An American Red Cross nurse at a railroad station in St. Etienne, helping wounded soldiers in July 1918.

Iowa History: Iowa’s Gold Star Women

“There is a handsome bronze tablet in the Army and Navy building in Washington, memorializing the mules and horses who died in the war; but nowhere is there found a record of the women who died,” declared Helen C. Courtney, a member of the Women’s Overseas Service League. The organization led an effort to establish a memorial for women who died in World War I, including a list of 161 names of “gold star women.” Among the names were several Iowans.

Chelsea Keenan (front left) and Lee Hermiston (right) are shown at their desks in  The Gazette's Cedar Rapids office on July 29, 2016

Inside The Reporter’s Notebook: Gazette Series Humanizes, Raises Awareness Of Heroin Addiction

Heroin addiction is growing nationwide, and eastern Iowa is no exception with more than 61 non-fatal overdoses and 21 deaths in 2015. Cedar Rapids Gazette healthcare reporter Chelsea Keenan and public safety reporter Lee Hermiston spoke with IowaWatch intern Brittany Robb about their stories that formed part of an in-depth look at the epidemic in The Gazette's June 2016 series, “Heroin’s Hold In Iowa.”

Eugene Ely, photo circa 1911

Iowa History: Iowa’s World-Known Air King

“Eugene Ely Fatally Injured in Airship Accident.” In July 1910 newspaper headlines announced the death of the Iowa native. However, it turned out the reports were greatly exaggerated.

A postcard from around 1900 shows the Iowa Institution for the Education of the Blind in Vinton, Iowa.

Iowa History: Gov. Shaw Wants Salary Increase

Iowa’s Governor Leslie M. Shaw delivered his annual message to the legislature and the citizens of the state in January 1900. He had a number of items on his mind, and he wasn’t shy about making his ideas known. The text of his speech was splashed in newspapers throughout the state.

Money

News Quiz: Scams Targeting The Elderly

A recent IowaWatch report reveals that many elderly people have become scammers’ easy targets and lost billions of dollars in the past several years. Take this news quiz and find out how much you know about financial scams that target seniors, and how to deal with them.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Iowa Cubs owner and president Michael Gartner explains the story behind a bottle of wine Major League Hall of Fame member Ryne Sandberg gave him when Sandberg was the Iowa Cubs' manager. Photo taken July 13, 2016, in Gartner's office at Principal Park in Des Moines.

IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Winning Pulitzer An “Obituary Changer” In Already Notable Career

Michael Gartner received the Pulitzer Prize in editorial writing in 1997 for editorials published in The Daily Tribune in Ames. He was co-owner and editor of the newspaper at the time. The Pulitzer board praised his "common sense editorials" for covering "issues deeply affecting the lives of people in his community," including local issues ranging from ordinances controlling where signs could be placed to a proposed lap dancing law.

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Iowa Cubs owner and president Michael Gartner in his office at Principal Park in Des Moines on July 13, 2016.

Podcast: Full Interview With Pulitzer Prize-Winner Michael Gartner

IowaWatch Executive Director-Editor Lyle Muller sat down with Iowa Cubs owner and president Michael Gartner in his office at Principal Park in Des Moines on July 13, 2016. Gartner received the Pulitzer Prize for editorial writing in 1997 while serving as chairman and editor of the Ames Daily Tribune. Listen to the full interview.

An 1898 print shows the "U.S.S. Merrimac", a cargo ship, under fire as it passes between fortifications at the entrance to Santiago de Cuba Bay, Cuba, during the Spanish-American War.

Iowa History: War Hero Not Trying to Get Kissed

I’m not going around trying to get kissed. I haven’t done anything brave. No one but a darned fool would have gone on that Merrimac trip.” Stuart, Iowa, native Osborn Warren Deignan was being modest when he claimed he hadn’t done anything brave. Most Americans in 1898 disagreed with the Spanish-American War hero when it came to his statement about bravery.

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IowaWatch Connection Podcast: Large Money Gap, Few Dark Money Contributions So Far In Grassley-Judge Senate Race

A big money gap marked the U.S. Senate race between incumbent Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley and his Democrat challenger Patty Judge, according to the latest campaign disclosure reports available earlier this week at the time of production. Grassley's campaign had $5.2 million on hand back in May, 22 times more than Judge, who had $229,000 as of June 30. Add to that $59,300 in bills that Judge's campaign owed at that time.