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Mon May 12, 2014

Randy Brubaker and the Iowa Visual History Center

Stacks of the Des Moines Register and Evening Tribune are stored at an old dorm at Grand View University in Des Moines.
Stacks of the Des Moines Register and Evening Tribune are stored at an old dorm at Grand View University in Des Moines.
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Randy Brubaker.
Randy Brubaker.
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Randy Brubaker was a longtime journalist in Iowa. In 1983 he joined the Iowa City Press Citizen and came  to the Des Moines Register in 1988. He held many roles at the Register, most recently he was Senior News Director and oversaw the newspaper's investigative team. He died May 3 of apparent heart failure at 55, just four months after his wife died of a heart attack. In addition to two sons and legions of reporters who he mentored, his legacy includes the Iowa Visual History Center. It's an archive of newspapers and photo negatives that span from the 1940s to 1990s. It's stored in an old dormitory in Grand View University in Des Moines. 

Clay Masters speaks with Des Moines Register columnist Kyle Munson, who recently wrote about these archives, and Kent Henning, a longtime friend of Brubaker and president of Grand View University.