Julie Gammack's Iowa Potluck
Julie Gammack's Iowa Potluck
Meet Iowa Capital Dispatch's reporter who will be covering higher education

Meet Iowa Capital Dispatch's reporter who will be covering higher education


Our Monday Zoom lunch guests on May 15 (in the podcast above) were Kathie Obradovich and her newest addition to the stellar Iowa Capital Dispatch team, Brooklyn Draisey. In this conversation you will listen to Obradovich, the managing editor of Dispatch, and Brooklyn. You’ll also hear questions and suggestions from experienced journalists on the call, who are welcoming Brooklyn to this very important beat.

Iowa just lost Iowa Wesleyan University, a 181-year-old fixture and employer in the town of Mt. Pleasant. This is speculation, but I can’t help wonder if the plight of the school had been wider known, would it have made a difference? Read Chuck Offenburger’s report.

Colleges are facing real headwinds going into the future. Will they falter? What will that do to the towns without the gowns on graduation day each year? Is it one more step toward the death of the college towns that rely on income generated by their existence?

Listen to the podcast, and share this important bit of news to those you know will have an interest.

And for those who can, read and donate to Iowa Capital Dispatch. We need all the local coverage we can support. A problem named can be a problem solved. Ignoring or hiding issues does not work.

Our guest Monday, May 22, is Randy Bauer. He served for seven years as budget director for the State of Iowa. He’ll be able to answer our questions about tax policy, lack thereof, and other budget issues. For more: https://www.pfm.com/who-we-are/professional?name=rbauer


  • Bauer was a  member of the Iowa Senate Democratic Research Staff from 1987-1998, with primary responsibilities for budget, tax, and economic development policy.

  • Governor Tom Vilsack appointed him state budget director in January 1999, and he held that position through July 2005.

  • Bauer joined Public Financial Management Inc., (now PFM Group Consulting LLC) in July 2005. PFM is an independent financial advisory firm to state and local governments throughout the US, with 38 locations, including an office in downtown Des Moines. He lead its state government, tax policy, and business incentives consulting practices.

The Monday Zoom Lunch session is an ongoing feature available to all subscribers to Julie Gammack’s Potluck. Here is your link to the call: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89246007435

What the hell happened to Iowa?

Rekha Basu and I have a podcast we call: What the hell happened to Iowa? We just released a two-part episode about what the hell happened to media in Iowa. You’ll hear from Trish Nelson, Nicholas Johnson, Tom Stoner and Ted Koppel. Yep, THE Ted Koppel. The second part is a stand alone conversation with the veteran broadcaster:

What the hell happened to Iowa?
Broadcast media's rightward shift in Iowa
Listen now (53 min) | Rekha and Julie offer a two-part series discussing ‘What the hell happened to Iowa?’ focusing on how Iowa's media landscape has changed. We offer four points of view; first, from Trish Nelson, a listener who has monitored the changes in Iowa radio stations' news/talk format…
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Iowa Writers’ Collaborative

A new columnist has joined the ranks of the Iowa Writers’ Collaborative! Please welcome Wini Moranville, food writer, and restaurant reviewer, whose work has appeared in The Des Moines Register, DM Magazine, and Meredith publications. About The Iowa Writers’ Collaborative

We do not accept advertising. We are linking readers directly to Iowa writers. By becoming a paid subscriber, you can bring a smile to a columnist for the cost of a double-quarter pounder with cheese. Pick one or more, and help sustain this movement.

Laura Belin: Iowa Politics with Laura Belin, Windsor Heights
Doug Burns: The Iowa Mercury, Carroll
Dave Busiek: Dave Busiek on Media, Des Moines
Art Cullen: Art Cullen’s Notebook, Storm Lake
Suzanna de Baca Dispatches from the Heartland, Huxley
Debra Engle: A Whole New World, Madison County
Julie Gammack: Julie Gammack’s Iowa Potluck, Des Moines and Okoboji
Joe Geha: Fern and Joe, Ames
Jody Gifford: Benign Inspiration, West Des Moines
Nik Heftman, The Seven Times, Los Angeles and Iowa
Beth Hoffman: In the Dirt, Lovilla
Dana James: New Black Iowa, Des Moines
Pat Kinney: View from Cedar Valley, Waterloo
Fern Kupfer: Fern and Joe, Ames
Robert Leonard: Deep Midwest: Politics and Culture, Bussey
Tar Macias: Hola Iowa, Iowa
Kurt Meyer, Showing Up, St. Ansgar
Wini Moranville, Wini’s Food Stories, Des Moines
Kyle Munson, Kyle Munson’s Main Street, Des Moines
Jane Nguyen, The Asian Iowan, West Des Moines
John Naughton: My Life, in Color, Des Moines
Chuck Offenburger: Iowa Boy Chuck Offenburger, Jefferson and Des Moines
Barry Piatt: Piatt on Politics: Behind the Curtains, Washington, D.C.
Macey Spensley, The Midwest Creative, Davenport and Des Moines
Larry Stone, Listening to the Land, Elkader
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Buggy Land, Kalona
Mary Swander: Mary Swander’s Emerging Voices, Kalona
Cheryl Tevis: Unfinished Business, Boone County
Ed Tibbetts: Along the Mississippi, Davenport
Teresa Zilk: Talking Good, Des Moines
The Iowa Writers Collaborative is also proud to ally with Iowa Capital Dispatch.
Wini’s Food Stories
What? You're reviewing restaurants again?
When Julie Gammack asked me to start dining column on the Des Moines dining scene as part of th…
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