The IowaWatch Connection

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The IowaWatch Connection, a statewide audience engagement program, was launched as a pilot with a $25,000 John S. and James L. Knight Foundation grant awarded through the Investigative News Network.

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.



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.


The IowaWatch Connection airs on 19 radio stations covering Iowa. The broadcasts reach listeners across Iowa and parts of Iowa's seven neighboring states. Additionally, an Illinois high school station, WLTL-FM, is airing the program 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.


Click the yellow icons on the map below to find stations near you that air the IowaWatch Connection, along with air times.


Topics covered include farm safety and safety regulations, the stigma of depression among college students and coverage of the political climate in Iowa.

Program Topic Listen
July 15 - 17
Climate Change Education — We take a look at how the issue of climate change is taught and viewed by high school students and teachers. It's a special project, our first working with high school journalists.
Categories: Education, Health and Environment

  • Lynn Griffin, science teacher/Cedar Falls
  • Sarah Gao, senior/Cedar Falls
  • Brennan Kohls, junior/Cedar Falls
  • Brad Baker, chemistry teacher/Cedar Falls
  • Kamyar Enshayan, UNI Center for Energy and Environmental Education/Cedar Falls
  • Olivia Martin, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Tana Gahm-Ad, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Sarah Stortz, journalist/Cedar Falls
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
July 8 - 10
Removing the Stigma Revisited, Part 2 — We conclude a second look at the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism that became a ground-breaking series and helped change the conversation about rape.
Categories: Criminal Justice

  • Jane Schorer Meisner, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
  • Nancy Ziengenmeyer Ludwig, rape victim who went public about it
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
July 1 - 3
Removing the Stigma Revisited, Part 1 — The first in a series of programs on Pulitzer Prize-winning Iowa journalists and the stories they told that added to our state's history. This program is part one of a two-part series, remembering a ground-breaking series that helped removed the stigma from rape.
Categories: Criminal Justice

  • Jane Schorer Meisner, Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
June 24 - 26
Heroin in the Heartland — Forty-four people die everyday in the U.S. from overdose of prescription pain killers, according to statistics provided by the U.S. Attorney’s office. Annually those overdose deaths exceed motor vehicle or firearms deaths. Iowa communities are working to address addiction issues, but for some those efforts are too late.
Categories: Health and Environment, Criminal Justice

  • Lori Peter, mother/Cascade, Iowa
  • Al Fear, Cedar Rapids Police Department, Eastern Iowa Heroin Initiative/Cedar Rapids
  • Lee Hermiston, reporter, The Gazette/Cedar Rapids
  • Kevin Techau, U.S. Attorney For Northern District Of Iowa/Cedar Rapids
June 17 - 19
Pesticide Hazards — Iowa’s wide expanses of row-cropped fields produced roughly 2.5 billion bushels of corn and 554 million bushels of soybeans in 2015. And for many, those high yields are thanks in part to pesticides. But what impact, if any, do those chemicals have on our health? It’s a controversial topic and the answer is hard to pin down. In many cases, those we spoke with said the jury is still out.
Categories: Agriculture, Health and Environment

  • Chad Ingels, Farmer, Iowa Environmental Protection Commissioner/Randalia
  • Charles Lynch, Professor, University of Iowa College of Public Health Department of Epidemiology & Principal Investigator of the State Health Registry of Iowa/Iowa Cancer Registry/Iowa City
  • Kamyar Enshayan, Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Education, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Gretchen Paluch, Pesticide Bureau Chief, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship/Des Moines
  • Mark Quee, farm manager, Scattergood Friends School/West Branch
  • Kent Boyum, member of the Iowa Organics Association Board of Directors, Director of Economic Development and government Relations for Maharishi Vedic City/Maharishi Vedic City
  • Lauren Mills, IowaWatch


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