Iowa Starting Line is a news outlet devoted to bringing readers breaking news, in-depth analysis, and general coverage of Iowa Caucus and Iowa political news. Founded in January of 2015 by Pat Rynard, Starting Line works to provide a unique take on the Iowa political scene that others may not be covering. The Iowa Daily Democrat team was incorporated into our effort in mid-2016. Rynard is a former Democratic campaign staffer.
In June of 2019, we expanded significantly for the Iowa Caucus to include five full-time reporters, as well as a host of support staff. You can read more about it here. Post-caucus, we continue to employ multiple full-time reporters, have expanded our Immigrant Voices reporting, and are always looking for new ways to add reporting capacity.
Pat Rynard, Founder and Managing Editor
Libby Meyer, Federal Reporter
Isabella Murray, Statehouse and Investigative Reporter
Rachelle Chase, Waterloo Reporter
Claudia Thrane, Immigrant Voices Reporter