Rob moved to Iowa City in 1997, when he began covering Hawkeye athletics and recruiting. In his almost 20 years around the program, he has had Tom Davis call him Rob Lowe, Hayden Fry make fun of his sun glasses and Bob Knight shove a piece of paper in his face. Rob has worked at the Press-Citizen and three web sites, including a six-year run with Jon Miller at Hawkeye Nation from ’03-09. He returned home to HN at the end of ’15. Rob resides on the east side of Iowa City with his wife and three children, all of whom were born at University of Iowa hospitals.
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Andrew Downs was “Hatched a Hawk”, at least that’s what it said on his favorite hat growing up. Raised in Des Moines with his three brothers, Andrew attended the University of Iowa where he spent more time at sporting events than in class. He returned to Des Moines in 2008 to start his broadcasting career, which led him to his current role as Program Director for Iowa’s largest sports radio station KXnO. He lives in Urbandale with his wife Judy and two kids.
Hailing from the University of Iowa, 1997 graduate David Schwartz covered Tom Davis and the Iowa men’s basketball team during college. After graduation, he spent 10 years as a sportswriter and editor reporting on college football and basketball, Major League Baseball, the NFL and the NBA in the Chicago area. Schwartz and his wife have been Hawkeye football season ticket-holders for more than a decade and men’s basketball season ticket-holders, for three years.
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Sean Neugent graduated from the University of Iowa in 2010 with degrees in journalism and health and sports studies. While at Iowa, he wrote for Hawkeyesports.com, covering football, men and women’s basketball, and baseball. At the same time, he interned for the Big Ten Network as a color analyst for men’s and women’s basketball and was an analyst for the Iowa pre-game football show at KRUI radio. Following his time at Iowa, Neugent became the play-by-play football announcer for the Drake Bulldogs and held that position for a year before pursuing his current career in public relations with Performance Marketing. Neugent is married to fellow Iowa graduate Danielle with their two boys Phineas (Finn) and Owen.
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Mitch Smith, another University of Iowa grad, finished in 2011 with a degree in journalism and mass communications. During his years at Iowa, he worked as a sports reporter for The Daily Iowan, covering the Iowa football team in 2010. His passion for “Where Are They Now” stories began as a class project but has since grown into much more. Hawkeye Locator, a website he created, is devoted to this passion for keeping tabs on former Iowa athletes. Aside from the Hawkeyes, Smith enjoys biking and craft beer. He currently lives in West Des Moines, where he works in corporate communications.
Raised in Pleasant Hill, Iowa, Ross Peterson began a career at WHO Radio in 2003. Throughout his 12 years in broadcasting, he has worked on many different things. Peterson produced a Marconi award-winning show, The Jan Mickelson Show, has co-hosted programs on WHO, including SoundOFF, and has hosted daily sports programs on 1460 KXNO: The Morning Rush, and The Sports Fanatics. He currently co-hosts The Sports Fanatics on KXNO and is the play-by-play voice for the Grand View Vikings, where he called their national title football victory in 2013. Involvement in local charities is important to Peterson, as he volunteers with Big Brothers Big Sisters and for the Pleasant Hill Little League. You can hear him on Friday nights in the summer at the dirt-track races at the Iowa State Fairgrounds. Peterson is not only passionate about his career, but also about baseball and fishing. He enjoys these activities with his wife, Erin, and his son, Eli.
Jon Miller, raised in West Branch, Iowa, shares a hometown with President Herbert Hoover and Hawkeye All-American, Marv Cook. At the age of 13, he told his father his dream: to be the voice of the Hawkeyes. Miller has been living that dream since he began publishing online in 1999. He studied radio and television broadcasting in college, and has hosted many shows since then. Daily sports talk programs, a national television show on the Big Ten Network and co-hosting “SoundOFF” on 1040 WHO with Jim Zabel have been part of his journey. Miller was named the sports director of 1040 WHO in 2006, a position once held by Ronald Reagan. Miller founded HawkeyeNation.com in 2001.
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Rick Brown had a 37-year career at the Des Moines Register, working as an editor, reporter and columnist. He was named Iowa Sportswriter of the Year 11 times by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, and won six first-place writing awards from the Iowa Associated Press Managing Editors. He was inducted into the University of Iowa’a Kinnnick Wall of Fame in 2016 and enshrined in the Iowa Golf Hall of Fame in 2017. He is the author of three books: 100 Things Iowa Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die (2016); Emotion In Motion, The Life and Legacy of Chris Street (2018); and Golden Harvest, Iowa’s Rich Golf History (2019).