The small newspaper that won a big Pulitzer

Hosted by the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism’s IowaWatch Connection radio program
Michael Gartner in his office at Principal Park in Des Moines, Iowa. Photo provided by Lyle Muller, executive director-editor of IowaWatch.

Michael Gartner was a well-established journalist when he became co-owner of the Ames Tribune in the 1980s. He helped put the paper on the national scene in 1997 when editorials he wrote about community issues won the Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. The IowaWatch Connection sat down with Gartner, who also was a longtime member of the Pulitzer Prize Board, to talk about Pulitzer Prize-winning journalism nationally and in Iowa.

The program airs on 19 radio stations over the weekends of July 29-31, and is available for download as a podcast after it airs.

The program will be broadcast at various times on the following radio stations:

KVFD-AM 1400, Fort Dodge; Fridays, 10:10 a.m.
KROS-AM 1340 and KROS-FM, Clinton; Fridays 5:30 p.m.; Saturdays 5:30 a.m.
KALA-FM 88.5, Davenport (public); Fridays, 10:30 p.m.
WMT-AM 600, Cedar Rapids; Saturdays, 5:00 a.m.; Sundays 4:00 a.m.
KSIB-FM 101.3, Creston; Saturdays, 6:00 a.m.   
KOIL-AM 1290, Omaha (NE); Saturdays, 5:30 a.m.
KXEL-AM 1540, Waterloo/Cedar Falls; Saturdays, 7:00 a.m.; Sundays, 1:00 p.m.
KRTI-FM 106.7, Newton/Grinnell; Sundays, 5:30 a.m.
KCYZ-FM 105.1, Ames; Sundays, 6:00 a.m.
KSCJ-AM 1360 and KSCJ-FM, Sioux City; Sundays, 6:30 a.m.
WHO-AM 1040, Des Moines; Sundays, 6:30 a.m.
KGLO-AM 1300, Mason City; Sundays, 7:06 a.m.
KASI-AM 1430, Ames; Sundays, 8:30 am.
KXIC-AM 800, Iowa City; Sundays, 8:30 a.m.
KFJB-AM 1230, Marshalltown; Sundays, 10:00 a.m.
KMA-AM 960, Shenandoah; Sundays, 6:35 p.m.
KMA-FM 99.1, Clarinda; Sundays, 6:35 p.m.