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A Breakdown Of The Mollie Tibbetts Murder Trial

The murder of a 20-year-old University of Iowa student in the summer of 2018 sparked a month-long manhunt and drew national attention. On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks to Iowa Public Radio reporter Kate Payne about the trial of Cristhian Bahena Rivera for the murder of Mollie Tibbetts.

Later in the show, IPR’s Grant Gerlock reflects on the challenging year in Iowa’s public schools and reaction to the Governor’s ban on mask mandates in the final weeks of the school year. Then, Kassidy Arena reflects on the Des Moines memorial for George Floyd. The Gazette’s Michaela Ramm gives a vaccination update and offers COVID-19 travel tips for the holiday weekend ahead.


  • Kate Payne, reporter, Iowa Public Radio
  • Grant Gerlock, reporter, Iowa Public Radio
  • Kassidy Arena, reporter, Iowa Public Radio
  • Michaela Ramm, health care reporter, The Gazette
  • Cory Mitchell, meteorologist, National Weather Service in Des Moines
  • Tony Dehner, host, Studio One, Iowa Public Radio
Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa