The IowaWatch Connection

The IowaWatch Connection, a statewide audience engagement program, is produced with underwriting support from the Iowa Insurance Division and its Iowa Fraud Fighters program, and from AARP Iowa. It was launched as a pilot with a $25,000 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant awarded through the Investigative News Network (now the Institute for Nonprofit News).

The program includes a weekly, statewide news and public affairs radio program that airs on participating stations across Iowa.

Jeff Stein, host and producer of the IowaWatch Connection radio program

Jeff Stein, host and producer of the IowaWatch Connection radio program

Jeff Stein, executive director of the Iowa Broadcast News Association and a noted Iowa broadcast historian, hosts and produces the program on a network of stations across the state. The program premiered July 5-6, 2014.

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IOWAWATCH CONNECTION FORUMS

IowaWatch has hosted public forums in various parts of the state to explore issues that have impact on Iowans. The first such forum, Critical Decisions about Elder Care, was held April 29, 2014, in Des Moines. A second forum, featuring the documentary Breaking the Cycle: Meth Addiction In The Heartland was held July 1, 2014, in Council Bluffs to discuss the effect of methamphetamine addiction on Iowa families. Subsequent forums on the Breaking the Cycle documentary were held Nov. 19, 2014, in Des Moines and Nov. 20, 2014, in Iowa City. A forum on how to keep young talent in Iowa was held on May 12, 2015, in Waterloo with The Courier newspaper, and on July 22, 2015, in Coralville with the Corridor Business Journal. A forum that explored whether or not boundaries should exist for free speech was held in Iowa City on May 2, 2016, with KGAN-TV CBS2 and the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Check here for updates about the IowaWatch Connection.

COVERAGE MAP OF THE IOWAWATCH CONNECTION

The IowaWatch Connection airs on 19 radio stations covering Iowa, reaching listeners across the state and parts of Iowa’s seven neighboring states. Additionally, an Illinois high school station, WLTL-FM, airs the program during the school year as a teaching tool for students and to help fulfill its public service responsibility.

The IowaWatch Connection airs on 19 stations that cover Iowa and a 20th station in Illinois. This image shows the stations' combined coverage areas.

The IowaWatch Connection airs on 19 stations that cover Iowa and a 20th station in Illinois. This image shows the stations’ combined coverage areas.

FIND A STATION NEAR YOU

KVFD-AM, Fort Dodge — Fridays at 10 a.m.
KALA-FM, Davenport — Fridays at 10:30 p.m.
WMT-AM, Cedar Rapids — Saturdays at 5 a.m; and Sundays at 4 a.m. and 10:30 p.m.
KOIL, Omaha — Saturdays at 5:30 a.m.
KSIB-FM, Creston — Saturdays at 6 a.m.
KXEL-AM, Waterloo/Cedar Falls — Saturdays at 6 a.m. and Sundays at 11 a.m.
KROS-AM, Clinton — Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
KROS-FM, Clinton — Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and Sundays at 10 a.m.
WHO-AM, Des Moines — Sundays at 5:30 a.m.
KRTI-FM, Newton/Grinnell — Sundays at 5:30 a.m.
KCYZ-FM, Ames — Sundays at 6 a.m.
KSCJ-AM, Sioux City — Sundays at 6:30 a.m.
KSCJ-FM, Sioux City — Sundays at 6:30 a.m.
KMA-AM, Shenandoah — Sundays at 6:35 a.m.
KMA-FM, Clarinda — Sundays at 6:35 a.m.
KGLO-AM, Mason City — Sundays at 7:06 a.m.
WLTL-FM, LaGrange (IL) — Sundays at 7:30 a.m. during the school year.
KASI-AM, Ames — Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
KXIC-AM, Iowa City — Sundays at 8:30 a.m.
KFJB-AM, Marshalltown — Sundays at 10:30 a.m.

RECENT EPISODES

Topics covered include the political climate in Iowa, determining the truth in the news we consume, our cybersecurity and water quality in Iowa.

Program Topic Listen
168
Sept. 15-17, 2017
Iowa Caucus Reform, Revisited — Iowa’s presidential precinct caucuses are the unique start to the national nominating process every four years…now there are proposals to improve them.
Categories: Politics
Guests:

  • David Yepsen, host, “Iowa Press”, IPTV/Johnston
  • David Andersen, political science professor, ISU/Ames
  • Dave Nagle, attorney and former congressman/Waterloo
167
Sept. 8-10, 2017
Tax Breaks and Economic Development — A recent deal struck to bring a new Apple center near Des Moines has led to discussion about the concept of government intervention in economic development.
Categories: Government, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Christine Romans, CNN/New York
  • Quentin Hart, mayor/Waterloo
  • David Swenson, economist/Iowa State University
  • Ernie Goss, economist/Creighton University
166
Sept. 1-3, 2017
Verne Marshall and his Gazette, Revisited — He exposed corruption and helped his newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize in the 1930s. But how this Iowan did it was anything but ordinary.
Categories: Government, Center News
Guests:

  • Zack Kucharski, editor, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
  • Jerry Harrington, author/Iowa City
  • Lyle Muller/Iowa Watch
165
August 25-27, 2017
ADA and School Compliance 2017 Revisited — Now that a new school year is underway, we revisit a program that received honors from the Iowa Broadcast News Association when it was originally broadcast. The federal Americans with Disabilities Act is intended to help people access public facilities. But a 2016 IowaWatch investigation showed most of our schools are not in compliance with the law.
Categories: Education
Guests:

  • Tara Thomas, Waterloo Community Schools/Waterloo
  • Cael Rudkin, student/State Center
  • Joey Rudkin, parent/State Center
  • Hannah Soyer, IowaWatch
164
August 18-20, 2017
Voices of Veterans — We say we want to support our veterans but what does that mean? Iowa veterans offer suggestions on what that could be.
Categories: Government and Politics, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Lloyd Querry, Army veteran/West Des Moines
  • Lana Gillaspie, Navy veteran/Knoxville
  • Joe Stutler, Desert Storm veteran/Marion
  • Rachel Brown, Navy veteran/Waukee
  • Robert Boyd, Army veteran/Carroll
  • Ron Healey, Vietnam veteran/Dubuque
  • Ronald Lehman, Marines veteran/Grimes
  • Bruce Montis, Marines veteran/Waukee
  • Earl Mefford, WWII veteran/Hedrick
  • Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds
  • U.S. Rep. Dave Loebsack, D-Iowa
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
163
August 11-13, 2017
Veterans Services — We’ve previously heard the first-hand accounts of veterans who had difficulty reintegrating into society. We hear from those whose jobs are to help veterans and tell their stories.
Categories: Government and Politics, Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Kevin Dill, Black Hawk County veteran affairs office/Waterloo
  • Phoebe Trepp, Willis Dady Homeless Services/Cedar Rapids
  • Chris Shackelford, Grout Museum District/Waterloo
  • Bob Neymeyer, Grout Museum District/Waterloo
162
August 4-6, 2017
Controversial Police Interrogation Techniques — Supporters say it gets the toughest criminals to confess but does one particular interrogation technique also convince innocent people to confess to something they didn’t do?
Categories: Criminal Justice
Guests:

  • Dorothy Varallo-Speckeen, Moline, IL, the accused
  • Jennifer Schaefer, Moline, IL, friend of accused
  • Audio from Varallo-Speckeen police interrogation
  • Dean Strang, Madison, WI, lawyer
161
July 29-31, 2017
College Campus Rhetoric, Revisited — Political debate these days is spirited but is all that discussion leading us anywhere good?
Categories: Politics, Education
Guests:

  • Jim Bohannon, talk show host/Westwood One
  • Chase Harrison, KBVU Radio/Buena Vista University
  • Naomi Clark, English professor/Loras College
  • Sashay Carroll, student/University of Northern Iowa
  • Nezreen Iskandrani, student/William Penn University
  • Aaron Clemens, student/William Penn University
  • Alexander Newkirk, student/University of Northern Iowa
  • Adrienne Pearson, student/Loras College
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
160
July 21-23, 2017
Farmland Ownership And Food Security — One important way to ensure food security in the United States is to keep farmland ownership from going into foreign hands. That doesn’t always happen. We exam why, and how Iowa law prohibits foreign farmland ownership.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs
Guests:

  • Johnathan Hettinger, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting/Urbana-Champaign
  • Brant Houston, Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting and University of Illinois/Urbana-Champaign
  • Neil Hamilton, Drake University/Des Moines
  • Sen. Charles Grassley/R-New Hartford
  • Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
159
July 14-16, 2017
Cyber Identity Theft, Revisited — Iowans increasingly are becoming targets of identity thefts. Reports were up 30 percent in one year alone. Protecting your personal information in cyberspace is our topic.
Categories: Criminal Justice, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Elizabeth Bell, identity theft victim/Fairfield
  • Kevin Anderson, director of enterprise information/Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Christy Eichelberger, identity theft victim/Altoona
  • Madison Wilson, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Stephanie Woodruff, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Erich Bogner, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Alex Kirkpatrick, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Clayton Bowers, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
158
July 7-9, 2017
Lobbying our Lawmakers, Revisited — State legislators get pulled in many directions by those who wish to have their favorite policies put into law
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Steve Dust, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber/Waterloo
  • State Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Marion)
  • State Sen. Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids)
  • Anthony Carroll, AARP Iowa/Des Moines
157
June 30-July 2, 2017
Detecting Fake News, Revisited — How can audiences separate real news from fake news? How can news consumers take steps to better evaluate what they read, see and hear?
Categories: Education, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • David Ryfe, University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication director/Iowa City
  • Stephen Berry/IowaWatch
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
156
June 23-25, 2017
The Difficulty Of Investigative Reporting — The craft of journalism has never been easy. How to address the challenge of reporting for the public’s benefit?
Categories: Education, Center News
Guests:

  • Stephen Berry/IowaWatch
  • Lyle Muller/Iowa Watch
155
June 16-18, 2017
Iowa Caucus Reform — Iowa’s presidential precinct caucuses are the unique start to the national nominating process every four years…now there are proposals to improve them.
Categories: Politics
Guests:

  • David Yepsen, host, “Iowa Press”, IPTV/Johnston
  • David Andersen, political science professor, ISU/Ames
  • Dave Nagle, attorney and former congressman/Waterloo
154
June 9-11, 2017
Well Water Revisited — If you get your water from a private well there are hazards. But for many, it’s not an issue. The results of an IowaWatch investigation on well water quality are presented.
Categories: Health, Environment
Guests:

  • Jenny and Craig Melvin, Farragut, Iowa
  • Bob Libra, Iowa state geologist/Des Moines
  • Russ Tell, senior environmental specialist, Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources/Des Moines
  • Terri Daringer, Shelby County (IA) environmental health director
  • Joan Michels, Earling, Iowa
  • Sherry Storjohann, Crawford and Carroll counties’ environmental health specialist
  • Lauren Mills Shotwell, reporter/Iowa City
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
153
June 2-4, 2017
Another Pulitzer for Editorials — Storm Lake’s Art Cullen won the national Pulitzer for editorial writing. In this program, we hear from the last Iowan to win the honor, and tell about an event coming up in June where both will be on the same stage.
Categories: Education, Center News
Guests:

  • Michael Gartner, Pulitzer recipient/Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
152
May 26-28, 2017
The Branstad Legacy Revisited — The longest-serving governor in American history has now become the U.S. Ambassador to China. Some of the many people who know him and his work comment.
Categories: Politics
Guests:

  • Ambassador Terry Branstad
  • Mike Ralston, Iowa Association of Business and Industry/Des Moines
  • Jennifer Jacobs, political reporter, Bloomberg/Washington, D.C.
  • Adam Mason, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement/Des Moines
  • Steve Dust, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber/Waterloo
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
151
May 19-21, 2017
College Campus Rhetoric — Political debate these days is spirited but is all that discussion leading us anywhere good?
Categories: Politics, Education
Guests:

  • Jim Bohannon, talk show host/Westwood One
  • Chase Harrison, KBVU Radio/Buena Vista University
  • Naomi Clark, English professor/Loras College
  • Sashay Carroll, student/University of Northern Iowa
  • Nezreen Iskandrani, student/William Penn University
  • Aaron Clemens, student/William Penn University
  • Alexander Newkirk, student/University of Northern Iowa
  • Adrienne Pearson, student/Loras College
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
150
May 12-14, 2017
Job Market 2017 Revisited — They’ll leave college with far more debt than their parents but will jobs be there for the Class of 2017?
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Education
Guests:

  • Debra Hodges-Harmon, Iowa Workforce Development/Waterloo
  • Connor Keenan, Iowa State University student
  • Celeste Welshons, Iowa State University student
  • Donya Harvey, Americorps VISTA/Des Moines
  • Chandler Faldet, business owner/Ankeny
  • Jim Scieszinski, Iowa State University student
  • Lily Abromeit, University of Iowa student, former Daily Iowan editor
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
149
May 5-7, 2017
2017 Legislative Session Review — The 2017 Iowa legislative session is over but may go down in history for the scope of action taken. What does all that mean for 2018?
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Christopher Larimer, political science professor, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Paul Pate, Iowa Secretary of State/Des Moines
  • Erin Murphy, Lee Enterprises/Des Moines
  • Rep. David Sieck/R-Glenwood
  • Rep. Tom Moore/R-Griswold
  • Rep. Mary Wolfe/D-Clinton
  • Sen. Rita Hart/D-Wheatland
  • Rep. Walt Rogers/R-Cedar Falls
  • Sen. Jeff Danielson/D-Cedar Falls
148
April 28-30, 2017
Cyber Identity Theft — Iowans increasingly are becoming targets of identity thefts. Reports were up 30 percent in one year alone. Protecting your personal information in cyberspace is our topic.
Categories: Criminal Justice, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Elizabeth Bell, identity theft victim/Fairfield
  • Kevin Anderson, director of enterprise information/Farm Bureau Insurance
  • Christy Eichelberger, identity theft victim/Altoona
  • Madison Wilson, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Stephanie Woodruff, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Erich Bogner, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Alex Kirkpatrick, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Clayton Bowers, reporter/IowaWatch, Simpson College journalism project reporter
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
147
April 21-23, 2017
Fake News — How can audiences separate real news from fake news? How can news consumers take steps to better evaluate what they read, see and hear?
Categories: Education, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • David Ryfe, University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication director/Iowa City
  • Stephen Berry/IowaWatch
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
146
April 14-16, 2017
Teaching shortage Revisited — Iowa is facing a teacher shortage…why is that, and how are schools and universities dealing with the challenge?
Categories: Education, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Bev Smith, associate superintendent, Waterloo Community Schools/Waterloo
  • Mark Nook, president, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Tammy Wawro, president, Iowa State Education Association/Cedar Rapids
  • Jill Uhlenberg, dean of the department of curriculum and instruction, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Nancy Langguth, associate dean, college of education, University of Iowa/Iowa City
145
April 7-9, 2017
Verne Marshall and his Gazette, Revisited — He exposed corruption and helped his newspaper win a Pulitzer Prize in the 1930s…but how this Iowan did it was anything but ordinary.
Categories: Government, Center News
Guests:

  • Zack Kucharski, editor, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
  • Jerry Harrington, author/Iowa City
  • Lyle Muller/Iowa Watch
144
March 31-April 2, 2017
The Difficulty Of Investigative Reporting — The craft of journalism has never been easy. How to address the challenge of reporting for the public’s benefit?
Categories: Education, Center News
Guests:

  • Stephen Berry/IowaWatch
  • Lyle Muller/Iowa Watch
143
March 24-26, 2017
A Look At The Career Of Dean Borg, Revisited — After practicing radio and television journalism in Iowa for parts of seven decades, Dean Borg retired in January 2017 as host of Iowa Public Television’s “Iowa Press” series.
Categories: Education, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Dean Borg, journalist/Mount Vernon
  • David Yepsen, journalist/Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller/Iowa Watch
142
March 17-19, 2017
Crisis in our Wells: An IowaWatch Investigation — If you get your water from a private well there are hazards…but for many, it’s not an issue. The results of an IowaWatch investigation on Well Water Quality are presented.
Categories: Health and Environment
Guests:

  • Jenny and Craig Melvin, Farragut, Iowa
  • Bob Libra, Iowa state geologist/Des Moines
  • Russ Tell, senior environmental specialist, Iowa Dept. of Natural Resources/Des Moines
  • Terri Daringer, Shelby County (IA) environmental health director
  • Joan Michels, Earling, Iowa
  • Sherry Storjohann, Crawford and Carroll counties’ environmental health specialist
  • Lauren Mills Shotwell, reporter/Iowa City
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
141
March 10-12, 2017
Terry Branstad’s Legacy Revisited — The longest-serving governor in American history will step down soon to become the U.S. Ambassador to China after President Donald Trump’s nomination of him to the post is confirmed. Some of the many people who know him and his work comment.
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa
  • Mike Ralston, Iowa Association of Business and Industry/Des Moines
  • James Lynch, political reporter, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
  • Jennifer Jacobs, Bloomberg Politics/Washington, D.C.
  • Adam Mason, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement/Des Moines
  • Steve Dust, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber/Waterloo
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
140
March 3-5, 2017
Reporter’s Notebook Revisited — In-depth reporting on health and government topics requires a large investment of resources and time by journalists. How some of those stories make it into print and on the air may surprise you.
Categories: Center News
Guests:

  • Tony Leys, The Des Moines Register
  • Lee Hermiston, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Chelsea Keenan, The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, IA)
  • Brittany Robb/IowaWatch
  • Thomas Nelson/IowaWatch
139
Feb 24-26, 2017
Lobbying our Lawmakers — State legislators get pulled in many directions by those who wish to have their favorite policies put into law
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Steve Dust, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber/Waterloo
  • State Rep. Ashley Hinson (R-Marion)
  • State Sen. Rob Hogg (D-Cedar Rapids)
  • Anthony Carroll, AARP Iowa/Des Moines
138
Feb 17-19, 2017
Job Market 2017 — They’ll leave college with far more debt than their parents…but will jobs be there for them?
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Education
Guests:

  • Debra Hodges-Harmon, Iowa Workforce Development/Waterloo
  • Connor Keenan, Iowa State University student
  • Celeste Welshons, Iowa State University student
  • Donya Harvey, Americorps VISTA/Des Moines
  • Chandler Faldet, business owner/Ankeny
  • Jim Scieszinski, Iowa State University student
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
137
Feb 10-12, 2017
Legislative Update — The Iowa Legislature is less than a month away from the first deadline limiting bills that can be passed this session. What surprises have lawmakers found so far as new members took their seats, and old members had to re-examine their roles?
Categories: Government and Politics
Guests:

  • State Rep. Bruce Bearinger (D-Oelwein)
  • State Rep. Clel Baudler (R-Greenfield)
  • State Rep. Charles Isenhart (D-Dubuque)
  • State Sen. Daniel Zumbach (R-Ryan)
  • State Sen. Jeff Danielson (D-Cedar Falls)
  • Tammy Wawro, president, Iowa State Education Association/Cedar Rapids
  • Joe Gorton, president, United Faculty/Cedar Falls
  • Ed Tibbetts, Quad-City Times/Davenport
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
136
Feb 3-5, 2017
Water Quality Revisted — You might want to know what goes into your drinking water supply upstream if your city treats river water.
Categories: Environment, Government and Politics
Guests:

  • Dana Kolpin, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Rich Oswald, superintendent of the East River Station/Davenport, Iowa
  • State Sen. Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids
  • Brittany Robb/IowaWatch

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