Katie Akin

Katie Akin

Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.

Reynolds: State trooper mission to Texas was funded by Iowa

By: - July 12, 2021

Nearly 30 Iowa State Patrol officers are currently assisting at the U.S.-Mexico border in a trip financed by Iowa, Gov. Kim Reynolds said Monday. The state announced in June that it would send some Iowa state troopers to the border for two weeks, responding to a request for assistance from Texas and Arizona. The State […]

Mental health groups say they were unaware of new $20 million program

By: - July 12, 2021

Key stakeholder groups were left in the dark during formation of a new federally funded, school-based program for children's mental health.

D.C. Dispatch: Grassley opposes marijuana, Hinson works on disaster recovery bills

By: and - July 9, 2021

After the holiday weekend, Iowa’s representatives in D.C. focused on a range of different things, from flood preparedness to drug policy to flags. Here’s the latest: Axne plugs child care tax credits in Des Moines U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne, Iowa’s only Democrat in the congressional delegation, was in Des Moines Thursday to promote the expanded […]

Axne: Court rulings against biofuels are ‘based on old science’

By: - July 8, 2021

In recent weeks, U.S. courts have dealt two major blows to the biofuels industry, ruling in favor of oil refineries and against year-round sale of E-15 ethanol fuel. U.S. Rep. Cindy Axne said Thursday the rulings were “based on old science” in the law — outdated language that she intends to change. “These laws were […]

Trump social media lawsuit aligns with Iowa GOP’s stalled censorship bills

By: - July 7, 2021

Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Wednesday against Facebook, Twitter and Youtube, alleging censorship against conservative viewpoints. Facebook, Twitter, Youtube and other sites permanently banned Trump in January after many of his followers stormed the U.S. Capitol. The companies said Trump’s statements would incite additional violence. Trump launched and then deleted his own blog […]

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Delta variant in Iowa: State urges vaccinations as new strain spreads

By: - July 7, 2021

Less than two months after the first case was identified in the state, the delta variant has become the most common strain of COVID-19 in Iowa. The Iowa Department of Public Health found that the delta variant, which was first identified in India, represented 53% of the variants in Iowa during the final week of […]

Iowa redistricting: Data expected Aug. 16, DeJear leaves temporary commission

By: - July 6, 2021

Iowa’s long-delayed redistricting process has almost reached its starting point. The U.S. Census will send out data from its 2020 survey on Aug. 16. Ed Cook, senior legal advisor for Iowa’s nonpartisan Legislative Services Agency, said Tuesday that while the data will be “in a less user-friendly format” than the formal data that’s scheduled for […]

Iowa economists: Workforce participation rate still low as U.S. adds 850,000 jobs

By: - July 2, 2021

The U.S. economy added 850,000 jobs in June, the Department of Labor announced Friday, representing a more significant growth than many economists had anticipated. But two Iowa economists noted that the workforce participation rate nationally and in the state had stalled. Drake University Economics Professor Bill Boal on Friday pointed toward the national unemployment rate […]

‘How in the heck are we this busy this early?’: Okoboji sees large crowds ahead of holiday surge

By: - July 2, 2021

American travel is expected to surge back to almost-normal levels for the Fourth of July holiday, but businesses in Iowa’s popular Iowa Great Lakes area say crowds have already returned in force. “Every business up here was doing Fourth of July numbers on Memorial Day weekend,” said Matt Richter, part of the family-owned The Three […]

D.C. Dispatch: Biden signs rural mental health bill, Republicans vote against Jan. 6 commission

By: - July 2, 2021

Ahead of the July 4th holiday, members of Iowa’s congressional delegation led the passage of a veteran’s mental health bill, visited Iowa in a glimpse of what the 2024 caucus cycle might look like and voted on whether to create a commission to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack. Here’s what you missed in D.C. […]

New laws include permitless carry, diversity training restrictions

By: - July 1, 2021

New laws on guns, education, alcohol delivery and more are in effect as of Thursday. The beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, marks the end of a banner year for legislative Republicans: When the session ended in May, Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver said that Republicans had achieved “most, if not all” of their […]

Iowa Supreme Court rules the state can block Planned Parenthood sex education programs

By: - June 30, 2021

Iowa lawmakers can prohibit Planned Parenthood from teaching federally funded sex education to students, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. In the final hours of the 2019 legislative session, lawmakers passed a law that would make Planned Parenthood’s sex education services ineligible for two federal grants: the Community Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Program, administered by the […]