Patrick Kinney

Patrick Kinney

Pat Kinney is a former longtime Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reporter and editor. He still writes freelance and works at the Grout Museum District in Waterloo. His blog, View from the Cedar Valley, is on Substack.


Iowan who served in Vietnam finds relief in finally telling his story

By: - August 13, 2023

GREENE — Tom Johnson left a widowed mother to serve in Vietnam in 1969. When he returned after two years in combat 8,500 miles from home, his reception was a cold shoulder from a staff of eight flight attendants on a half empty plane home. He was the only passenger wearing a uniform. During those […]


New USS Iowa submarine to be christened June 17; watch parties planned statewide

By: - June 8, 2023

WATERLOO – A new U.S Navy vessel named for the state of Iowa will be christened Father’s Day weekend, supported by the granddaughter and grandniece of five Waterloo brothers killed during World War II and a retired submarine officer from Cedar Rapids. The USS Iowa submarine, hull number SSN-797, will be christened 9 a.m. Iowa […]


Waterloo native, St. Ambrose grad makes ‘beautiful noise’ in Los Angeles

By: - January 28, 2023

WATERLOO – Joel D. Elliott II is all about “taking the next step” – from the basketball floor at Waterloo East High School to the red carpet of Hollywood award shows. Also known professionally as “Joel D,” the Waterloo-born graduate of St. Ambrose University in Davenport is now a successful broadcast production and sound engineer […]

Black Hawk sheriff says he’s been urged to run for governor

By: - February 2, 2021

WATERLOO — Black Hawk County Sheriff Tony Thompson received national attention last spring for criticizing Gov. Kim Reynolds and Tyson Fresh Meats for their response to a fatal COVID-19 outbreak at Tyson’s Waterloo plant. Now, he says he’s been approached to run for governor — a job he’s not sure he wants. “I’ve been approached. […]

Grassley not yet ready to call it a career

By: - February 19, 2020

CEDAR FALLS – U.S. Sen. Charles Grassley says he’s not yet ready to decide whether his current term of office will be his last. “You’ll have to ask me a year and a half from now,” the seven-term, 86-year-old senator said Tuesday after an appearance at the Cedar Falls Rotary Club. “Now if you’d asked […]

Waterloo satellite caucusgoers small in number, long on clout

By: - February 3, 2020

WATERLOO, Iowa — A sparsely attended early afternoon Democratic satellite caucus at one of Iowa’s largest union halls Monday demonstrated that every vote counts — especially when there’s not that many votes to count. The satellite caucus, held at United Auto Workers Local 838, was initially anticipated by some there to draw a couple hundred […]