Ken Root is hanging up his pig ties and retiring from television broadcasting. He started the Agribusiness Report on WHO in 2010 and has trained his replacement staff: Brandon Blue and Cassandra McDowell.
Root began his broadcast career in Oklahoma City in 1974 at WKY-TV, a sister station to WHO-TV. Root worked in his home state for six years before moving to Kansas and starting radio and television agricultural news networks. He then moved to New Jersey with American Cyanamid and to Washington, D.C. to launch the National AgriChemical Retailers Association.
In 1994 he came back to the Midwest to host ‘AgriTalk” a daily talk radio show that was broadcast on 120 stations. The program exists today and debates issues that impact people who live and work in Rural America.
In 2005, Root moved to Iowa as the Senior Farm Broadcaster at WHO Radio. He remained there until 2009.
During his career, Root has won many honors including two Oscars in Agriculture, Finalist in the New York Film Festival, Farm Broadcaster of the Year and was named a Distinguished Graduate of Oklahoma State University. He has traveled to over forty countries as an agricultural reporter including three trips to China and two to the Soviet Union. He was the only journalist traveling to Iraq with U.S. Agriculture Secretary, Mike Johanns.
He will continue reporting for the Iowa Agribusiness Radio Network and wrting a weekly column for the High Plains Journal. He also is an interviewer for Agri-Pulse, a weekly agricultural policy electronic newsletter.
Root will reside in Dyersville and continue his work with the Iowa Knights of Columbus. He produces a weekly half hour radio program: Knight Life that highlights the good works of men of the Iowa Knights of Columbus