Cheryl Mullenbach

The weekly column “Iowa Stories,” by Cheryl Mullenbach, has joined the list of regular offerings.

“Iowa Stories” is a collection of stories about notable people, places and events in Iowa’s history. It is a departure from the current events, investigative reporting at the five-year-old but an interesting research-based read about the state’s past.

Cheryl Mullenbach, "Iowa Stories" author
Cheryl Mullenbach, “Iowa Stories” author

It joins the IowaWatch News Quiz and IowaWatch Connection radio show podcast as weekly features at, the Iowa Center for Public Affairs Journalism’s news website.

A new column will appear each Saturday at, although an initial column about the 1873 Jesse James train robbery near Adair, in western Iowa, was published Wednesday, Feb. 18, to introduce the column to the website’s audience.

Mullenbach, of Panora, is a former history teacher, newspaper editor and public television project manager. She has written four non-fiction books for young people. Double Victory was featured on C-SPAN’s “Book TV” and The Industrial Revolution for Kids was selected for “Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People.”

Mullenbach’s work can be seen at her website. You can see her 2013 C-SPAN appearance at this link.


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