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Over the past year, Katie Kuntz, a reporter working with the nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization IowaWatch, has been developing a documentary focusing on the lives of two Iowa mothers who struggled with meth addiction while trying to raise their children. Their mistakes continued the cycle of destructive drug abuse and tore apart their families.

Studies show children face a higher risk of drug addiction when raised by drug-addicted parents. But during her research, Katie found that drug intervention programs in schools are being curtailed.

IowaWatch has launched a Kickstarter fundraising campaign to raise the money necessary to produce a high-quality documentary. If we hit our mark of $2,200, we will be able to cover some of our equipment and travel costs. We hope you will consider making a tax-deductible donation. Your donation can help us raise awareness of the continuing issue of Meth in Iowa.

The project is at Thank-you gifts, which include a DVD copy of the finished project and an IowaWatch T-shirt, exist for various levels of giving. Pledges will not be collected unless we reach our $2,200 goal.

Plans call for completing the documentary for a showing in spring or mid 2014. Kuntz, on schedule to graduate from the University of Iowa in May with degrees in journalism and mass communication and economics, is working under the direction of veteran news broadcaster Charles Munro. Munro is a lecturer on the UI faculty and an IowaWatch volunteer.

You can view a Katie Kuntz report from this project at

IowaWatch is part of the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that does investigative and public affairs journalism; makes that journalism available free on its website,, and through media partners; and trains college students to do this journalism at an ethical, high level.

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