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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.

Massage therapist barred from practicing due to alleged sexual misconduct

By: - August 4, 2021

An eastern Iowa massage therapist has been barred from practicing for three years due to allegations of improper sexual contact with a patient. In May 2019, the Iowa Board of Massage Therapists launched an investigation into a complaint made by a female patient of Darin Oberhart of Quiet River Massage Therapy in Bettendorf. The patient […]

Des Moines doctor sanctioned for sex with nurse, marijuana use

By: - August 3, 2021

The Iowa Board of Medicine has sanctioned a central Iowa doctor accused of using marijuana and entering into a sexual relationship with a nurse. Dr. Christopher F. Stalvey, a 52-year-old physician who practices anesthesiology and pain medicine in Des Moines, has entered into a settlement agreement with the board. The board had alleged Stalvey engaged […]

As COVID-19 infections rise, public reporting of data decreases

By: - August 3, 2021

With the number of COVID-19 infections now on the rise, Iowa officials are reporting less information on the spread of the virus and federal authorities have yet to make good on their promise of increased public reporting. The Iowa Department of Public Health last updated its webpage on nursing home infections four weeks ago, on […]

IWD: Agency director isn’t the ‘custodian’ of her own text messages

By: - August 2, 2021

Iowa Workforce Development Director Beth Townsend’s isn’t the custodian of her own work-related text messages and cannot be relied upon to retain and make those records public, an agency lawyer says. The agency’s position poses a threat to public access to government information, said Iowa Freedom of Information Council Executive Director Randy Evans. If IWD […]

Iowa sued over agency’s alleged failure to turn over Test Iowa emails

By: - July 30, 2021

The Iowa Department of Public Health, already fighting formal complaints claiming it has repeatedly violated Iowa’s Open Records Law, is now being sued over access to records related to a $26 million no-bid contract. Suzette Rasmussen, a lawyer from Draper, Utah, is suing the Iowa Department of Public Health and its spokesperson, Sarah Ekstrand. The […]

Iowa doctor accused of incompetence faces fifth round of licensing sanctions

By: - July 29, 2021

An eastern Iowa physician who has faced disciplinary charges on four previous occasions and been hit with an $18.1 million malpractice verdict is now facing allegations of incompetence. Dr. Lynette Iles, a 57-year-old physician who practices family medicine in Washington, Iowa, is accused by the Iowa Board of Medicine of professional incompetence, failure to comply […]

State officials silent on agency-head departures and purged text messages

By: - July 29, 2021

State officials are not answering questions about this year’s unexpected departure of the director of homeland security and they refused for weeks to address the departure of the head of the Iowa Veterans Home. On May 7, Gov. Kim Reynolds’ office announced Iowa Veterans Home Commandant Timon Oujiri had been “relieved of his duties,” but […]

Auditor: Iowa Veterans Home leader knew he collected $105k in excess pay

By: - July 29, 2021

The former head of the Iowa Veterans Home collected $105,413 in improper, excess wages since 2019, Iowa Auditor of State Rob Sand said Thursday. A new report from the auditor’s office says former IVH Commandant Timon Oujiri collected $90,027 in questionable gross wages and $15,386 in related payroll costs. The excess pay and benefits were […]

DM district sued by student who says teacher had sex with her at school

By: - July 28, 2021

A former high school student is suing the Des Moines public school district, alleging her Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps instructor repeatedly had sex with her in a school office. The woman was identified in court records only as Jane Doe. She states that in her freshman year of high school, she became active in […]

Iowa law on gender-affirming surgery generates more litigation

By: - July 27, 2021

This story has been updated from the original version to correct Mika Covington’s first name. The state of Iowa is facing yet another round of litigation over efforts to ban Medicaid coverage for gender-affirming surgery. In 2019, the Iowa Supreme Court let stand a lower court ruling that said state regulations denying Medicaid coverage for […]

Judge: Iowa nurse was justified in quitting ‘unsafe’ nursing home

By: - July 26, 2021

An Iowa judge has ruled that a nurse was justified in quitting her job at a Lee County nursing home due to concerns that staffing levels were unlawful and were unsafe for residents. State records indicate Kristin Pullins had worked for the Montrose Health Center since 2018 as a full-time registered nurse. In early 2020, […]

Jobless benefits update: Abuse, harassment and ‘Weenie Bite’ ruminations

By: - July 26, 2021

Hundreds of Iowans left jobless amid allegations of harassment, ethics violations and other forms of misconduct have had their claims for unemployment benefits decided by an administrative law judge in recent weeks. In some cases, the workers were found to have committed misconduct, while other cases involve employers whose actions left the workers with no […]