Katelyn Harrop

Talk Show Producer

Katelyn Harrop joined Iowa Public Radio as a talk show producer in 2018, where she works on IPR’s national-award winning programs River to River and Talk of Iowa.

Before heading to Iowa, Katelyn was the News Director at WRFI Community Radio in Ithaca, New York where she produced a daily news magazine program, designed and directed the station’s original morning talk show, and co-founded a hyperlocal investigative news exchange. She has also worked as a freelance reporter covering public policy and social movements for digital publications including Vice and ATTN.

Katelyn is a proud Oregonian, and when she’s not in the office you can probably find her scoping out the Midwest’s best live music acts or hiking in Iowa’s Driftless Area.

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Feeling chilly and wondering how to fill your time indoors today? We've got you covered. Check out our latest Spotify playlist featuring curated picks from our staff to get you through these sub-zero days. 

What are your favorite songs about the cold? Tweet us @iowapublicradio. 


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You heard right. Iowa is expected to be colder than parts of Antarctica on Wednesday, with sub-zero temperatures expected to settle over the state Tuesday night. These will be some of the coldest days since 1996, when sub-zero temperatures lasted for more than 130 hours in much of the state.


On day 35 of the partial government shutdown, one furloughed federal employee expresses concern over how signifciantly reduced staffing at state historic sites could impact the condition of some of the most treasured artifacts in Iowa. 

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Constitutional interpretation is at the forefront of this week's court news, with questions about the Second Amendment and gender identity dominating the conversation.

Host Ben Kieffer is joined by University of Iowa College of Law professor Paul Gowder and University of Northern Iowa political science professor Scott Peters for a look at the meaning and potential impact of several major state and federal supreme court headlines from the week. 

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There’s a record gender divide in voting patterns, a record number of Democratic women in the new Congress, and now a record number of female contenders in the Democratic presidential field.

On this politics day edition of River to River, analyists Dave Andersen and Jonathan Hassid of Iowa State University join host Ben Kieffer for a look at the batch of contenders vying to representing the Democratic party in the 2020 presidential race. 

But first, updates on the government shutdown as it surpases the one-month mark and new developments in the Russia probe. 

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With most members of Congress heading home for a long weekend, the government shutdown is essentially guaranteed to enter its second month. In the midst of this continuing shutdown, Iowa Congressman Steve King has come under fire for his racist remarks and faces calls for resignation. 

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The challenges facing small Iowa towns seem to multiply with each passing year. These challenges are not unique to Iowa and the Orton Family Foundation, a small and rural community-focused non-profit based out of Vermont, has developed an approach aimed at improving community success and wellbeing from the inside out.


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In this hour of River to River, host Ben Kieffer looks back at some of the biggest Iowa news stories from 2018 with Iowa Public Radio reporters Kate Payne, Katie Peikes, Katarina Sostaric, Clay Masters, and Amy Mayer.


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With 99 counties and some serious driving time between major metropolitan centers, it’s easy for Iowa’s artists community to feel decentralized and sprawing. The Iowa Arts Council wants that to change.

2014 marked the first class of fellows under the Iowa Artist Fellowship, and five years later, the program continues, with five Iowa artists receiving $10,000 each to support their artistic endeavors and professional development.

On this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe explores the work of three fellows to learn more about the breadth of artistic work happening here in Iowa.


Noah Doely is a cross-discipline artist, working in photography, sculpture, and video. Most recently, Doely has focused his energy on a series of constructed, tableau-based cyanotypes -- a 19th century iron-based photography process that creates monochromatic images in a striking shade of blue. Doely is an assistant professor of photography at the University of Northern Iowa and has exhibited his work nationally and internationally in venues including the San Diego Museum of Art, Des Moines Art Center, and Viafarini in Milan, Italy.


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Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren will visit Iowa today, just a few days after launching her 2020 exploratory committee for a White House bid. 

On this news buzz edition of River to River, host Emily Woodbury speaks with political analyst Donna Hoffman of the University of Northern Iowa for analysis ahead of Senator Warren's visit to Council Bluffs, Sioux City, Storm Lake, and Des Moines.

Also in today's program:

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An act of kindness can make you smile, warm your heart, or even change your life. On this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe talks with five Iowans who share their stories.

Patrik Emmert of Des Moines makes music from a yard nuisance by turning branches of a downed tree in the family’s backyard into a one-of-a-kind boxelder wood violin for his daughter Natalee.

Years after leaving prison Jamie Ross maintains a friendship with a woman who changed her life behind bars.

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Many people struggle with personal finance, and financial literacy training often falls especially short for women and young people. In this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by three women who specialize in personal finance to discuss saving, budgeting, investing, and more.

Nannette Joel Beech, better known as Joey Beech, is the author of “A Girl’s Guide to Personal Finance.” The book was born out of Beech’s relationship with her own daughter, who came to her for financial advice after taking her first post-college job.

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The state's share of costs for the Children's Health Insurace Program, also known as CHIP or HAWK-I in Iowa, is expected to increase as federal funding drops.


On this News Buzz edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Ann Discher of the Child and Family Policy Center in Des Moines to learn more.




A new investigative series from the Cedar Rapids Gazette shows that Iowa has a long way to go when it comes to clean waterways and reductions in nitrate and phosphorus runoff.


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The search is on for a new White House Chief of Staff. Who’s up for the task?

Host Ben Kieffer is joined by faculty director of Latina/o Studies and associate professor of Political Science at the University of Iowa Rene Rocha and associate professor of Political Science at Iowa State University Jonathan Hassid for this politics day edition of River to River.


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"We the Interwoven: an Anthology of Bicultural Iowa" from the Iowa Writers' House is one of the first books of its kind. It's an anthology of work written and illistrated by Iowans with multicultural backgrounds, and it's aimed at telling truly Iowa stories that often go unheard. 

In this hour of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe is joined by Andrea Wilson, editor of We the Interwoven and founder of the Iowa Writer's House in Iowa City, for a discussion on the creation of the book, and the Bicultural Iowa Writer's Fellowship that jumpstarted its founding. 

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$800,000 of taxpayer money will settle an excessive force settlement filed by a northeast Iowa man who was battered by two Des Moines police officers.

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Recent reports on an Iowa-based residential school for foster children detail accounts of physical and verbal abuse, excessive restraint and segregation, and sex crimes against students.

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Did you know that the nation’s oldest literary magazine is alive right here in Iowa?

The North American Review moved from the east coast in the 1960s, carrying its legacy that boasts writers like John Steinbeck, Walt Whitman, Margaret Atwood, and Kurt Vonnegut, into the Midwest.


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On October 15 2017, actress Alyssa Milano typed a tweet asking women to reply #MeToo if they'd been sexually harrassed or assualted. The next morning, she woke up to 55,000 responses.

During this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo, Alyssa talks about what she thinks has been accomplished by #MeToo in the last year. 

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Human trafficking is one of the world’s largest criminal industries. It’s a form of human slavery, often a form of sexual exploitation, and it happens everywhere, even in Iowa. 

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"Men are afraid women will reject them. Women are afraid men will kill them." This is a phrase we've seen quoted all over the internet since #MeToo went viral last year. 

During this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo, Tiffany Allison, founder of the Soaring Hearts Foundation and a survivor of domestic violence, talks about the night her ex-boyfriend nearly beat her to death by bashing her head into a hardwood staircase and hitting her with a wrought iron cross. 


When a well-known and influential writer, actor, or filmmaker gets accused of inappropriate or even illegal behavior, what happens to their body of work? Has the art that was created lost its value? How should people who loved and were influenced by that art respond?

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Talking to kids about sex has long been a challenge for parents, and these conversations often focus solely on the prevention of pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.


#MeToo continues to be a powerful conversation starter about power dynamics and gender roles, and phrases like "toxic masculinity" are becoming mainstream.

During this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo, we hear from Bryant Smith, author of Manhood: The Missing Manual and talk about "the man box" and how to get outside of it. 


In July of 2018, 20-year-old Mollie Tibbetts of Brooklyn, Iowa went out for a run and never came home. More than a month later, her body was found in a cornfield.

The murder suspect, a 24-year-old man, allegedly followed Mollie on her run, and when his sexual advances were rejected, he murdered her. 

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More than one high-profile politician, or worried mother, has voiced the concern that "it's a scary time to be a young man in America," post #MeToo. And it's true that the movement has left young men and women with a giant mess of ever-changing expectations to navigate when it comes to dating and negotiating sex. 

In this episode of Unsettled: Mapping #MeToo: how conversations between men are changing. 

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Since #MeToo went viral, there's been a growing conversation surrounding consent, and we see "yes means yes" winning over "no means no," as a way to ask about having sex. 

As interviewers, we know that asking yes or no questions doesn't always lead to the greatest conversation, so we wanted to talk about introducing a more open ended question like "what do you like?" 

Whether it brings you into a specific place, period, or just articulates that inexplicable feeling of home, a good book has a special ability to illicit the spirit and energy of a place unlike any other medium.

On this hour of Talk of Iowa, a look at books that evoke Iowa as a place and culture.

Host Charity Nebbe is joined by Adult Services Coordinator at Iowa City Public Library Maeve Clark, Adult Services Librarian at as Carnegie-Stout Public Library in Dubuque Mike May, and Professor of Librarianship at Drake University Bruce Gilbert.