Joyce Russell

Correspondent

Joyce Russell is a correspondent based at the Iowa Statehouse. Joyce has been covering the Iowa Statehouse since shortly after joining the news staff at WOI Radio in 1988. Her earlier broadcasting experience included news reporting at commercial stations in Oklahoma City and Fort Wayne, Indiana. Joyce’s reports can be heard on National Public Radio and American Public Media programs including All Things Considered, Morning Edition, and Marketplace.  She covered the last six Iowa caucus campaigns and interviewed numerous candidates for president, including some who went on to attain the highest office in the land.   

Joyce  has a bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Louis University and  a master’s degree in English from the University of Oklahoma.   

Joyce’s favorite public radio program is Fresh Air.

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Crime, Justice and Public Safety
5:54 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Des Moines Groups Target Racial Profiling

Credit IPR's Joyce Russell

Activist groups launched  a project they hope will illustrate how common  racial profiling is in and around Des Moines.     The ACLU, the NAACP, and a coalition of churches known as AMOS are inviting people of color to come forward with their stories to document allegations that  law enforcement targets  individuals solely because of their race.   

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Statehouse and Politics
11:20 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Sweeping Changes Considered for Juvenile Home

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A task force appointed by the governor will soon be recommending major changes at the Iowa Juvenile Home in Toledo.   An inspection last year revealed that teen-aged girls were being held in isolation for months at a time.  An  interim administrator told the task force about improvements at the home.     But the  advocacy group which unveiled the abuse still has concerns about restraining young girls.  

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Statehouse and Politics
5:42 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Questions Remain at Juvenile Home

State lawmakers grilled administrators about illegal practices at the Iowa Juvenile  Home in Toledo.    Officials say they have turned things around  since investigators last year found girls confined to isolation cells for months at a time.  But the advocacy group which unveiled the abuse says there’s more work to be done.   

  

 

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Statehouse and Politics
9:25 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

Biden Featured at Harkin Steak Fry

Vice-president Joe Biden and San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro were the featured speakers in Indianola for Democratic U.S. Senator Tom Harkin’s annual steak fry.    

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Section 8 Blamed in Dubuque
5:01 am
Mon August 12, 2013

HUD Claims Housing Discrimination in Dubuque

The federal Department of Housing and Urban Development has come down hard on the city of Dubuque.   HUD says the city discriminated against African-Americans in its Section 8 Voucher program for low-income families.     The report is forcing a re-examination of race relations.    

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Solar Power Court Fight
1:09 pm
Tue August 6, 2013

Power Companies Spar Over Solar

Credit: City of Dubuque

Advocates  for solar power are watching an Iowa court case that pits a small Dubuque company  against the state’s giant electric utilities.    Both sides say the case could  eliminate  some of the barriers to solar power in the state.  

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Politics
5:01 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Durbin, Harkin Take On Immigration Critic In His Own District

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) listens as Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) speaks at a forum on immigration in Ames, Iowa, on Friday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Originally published on Sat August 3, 2013 12:46 pm

Two top Senate Democrats took the fight for an immigration bill to the home district of one of the issue's toughest critics, Republican Rep. Steve King, on Friday.

Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) and Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) went to Ames, Iowa, to make hay out of King's remarks about the "Dreamers," those young people brought here as children by their undocumented parents.

"There have been some characterizations of these young students that aren't fair at all," Durbin said at a rally on Friday.

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Clovis at Breakfast Club
4:16 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Conservatives Hear Senate Hopeful

Sioux City conservative talk show host  and Morningside College professor Sam Clovis  was the featured speaker  at the  Des Moines Conservative Breakfast Club.    One by one the club is hearing from each of the  candidates in the crowded  race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate to replace retiring Democrat Tom Harkin.    Clovis predicts the candidates are going to sound a lot like each other, and one long-time Republican activist agrees.   

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Hearty Rootworms Revive
8:57 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Farmers Return to Insecticides

Credit Aaron Gassmann

After foregoing insecticides for a decade, Iowa corn farmers are returning to chemicals to control their  number one  pest, the corn rootworm.   That’s because the insect has developed resistance to Bt corn.    Experts say that’s  bad for farmers' profits  and the environment.

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David Young for Senate
3:12 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Republicans Vie for U.S. Senate Seat

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  Republican candidate for U.S. Senate David Young introduced himself to Polk County Republicans at a breakfast in Des Moines.   Young is  the former chief of staff for Senator Chuck Grassley.    Political observers say that alone won’t catapult  him to victory in the Republican primary.    

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Statehouse and Politics
7:59 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Legislative Wrap-up 2013

Shortly after 11am the Iowa House of Representative adjourns on May 23rd, ending the 2013 legislative session.
Photo by John Pemble

IPR's Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon to wrap up the 2013 session. Lawmakers adjourned in their third week of overtime on Thursday, May 23.

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Statehouse and Politics
7:55 am
Mon May 20, 2013

Legislative Preview: 05/20/13

Photo by John Pemble

Iowa lawmakers are returning to Des Moines for a third week of overtime. The session was scheduled to wrap up May 3, but legislators continue to negotiate education reform, property taxes, Medicaid expansion, and other key issues.

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Statehouse and Politics
6:58 am
Mon May 13, 2013

Legislative Preview: 05/13/13

Iowa's Capitol
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Statehouse and Politics
6:46 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Republicans Consider Alternative to Governor's Health Care Plan

The light of the sun beams through the windows of Iowa’s Capitol dome.
Photo by John Pemble

Republicans in the Iowa House say they hope to  offer an alternative to Republican Governor Terry Branstad’s plan  for insuring  thousands of low-income Iowans.    It’s part of the negotiating  on health care, which is  delaying adjournment of this year’s legislative session.

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Statehouse and Politics
9:13 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Petroleum Interests Divided Over Ethanol

A fight is underway at the statehouse between petroleum marketers and petroleum refiners, and ethanol is in the middle of it.   An upcoming change  will result in a lot more blending  of biofuels for sale at the pump.      The fight is over who gets to do the blending, and there’s money at stake.   

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Statehouse and Politics
8:30 am
Mon May 6, 2013

Legislative Preview: 05/06/13

Iowa's Capitol
Photo by John Pemble

As Iowa lawmakers go into overtime, IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell discuss what's left to hash out at the statehouse.

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Statehouse and Politics
9:59 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Legislative Preview: 04/29/13

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IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon for an update on legislative news.

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Statehouse and Politics
7:07 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Legislative Preview: 04/15/13

Iowa Statehouse
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IPR "Morning Edition" Host Sarah McCammon and Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell look ahead to the upcoming week in the Iowa Capitol.

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River to River
4:33 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Commercial Property Tax Reform

The Iowa Capitol 4/1/13
Credit John Pemble / Iowa Public Radio

It's spring, at the Iowa Statehouse and lawmakers are turning attention to one of the big priorities of the session - reforming commercial property taxes.  Host Joyce Russell runs down the details of the competing plans, and talks with businesspeople, city leaders and taxpayers' rights representatives about how the differing bills would impact them, their businesses and their constituents.

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Statehouse and Politics
6:11 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Legislative Preview: 04/01/13

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IPR's Joyce Russell joins Sarah McCammon for an update on news from the Iowa General Assembly. 

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Statehouse and Politics
6:11 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Jobs Bill Advances at Statehouse

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It looks like smooth sailing for a bill at the statehouse to let Iowa’s  job creation experts hand out more tax credits to potential employers.    Officials say the current cap on credits isn’t enough to meet the demand, as more companies are looking to expand.    But not everyone agrees with  a plan to make sure the employers  come through with the jobs they promise.  

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Statehouse and Politics
7:17 am
Mon March 25, 2013

Legislative Preview: 03/25/13

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IPR Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon checks in with Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell on legislative news.

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Statehouse and Politics
6:08 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Legislative Preview: 03/18/13

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IPR's Joyce Russell and Sarah McCammon check in on news from the Iowa Statehouse.

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Statehouse and Politics
6:51 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Lawmakers Dispute Tax Return Question

As Iowans are  filing their state income tax returns, there’s a controversy at the statehouse over one of the questions on the tax form.       The question  aims to locate working Iowans who may be eligible for subsidized health insurance for their children.   Some  Republicans in the Iowa House say that  goes beyond what the government needs to know when you file your taxes.

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Politics
7:04 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Legislative Preview: 03/11/13

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Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins IPR "Morning Edition" Host Sarah McCammon for a preview of this week's Iowa legislative news.

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Statehouse
9:04 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Bill Advances for Dreamer Tuition

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  A Democrat-dominated panel in the Iowa Senate has  signed off on a bill to give certain young immigrants a break if they want to attend an Iowa  community college or Regents University.    The bill would mandate  in-state tuition for so-called dreamers, young people who were brought to the United States as children by undocumented parents, and who have attended Iowa primary and secondary schools.   In the meantime,  the Regents  universities say at least some dreamers are already claiming  status as Iowa residents.

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Politics
6:59 am
Mon March 4, 2013

Legislative Preview: 03/04/13

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IPR's Sarah McCammon and Joyce Russell discuss the latest news from the Iowa Statehouse.

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Statehouse
9:21 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Environmentalists Seek More Inspectors

It was  Environmental Lobby Day at the statehouse.   The Iowa Environmental Council is  pushing for more  inspectors to make sure Iowa’s large animal confinement facilities are following clean water rules.    At the same time the  Iowa Department of Natural Resources is locked in a battle with the federal environmental protection agency over how much inspection is enough.

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Politics
6:58 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Property Tax and the Democrats

Credit John Pemble / Iowa Public Radio

Democrats in the Iowa Senate and Governor Branstad’s office are exchanging barbs  as the two sides promote competing plans to reduce commercial and industrial property taxes.  Both sides agree the taxes are disproportionately  high, but the rhetoric Monday made compromise look elusive. 

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Politics
7:23 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Legislative Preview: 02/25/13

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IPR Statehouse Correspondent Joyce Russell joins Morning Edition Host Sarah McCammon for a weekly preview of Iowa legislative politics.

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