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Small Town Iowa Newspapers Facing A Financial Crisis

Charles Deluvio
In an editorial published on April 3, 2020 Art Cullen writes that his newspaper is committed to serving Storm Lake, Buena Vista County and Iowa for as long as they “can draw a breath.” ";s:

On this “news buzz” edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for the Storm Lake Times Art Cullen about what he calls an existential crisis for his small town paper.

Later in the program, political scientist Chris Larimer speaks about Iowa holding out on mandatory stay at home orders, Iowa Public Radio’s Amy Mayer has the latest on agriculture and a virtual egg hunt for the Easter weekend ahead.


  • Art Cullen, Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial writer for The Storm Lake Times
  • Chris Larimer, professor of politics at the University of Northern Iowa
  • Amy Mayer, Harvest Public Media and IPR agriculture reporter
  • Katie Nola, director of marketing communications for the Iowa Egg Council
  • Greg Orwell, director of DuRide
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River