The IowaWatch Connection

2015_12_22_IowaWatchConnectionsWithSponsorThe 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 is underwritten by AARP Iowa.

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 newspapers, and on July 22, 2015, in Coralville with the Corridor Business Journal. One is being planned in Dubuque for February 2016 with The Telegraph Herald, Greater Dubuque Development Corp., Loras College and other potential partners.

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
February 5 - 7
Jobs Over Age 50 — The job market is changing for those over age 50, both in terms of salary paid and skills needed, requiring rethinking the workplace for those over 50.
Categories: Business and Consumer Affairs, Economy and Employment

  • Kim Wright Jones, former AIB softball coach/Des Moines
  • Brian Kaskie, associate professor of health management & policy, University of Iowa/Iowa City
  • Lin Phillips, counselor and coach, Career and Life Transition Counseling/Des Moines
  • Kathleen Watson, business consultant/Cedar Rapids
  • Aaron Lamar Doolin, job seeker/Cedar Rapids
  • Abbie Olson, director of recruiting and hiring, Hy-Vee/Johnston
  • Carlos Vega, operations manager, Iowa Workforce Development/Cedar Rapids
  • Lyle Muller/IowaWatch
Jan. 29 - 31
Weekend Before the Caucus — The debates are over. The rallies are coming to a close after a final furious weekend of activity. And the relentless advertising is about to end. With no incumbent running for president, Iowa's first in the nation presidential precinct caucuses take on a doubly important role, as the first step in the nomination process for both Democrats and Republicans.
Categories: Government and Politics

  • David Andersen, political science professor, Iowa State University/Ames
  • Benjamin Chalky, voter/North Liberty
  • Patty Moore, voter/North Liberty
  • Steve Reed, voter/Carlisle
  • Reid Slaughter, voter/Waterloo
  • Tanner Strudthoff, voter/Victor
  • Emma Rehnberg, voter/Ames
  • Kathryn Hove, voter/Solon
  • Bill Warner, voter/Coralville
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
Jan. 22 - 24
2016 Legislative Preview — The Iowa legislature is back in session. We'll talk with lawmakers from both parties, from around the state, about their priorities for this year's session, and hear from analysts about what they expect.
Categories: Government and Politics

  • Christopher Larimer, political science professor, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • Tammy Wawro, Iowa State Education Association president/Cedar Rapids
  • Jane Lindaman, superintendent, Waterloo Community School District/Waterloo
  • Rep. Beth Wessel-Kroeschell (D-Ames)
  • Rep. Matt Windschitl (R-Missouri Valley)
  • Rep. Jake Highfill (R-Johnston)
  • Rep. Dan Kelley (D-Newton)
Jan. 15 - 17
The Fight Against Opioid Addiction — Iowa is one of seven states that have not expanded access to a life-saving drug that can reverse overdoses of heroin and certain pain medications. Previous attempts failed in part due to concerns about consequences to law enforcement.
Categories: Government and Politics, Criminal Justice

  • Rep. Ako Abdul-Samad, D-Des Moines
  • Kim Brown, registered nurse and mother/Davenport
  • Steven Lukan, director of the Iowa Governor’s Office of Drug Control Policy/Des Moines
  • Patrick Reinert, Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa/Cedar Rapids
  • Lauren Mills/IowaWatch
Jan. 8 - 10
Gun Violence in Iowa Revisited — The number of shootings in Iowa’s major cities is increasing, but law enforcement says it’s due to a small number of people.
Categories: Criminal Justice

  • Dan Trelka, public safety director and police chief/Waterloo
  • Wayne Jerman, police chief/Cedar Rapids
  • Dr. Roxann Ryan, commissioner, Iowa Department of Public Safety/Des Moines
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch


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Economy and Employment
Government and Politics
Health and Environment
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