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Is Press Freedom In Crisis?

Engin Akyurt

According to U.S. Press Freedom Tracker, so far this year 54 journalists have been attacked, 19 arrested. On this edition of River to River, is press freedom in crisis? 

Ben Kieffer speaks with a variety of guests, including the executive editor of the Des Moines Register about incidents between two of her reporters and police during protests. Later on, Kieffer is joined by the managing editor of the Northwest Iowa Review, Ty Rushing, about his experience covering protests as a black journalist.


  • Carol Hunter, executive editor, Des Moines Register
  • Michael Bugeja, professor of journalism at the Greenlee School of Journalsim and Communication at Iowa State University
  • Tom Hodson, director, WOUB Public Media, attorney, former judge
  • Ty Rushing, managing editor, Northwest Iowa Review
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River