Retiring KCCI anchor turned struggles with depression into advocacy
When KCCI news anchor Steve Karlin posted to Facebook about his struggles with depression, he said he felt like he needed to "publicly shame" himself.
Being a cheery on-air presence, he felt he needed to show people his authentic self and warn them not to wait like he did to get treatment. It turned out to be the best thing he ever did, Karlin said, and led to him becoming an advocate for mental health awareness. Karlin joined River to River host Ben Kieffer to talk about his upcoming retirement from KCCI after more than three decades working for the central Iowa TV station.
Before that, IPR's Grant Gerlock discusses the recent passage of the school choice bill. Now signed into law, families could receive up to $7,598 of state money per child per year for private school tuition. Opponents say shifting hundreds of millions in education funding to religious and other private institutions will harm public schools, particularly rural ones.
- Grant Gerlock, education reporter, Iowa Public Radio
- Steve Karlin, KCCI 8 News anchor