Cathy Penniston, RPR, CRI


Waukee, Iowa

Cathy Penniston is a teacher and broadcast captioner from Waukee, Iowa. Penniston spent 30 years working as an official court reporter for the state of Iowa before receiving a realtime captioning training grant and transitioning into a remote television broadcast captioning career. She has also worked as a freelance court reporter and a CART provider. Penniston currently teaches reporting classes at the Des Moines Area Community College in Newton, Iowa. She also works as an independent broadcast captioner.

Penniston has served as president, vice president, and secretary of the Iowa Court Reporters Association. She has volunteered multiple times to assist with the annual National Court Reporters Foundation phone-a-thon fundraising campaign and the Veterans History Project.

Penniston is the recipient of the Roy Voelker Memorial Award for Distinguished Service for the court reporting profession of the state of Iowa. She is also the recipient of the Indian Hills Community College Vision Award Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year in 2014.

Penniston holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Clarke University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Iowa Wesleyan College, an Associate’s Degree from Indian Hills Community College, and an Associate’s Degree in Court Reporting from the American Institute of Business. She holds the national professional certifications of Registered Professional Reporter (RPR) and Certified Reporting Instructor (CRI).

At the national level, Penniston has served on numerous NCRA committees and enjoys leading the NCRA A to Z Intro to Steno Machine Shorthand sessions. She has served as a member of the NCRA Board of Directors since 2018.