hidden Treasures
Dan Kaercher, retired Editor-in-Chief of Midwest Living magazine and former Iowa Public Television host, spent years traveling in almost every one of Iowa’s 99 counties in search of close-to-home attractions and getaways to share with his loyal readers and viewers. Historic sites, parks, natural wonders, quaint small towns, big-city attractions, museums, and eateries galore: You’ll be amazed to learn what surprises you don’t know await right in your own backyard–Iowa. This informative and humorous program is Dan's most popular and has been well-received by varied audiences in all types of communities and settings in every corner of the state. NOTE: This program can be tailored with more in-depth focus on these topics: Iowa arts, foods, nature or history.