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Verne Marshall was a fearless investigative journalist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette whose reporting of graft and corruption earned him and the Gazette the 1936 Pulitzer Prize.

Verne Marshall was a fearless investigative journalist for the Cedar Rapids Gazette whose reporting of graft and corruption earned him and the Gazette the 1936 Pulitzer Prize.

 

Volume 10, Issue No. 1, Jan/Feb, 2018

 

In this day and age, in which journalism is under attack and the content and circulation of large daily newspapers is shrinking, Iowa History Journal reminds Iowans of the power of investigative newspaper reporting as author Jerry Harrington chronicles fearless Iowa journalist Verne Marshall for our cover story. The hard-nosed Cedar Rapids Gazette editor exposed graft and corruption in a series of stories that earned him the 1936 Pulitzer Prize. As Harrington surmises, “It is a story that stands as a testament to what journalists should do — and must do — to maintain the trust, success and endurance of American democracy.”

 

Publisher’s Perspective: As IHJ embarks on its 10th year, thank you for helping us write our own history.

 

Discover more about an electrifying Iowan, William Morrison by Eric Bryan.

 

In for life. Learn about the escape and recapture of bank robber Tom Runyon with Mark Fullenkamp.

 

Join Ashley Rullestad in What’s in a name? as she writes about Anamosa: Land of the river and rolling hills.

 

IHJ explores Davenport’s Putnam Museum and Science Center and the Carrie Chapman Catt Girlhood Home in Charles City.

 

Veteran IHJ columnist Arvid Huisman writes about his brief stay in 1968 at Fort Des Moines and the case of potato poisoning.

 

Go behind the scenes at the Barnum & Bailey Circus in Marshalltown in 1913 with Cheryl Mullenbach in Iowa Scrapbook, her debut column for IHJ.

 

Book reviews include “The Good Governor,” which chronicles Ray’s humanity and “The Fighting Sullivans,” which cynically bashes Iowa icons.

 

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