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Eleanor Hildebrandt

Eleanor Hildebrandt

Eleanor Hildebrandt is a third-year student at the University of Iowa where she studies journalism and mass communication and global health studies. She worked as a news reporter covering shared governance and higher education and a digital producer for The Daily Iowan since her freshman year. In the fall, she will return to the paper as a news editor. As a second-year, she hosted and co-produced "On The Record", the DI's news podcast that was named Best Podcast by the Iowa Newspaper Association.

A beacon of hope: Iowa entertainment venues wait for federal funding to hit

By: - July 3, 2021

Two months after applications opened for federal pandemic assistance, Iowa venues continue to wait for federal money to keep their businesses afloat.  The Shuttered Venue Operators Grant, or SVOG, program, will allocate $16 billion to venues across the country as part the federal pandemic aid approved earlier this year.   Robert Warren, executive director of Hoyt […]

Public access to local government continues to adapt during pandemic

By: - June 27, 2021

During the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa cities and other local governments had to find new ways for citizens to participate in public meetings that were largely held electronically. As many Iowa cities prepare to return to in-person public meetings, public access is evolving again. In Des Moines, officials are looking at curtailing in-person public participation in […]

Iowa community college leaders oppose student debt forgiveness, free college

By: - June 23, 2021

Student debt forgiveness raises concerns about fairness to students who chose lower-cost educations, two Iowa community college leaders said during a recent interview on Iowa PBS. Forgiving student debt does not solve the underlying issues in higher education, said Kristie Fisher, the chancellor of the Iowa Valley Community College District. “What I’d hate to see […]

Iowa district court blocks 24-hour wait period, additional appointment for abortions

By: - June 22, 2021

A Johnson County district judge has found unconstitutional a state law enacted in 2020 that requires a mandatory 24-hour waiting period and a second clinic appointment for women seeking abortions. Rita Bettis Austen, legal director of ACLU of Iowa, said Tuesday she was immensely relieved by the decision. “The Iowa Supreme Court has recognized that […]

Iowa Supreme Court upholds part of Waterloo’s ‘ban the box’ ordinance

By: - June 21, 2021

A portion of Waterloo’s “ban the box” ordinance will remain in place after an Iowa Supreme Court decision. The court affirmed the ordinance’s regulation that businesses with more than 15 employees cannot ask about job applicants’ criminal histories until they extend a conditional job offer. The court nullified the section of the ordinance that prohibits […]

Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board to evaluate Reynolds’ media campaign

By: - June 21, 2021

The Iowa Ethics and Campaign Disclosure Board will review Gov. Kim Reynolds’ coronavirus media campaign in light of allegations from Iowa State Auditor Rob Sand that it violated state law, the auditor’s office reported Monday.  Sand released a report in late May alleging Reynolds sought to “promote herself” through the taxpayer-funded, COVID-19 public awareness “Step […]

Iowa Supreme Court: Police can’t search trash without warrants

By: - June 18, 2021

Editor’s note: This story has been corrected and updated. The previous version incorrectly characterized the court’s ruling. The Iowa Supreme Court on Friday said police can’t search a suspect’s trash without a warrant. In a 4-3 decision, the court ruled a police search of garbage left outside of homes for collection is an “unreasonable and […]

Jury awards $8 million in defamation case

By: - June 18, 2021

A jury has awarded damages totaling $8 million to a Polk County man and his daughter in a defamation case against a Des Moines lawyer who repeatedly claimed the man had molested his daughter. A jury returned a verdict June 8 that awarded a total of $8 million to Thomas and Aynsley Starbuck against Jaysen […]

New health concerns emerge post-pandemic

By: - June 17, 2021

As the spread of COVID-19 slows in Iowa, health professionals are voicing concerns about post-pandemic health issues.  The main concerns in the state are still related to the pandemic, both physically — with post-COVID syndrome and inflammation issues — and mentally. With hospitals, medical centers, and health clinics returning to full volumes, they are still […]

Polk County approves vaccine lottery

By: - June 15, 2021

Polk County is starting a COVID-19 vaccine incentive program in the form of a lottery this summer. Fully vaccinated residents can enter to win up to $50,000 starting June 25.  The county is beginning the vaccine lottery with its first drawing on June 25, the Polk County Board of Supervisors and the county’s health department […]

Wedding celebrations return with ferocity, minor changes

By: - June 11, 2021

Wedding celebrations are returning quickly as bridal parties’ postponement dates arrive and warmer weather returns to Iowa.  Local businesses are seeing a rush of post-pandemic bookings from summer dates to years in the future, and couples are contacting venues earlier on in the planning process to ensure they have dates, said Jasper Winery Wedding Coordinator […]

Education legislation changes outlook of school districts

By: - June 7, 2021

As summer begins for Iowa’s various school districts, administrators are taking a collective breath after a difficult school year filled with many legislative and safety changes.  In the 2021 Iowa Legislative session, there were nearly 300 House and Senate bills introduced that focused on education, according to the Iowa Department of Education. In 2020, there […]