41. Dana James

The Iowa Idea: Dana James

“Your voice is valuable.”

In this episode of The Iowa Idea Podcast, I sit down with Dana James. Dana is the founder of Black Iowa News, a website and newsletter, to chronicle the lives of Black Iowans in the era of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement.

She is a lifelong Iowan and award-winning writer. Dana wants you to know three things: We are still in a pandemic, Breonna Taylor still needs justice, and Black Lives Matter.

She worked for seven years as a reporter at the Des Moines Register where she covered education and minority affairs. Her work has appeared in several publications.

We discuss Dana’s interest in news and her path to journalism, as well as the reasons why she created Black Iowa News.

It was an honor to have Dana on the podcast. I thank her for sharing her time, her voice, and her insights. I hope you enjoy the episode.

About Dana

Dana James is a lifelong Iowan who founded Black Iowa News, a website and newsletter, to chronicle the lives of Black Iowans in the era of COVID-19 and the Black Lives Matter movement. The award-winning writer wants you to know three things: We are still in a pandemic, Breonna Taylor still needs justice and Black Lives Matter. Full stop.

She worked for seven years as a reporter at the Des Moines Register where she covered education and minority affairs. Her work has appeared in several publications. In between writing positions, she obtained an Iowa insurance license and worked in benefits and underwriting.

Outside of work, the newlywed enjoys spending time with her husband and visiting the beautiful John Pappajohn Sculpture Park in downtown Des Moines.

She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from Grand View University.

You can find Black Iowa News at https://blackiowanews.substack.com.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackIowaNews

Twitter: https://twitter.com/blackiowanews.

Email blackiowanews@icloud.com

Credits

Episode produced by Spark Consulting Group (www.inspiredbyspark.com) in Iowa City, with support from Executive Podcast Solutions (https://www.executivepodcastsolutions.com/)

The Iowa Idea Podcast music written and performed by Paisley Bible (https://paisleybible.bandcamp.com/).

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