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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River to River
11:00 pm
Sun March 11, 2012

Legislative Monday: State Support for Local Projects

A flood bill making its way through the legislature would provide a sales tax rebate to communities to prevent future flooding. The bill is still alive despite Cedar Rapids residents, who were expected to benefit most from the legislation, voting down a sales tax extension designated for flood mitigation. Then, new owners of the “Field of Dreams” movie site in Dyersville want to build a softball and baseball complex on the property and are seeking state support.  We’ll discuss the project and why there’s some support and opposition to it.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun February 26, 2012

Legislative Monday: Health Exchanges and K2

States are forming health insurance exchanges in advance of a mandate from the federal government.  Host Joyce Russell talks about the bill to set up Iowa’s exchange.  Then, we talk about efforts to put further restrictions on synthetic marijuana, or K2.  That comes after a death, and several hospitalizations involving Iowa teenagers.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun February 12, 2012

Legislative Monday: Traffic Cameras

Iowa lawmakers are considering a bill to ban traffic cameras. Host Joyce Russell leads a discussion of the bill, which would give the eight Iowa cities now using cameras until July to remove them.  Local officials say cameras improve safety.  Critics say they violate privacy.  Guests include State Representative Walt Rogers, a Republican from Cedar Falls, Captain Steve O'Konek of the Cedar Rapids Police Department and Matt Lindholm a Des Moines attorney and Board Member of the Iowa Association for Justice.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun February 5, 2012

Legislative Monday: Ag Compromise and Gun Legislation

Gun Rights advocates are back at the statehouse.  Host Joyce Russell talks with Representative Matt Windschitl and Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner about several bills expanding gun rights. They follow up on the 2010 law clearing the way for more weapons permits.  Also a compromise in the Iowa Senate over documenting practices at large scale livestock facilities.

River to River
11:00 pm
Sun January 29, 2012

Legislative Monday: Gas Tax Increase

In October, the Governor's Transportation 2020 Citizen Advisory Commission recommended an eight to ten cents per gallon gas tax increase to generate funding for Iowa's roads and infrastructure.

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