In this conversational session, Kylee Haueter, editor in chief of the Iowa State Daily, will interview Laura Belin, editor and primary author of Bleeding Heartland, a community blog about Iowa politics. Belin will share her experiences in trying to obtain government records and use the Freedom of Information Act.
Wednesday, April 13, 10 a.m. “Think Like a Journalist”
Note: The Zoom session will be broadcast from Room 163 Hamilton Hall. Meet as a group or watch on your own.
Laura Belin, editor and chief writer, Bleeding Heartland, a community blog about Iowa Politics
Moderator: Kylee Haueter, editor in chief, ISU Daily
About Bleeding Heartland
Bleeding Heartland is a community blog providing original reporting and commentary about Iowa politics, especially campaigns and elections, state government, social, and environmental issues. Bleeding Heartland also covers what the Iowans in Congress are up to and any federal, state, or local policies of interest to Iowa readers.
Laura Belin is Bleeding Heartland’s lead author, and she works part-time as the statehouse correspondent for 89.1 KHOI radio in Ames. Previously she was an analyst for the Prague-based Open Media Research Institute and later for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty. She covered Russian campaigns and elections, parliamentary politics, and media issues.
Des Moines Cityview’s “Civic Skinny” called Belin “probably the hardest-working — and perhaps the best — political reporter in the state” and “one of the best investigative reporters in the state.” The Fix at the Washington Post named Belin as one of Iowa’s outstanding political reporters in 2020 and previously named Bleeding Heartland among the “best state-based political blogs.” Politico put Belin on its list of “early state must-follows.” Charles Pierce of Esquire has called Bleeding Heartland an “essential Iowa political blog.”