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 newspaper, and on July 22, 2015, in Coralville with the Corridor Business Journal. A forum that explores whether or not boundaries should exist for free speech is being planned in Iowa City for May 2, 2016.

Check here for updates about the IowaWatch Connection.


The IowaWatch Connection airs on 20 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
April 29 - May 1
Campus Free Speech — College traditionally is considered a place where open speech and expression are learning tools, taking students deeper into issues. But does a line exist where speech on campus goes too far?
Categories: Education

  • Hansen Bretling, UNI student government diversity director/Cedar Falls
  • Carter Yerkes, UI student government communications and marketing liaison/Iowa City
  • Miranda Pollock, BVU assistant professor of graphic design/Storm Lake
  • Dr. James Hampton, BVU professor of biology/Storm Lake
  • Gene Policinski, Newseum Institute/Washington, D.C.
  • Nicholas Fisher, editor, Northern Iowa newspaper/Cedar Falls
  • Sam Gill, vice president for learning and impact with the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
  • Lyle Muller/Iowa Watch
April 22 - 24
Climate Change Education — In recognition of Earth Day, we took 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
April 15 - 17
Grassley Under Fire — There was a time when Chuck Grassley simply was known as a senator from Iowa. Now Americans in all 50 states want a piece of him. We take a look at how Iowa's senior senator is faring in the storm that surrounds him due to his role chairing a key Senate committee
Categories: Government and Politics

  • Sen. Charles Grassley/New Hartford
  • David Yepsen, Simon Institute for Public Policy/Carbondale, Ill.
  • Rebecca Morin, Daily Iowan/Iowa City
  • Stacey Murray, Daily Iowan/Iowa City
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch
April 8 - 10
The Current Political Scene — Iowans had some clear ideas about what they wanted the current slate of candidates to do once in office. Now, as the prospect of one or even two open conventions is upon us, was anyone listening?
Categories: Government and Politics

  • Rajah Maples, anchor/reporter, KHQA-TV/Quincy, Ill.
  • Danielle Wagner, anchor/reporter, WEAU-TV/Eau Claire, Wisc.
  • Christopher Larimer, associate professor of political science, University of Northern Iowa/Cedar Falls
  • David Yepsen, director, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute, Southern Illinois University/Carbondale, Ill.
April 1 - 3
Removing the Stigma, Part 2 — The second 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 two 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
  • Nancy Ziegenmeier Ludwig, assault survivor
  • Lyle Muller, IowaWatch


Business and Consumer Affairs
Criminal Justice
Economy and Employment
Government and Politics
Health and Environment
Center News