Joyce Russell

Correspondent

Joyce Russell is a correspondent based at the Iowa Statehouse.  She also hosts River to River on Mondays from the State Capitol during the legislative session. 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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News
11:00 pm
Tue October 19, 2010

3rd District Race

Republicans are hoping an anti-incumbent mood will finally help them win the 3rd District congressional race this year against seven-term Democratic incumbent Leonard Boswell. The one-time southern Iowa farmer who now lives in Des Moines faces a challenge from Republican state senator Brad Zaun of Urbandale. Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell caught up with both campaigns in the Des Moines suburbs.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 23, 2010

Abandoned Mines

Underground coal mines once played a significant role in the state's economy. It's less well-known that miners also blasted or dug their way through Iowa hillsides to reach seams of coal buried below. Those strip mines, now abandoned, still mar the landscape in south central Iowa. A federal program is underway to put the ripped up acres back together.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu September 9, 2010

Grassley vs. Conlin

Iowa Republican Senator Chuck Grassley and his Democratic challenger Roxanne Conlin had their first joint appearance of the campaign, sparring on a range of issues on Iowa Public Television’s Iowa Press. Conlin questions what the incumbent can do in another 6 years in the Senate that he hasn’t already done in 30.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu August 12, 2010

School Tax Credit

A popular tax credit that benefits Iowa's private schools will soon be under scrutiny at the statehouse. A legislative committee is reviewing all tax credits which cost the state treasury as much as 500 million dollars a year. Iowa Public Radio along with Iowa Watch, an Iowa City based non-profit news service, examined what's called the school tuition organization tax credit. The tax break has critics on financial and legal grounds.

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News
11:00 pm
Thu July 29, 2010

Obama Official on RAGBRAI

A frontline worker in the Obama administration is riding RAGBRAI this week. Dubuque native and UNI graduate Shellie Pfohl heads the President's Council on Physical Fitness and Sports. She's promoting a new fitness initiative with the Iowa Department of Public Health. Pfohl says on Friday it was hard to stay dry.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Thu May 20, 2010

Abortion Protest

Planned Parenthood of Eastern Iowa observed its 30th anniversary in Cedar Rapids. Protesters from several states showed up. Anti-abortion activists are unhappy about a new program expanding abortion services to small rural communities.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Tue April 27, 2010

Obama in Ottumwa

President Obama received an enthusiastic welcome when he brought his White House to Main Street tour to Ottumwa. More than two thousand people turned out to cheer the president’s record so far on the economy, even though unemployment persists in southeast Iowa.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Mon April 26, 2010

Crowded Debate

An unusually crowded field of candidates is vying for the Republican nomination in Iowa's third congressional district. Seven men are competing to take on incumbent Leonard Boswell in the general election. That's causing headaches when it comes to holding candidate forums.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 28, 2010

Concealed Weapons Permits

Work continues at the statehouse on the final pieces of a more than five billion dollar state budget. Lawmakers now have an eye on adjournment sometime this week. Over the weekend, the Senate found time for a long debate about concealed weapons permits.

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News
11:00 pm
Mon March 22, 2010

Pages Read

Come to the statehouse, and you’ll see dozens of uniformed teenagers serving as legislative pages. They leave their classrooms for weeks at a time to help out at the capitol. But there’s some down time involved ….and that’s time to read, either for classwork back home or for pleasure. Iowa Public Radio’s Joyce Russell took this unscientific survey of what the pages are reading this year.

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Statehouse and Politics
11:00 pm
Sun March 14, 2010

Legislative Week 10

Morning Edition host Sarah McCammon interviews Statehouse Reporter Joyce Russell about what's coming up this week at the Legislature.

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News
11:00 pm
Tue March 9, 2010

Gun Debate

After a partisan and sometimes angry debate, the Iowa House passed a bill to restrict the gun rights of domestic abusers. The bill has the support of Iowa police and prosecutors.

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