How IowaWatch alums are shaping COVID-19 coverage across the U.S.

Elderly folks are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. So are jail and prison inmates living in close quarters that allow the virus to easily spread. 

That means elderly inmates face a double whammy of risk. So why was Illinois offering so few reprieves to elderly inmates at a time when the state was letting out hundreds of other prisoners to alleviate crowding? And why does Illinois incarcerate so many older folks to begin with? 

Emily Hoerner is answering such life-and-death questions for Injustice Watch, a Chicago-based nonprofit news outlet that exposes institutional failures that obstruct justice and equality, where she has reported since 2015. 

Hoerner was among IowaWatch’s first interns in 2011 and 2012 as a University of Iowa student, and she is among a long list of IowaWatch alums who are now watchdogging government officials, shining a light on injustices and offering critical information to communities during a pandemic that has upended life across the United States. “IowaWatch was the place where I really first learned about the importance of understanding the nuance in stories.

IowaWatch Multimedia Project Places in Hearst Competition

An IowaWatch multimedia series by Emily Hoerner when she was an IowaWatch reporter has been awarded ninth place in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s 2012-13 College Multimedia Journalism competition. Hoerner’s series, Path to Polarization, explored how politics has been politicized in Iowa and nationally. Hoerner wrote the stories as an honors project at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her honors adviser was Stephen Berry, an associate professor at the school and IowaWatch’s co-founder. The series was published by IowaWatch and distributed to Iowa news media for their use in November.

Obama at Alcoa, Promotes Technology and Togetherness

President Obama visits Aloca in Davenport, a manufacturing plant, as part of his Advanced Manufacturing Partnership tour throughout the United States. He encouraged further development in advanced manufacturing technology at the event.

Herman Cain

Cain Stumps to Break Away from GOP Pack in Iowa

Cain, a conservative radio talk show host from Atlanta and former CEO and president of Godfather’s Pizza, has been touring Iowa getting a feel for how much support he would have in a run for the presidency.