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Iowa Journalists Struggle To Access Public Records

River to River, hosted by Ben Kieffer

This past year, some state agencies have been problematic when it comes to providing access to public information. On this River to River podcast, Iowa journalists tell their stories about fighting battles to access public information.

This episode was originally produced on July 26, 2021


  • Erin Jordan, investigative reporter, The Gazette
  • Melody Mercado, eastern suburbs and city of Des Moines beat reporter, Des Moines Register
  • Laura Belin, publisher and primary author of Bleeding Heartland a progressive blog covering Iowa Politics
  • Clark Kauffman, investigative reporter, Iowa Capital Dispatch
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River