January 4, 2015

Katie Kuntz/IowaWatch Meth Abuse Documentary Gets Iowa Public Television Premiere at 8 CST Tonight

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The Katie Kuntz documentary for IowaWatch, “Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland,” premieres at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 5, on Iowa Public Television’s World channel – .3 on the statewide network’s three digital television channels.

Panelists talk about curbing meth abuse at a July 1 IowaWatch/Council Bluffs Nonpareil forum in Council Bluffs. Left to right are: Katie Kuntz, producer of an IowaWatch documentary 'Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland'; 4th Judicial District probation officer Keith Roman; Alegent Creighton Health Director Haley Ehlers; and addiction treatment counselor and recovering meth addict Glennis Guerrero.

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Panelists talk about curbing meth abuse at a July 1, 2014, IowaWatch/Council Bluffs Nonpareil forum in Council Bluffs. Left to right are: Katie Kuntz, producer of an IowaWatch documentary ‘Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland’; 4th Judicial District probation officer Keith Roman; Alegent Creighton Health Director Haley Ehlers; and addiction treatment counselor and recovering meth addict Glennis Guerrero.

Iowa has seen an increasing use of methamphetamine, a dangerous, synthetic concoction of chemicals that can give users an artificial high. “Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction in the Heartland,” shows the impact meth has on Iowa children raised in a home with an addicted parent.

This IPTV site tells you six different air times for the 30-minute report on World in January. For a behind-the-scenes look at how this documentary was reported go to this link.

The Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, which runs the nonprofit news organization IowaWatch.org, has shown the documentary at three public forums in Iowa: in Council Bluffs of July 1, 2014; Des Moines on Nov. 19, 2014; and Iowa City on Nov. 20, 2014. Panel discussions followed each showing.

Jasper County Assistant Attorney Scott Nicholson (right), speaks Nov. 19, 2014, at an IowaWatch/Des Moines Register forum about fighting the cycle of meth abuse in Iowa. Listening is fellow forum panelist Mike Edens, a sober recovering meth addict who now is a counselor with UnityPoint Health of Des Moines' Powell Chemical Dependency Center

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Jasper County Assistant Attorney Scott Nicholson (right), speaks Nov. 19, 2014, at an IowaWatch/Des Moines Register forum about fighting the cycle of meth abuse in Iowa. Listening is fellow forum panelist Mike Edens, a sober recovering meth addict who now is a counselor with UnityPoint Health of Des Moines’ Powell Chemical Dependency Center

Jessica Peckover, Johnson County Sheriff's Office jail alternatives coordinator, speaks at an IowaWatch.org forum in Iowa City on Nov. 20, 2014, about fighting meth abuse in Iowa. Other panelists are, left to right, former IowaWatch reporter Katie Kuntz, Glennis Guerrero of Council Bluffs and, to Peckover's right, MECCA Services clinical director Fonda Frazier.

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Jessica Peckover, Johnson County Sheriff’s Office jail alternatives coordinator, speaks at an IowaWatch/Iowa City Press-Citizen forum in Iowa City on Nov. 20, 2014, about fighting meth abuse in Iowa. Other panelists are, left to right, former IowaWatch reporter Katie Kuntz, Glennis Guerrero of Council Bluffs and, to Peckover’s right, MECCA Services clinical director Fonda Frazier.

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