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Clark Kauffman

Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.

Iowa’s continuing unemployment claims now top 170,000

By: - April 30, 2020

More than 28,000 Iowa workers filed new claims for unemployment last week, state officials reported Thursday. The new claims bring the number of continuing weekly unemployment claims in Iowa to 170,990. The number of initial claims filed between April 19 and April 26 totaled 28,827, according to Iowa Workforce Development. All but 1,712 of those […]

Reynolds prepares to ease lockdown and asks, ‘Isn’t this great?’

By: - April 29, 2020

Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds reported a record number of COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday while reasserting her belief that the state is ready for her to begin rolling back mitigation efforts. At her daily press conference, Reynolds reported that 12 additional Iowans had died in the previous 24 hours due to the virus — a one-day […]

Iowans who refuse to return to work may lose unemployment benefits

By: - April 27, 2020

Iowans who refuse to return to work when recalled by their employer after a layoff or furlough triggered by COVID-19 may not be entitled to unemployment benefits, state officials said Monday. The announcement by Iowa Workforce Development follows reports that Iowans working at meatpacking plants and grocery stores stores are refusing to report for work […]

Reynolds to open stores and restaurants in three-fourths of Iowa counties

By: - April 27, 2020

Declaring that limiting the spread of COVID-19 is now a matter of “personal responsibility” aimed at “managing virus activity,” Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds announced Monday she is reopening many businesses in more than three-fourths of the state. The move comes immediately after a weekend in which Iowa set two successive records for the number of […]

Iowa reports a record 648 newly confirmed cases of COVID-19

By: - April 25, 2020

With the state preparing to loosen restrictions on certain types of businesses, public health officials on Saturday reported a record number of newly confirmed cases of COVID-19. The Iowa Department of Public Health reported an additional 648 confirmed cases Saturday, beating the previous high of 521 new cases reported on Friday. Currently, there are 293 […]

Muscatine’s anti-Muslim jail administrator reportedly placed on leave

By: - April 24, 2020

Muscatine County Jail Administrator Dean Naylor was reportedly placed on administrative leave this week, less than a month after his anti-Muslim writings were reported by the Iowa Capital Dispatch. The Quad-City Times reported Friday that Muscatine County Supervisor Santo Saucedo said Sheriff C.J.  Ryan had placed Naylor on administrative leave as of Thursday. No reason […]

Ombudsman calls for vigilance in fighting child abuse

By: - April 24, 2020

Responding to a sharp decline in child-abuse reports, Iowa Ombudsman Kristie Hirschman is calling on the public to remain vigilant in watching for and reporting child abuse. With the mid-March closing of Iowa schools due to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports of child abuse made to the Iowa Department of Human Services have fallen dramatically. They […]

Jail administrator’s anti-Muslim views could cost Muscatine County taxpayers

By: - April 23, 2020

Johnson County officials are threatening to terminate their contract with the Muscatine County Jail due to concerns over the jail administrator calling Muslims “pawns of the devil” who intend to hunt down and kill Christians. The cancellation of the contract could have a significant impact on Muscatine County, which last year collected $657,415 as payment […]

No other vendors considered for Iowa’s $26 million contract for COVID-19 testing

By: - April 22, 2020

Through a no-bid contract, Iowa will be paying $26 million to the private company hired to deliver drive-through testing for COVID-19. Pat Garrett, spokesman for Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, said Wednesday that to his knowledge no other vendors were contacted by the state about performing assessments and testing for COVID-19. The contract with Nomi Health […]

Iowa rolls out drive-through testing for COVID-19

By: - April 21, 2020

The state of Iowa has partnered with several private companies to offer expanded, drive-through testing for COVID-19. The newly launched program will enable Iowa to perform an additional 540,000 tests at a rate of up to 3,000 people per day, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Tuesday at her daily press briefing. The state and its Utah-based […]

Some Iowa care facilities with virus have a history of infection-control issues

By: - April 21, 2020

Some of the Iowa nursing homes with confirmed COVID-19 outbreaks have a history of infection-control violations, rodent infestations or unsanitary conditions. Currently, 48 percent of all COVID-19 deaths in Iowa have been residents of nursing homes, retirement centers and other types of long-term care facilities. The most recent cluster of COVID-19 cases is at the […]

First Iowa prison inmate tests positive for COVID-19

By: - April 18, 2020

Iowa’s first case of a prison inmate testing positive for COVID-19 has been confirmed at the Iowa Medical and Classification Center in Coralville. The Iowa Department of Corrections said Saturday that the inmate is a new admission to IMCC, and arrived at the facility from Henry County on April 16. As part of IMCC’s efforts […]