About Us

Iowa Starting Line covers Iowa news, politics, life, and the Iowa Caucus with a focus on breaking down key issues into how it impacts your day-to-day life. We cover how decisions made by state and national leaders actually play out in your local community. We deliver the news for free to places where everyday Iowans already are at: online.

Founded in January 2015 by Pat Rynard, Iowa Starting Line joined Courier Newsroom in 2021 with the goal of reaching Iowans who consume most of their news on social media, and who don’t subscribe to their local newspaper or watch the evening news. By ensuring more people have access to credible, fact-based information, we are working to do our part to protect and strengthen our democracy. We are intentional about centering the voices of Iowans in our coverage, especially those who are most impacted by the issues being decided in the state legislature and in Washington. 

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Pat Rynard, Founder and Managing Editor
Email: Pat@IowaStartingLine.com
Twitter: @patrynard

Ty Rushing, Senior Editor
Email: Ty@IowaStartingLine.com
Twitter: @Rushthewriter

Nikoel Hytrek, Reporter
Email: Nikoel@IowaStartingLine.com
Twitter: @n_hytrek

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20 Comments on "About Us"

  • Hey Pat,
    Thanks for starting this site. Looking forward to more great content. We’ve shared it with our followers on Facebook @UrbandaleDemocrats
    Kris Winter
    Co-Chair Urbandale Democrats

    • Really glad you like it! Let me know if there’s any issues or topics you think would be good ones to cover. – PR

  • Where is the word “democrat’s” iowastartingline.com. It needs to be added instead of deceiving us into believing is is not biased and one sided. You know, transparent.

  • I’m looking forward to coming to my third volunteer experience with the Iowa caucus: Gore in ’00, Edwards in ’08, and O’Malley this time.I I love the friendliness, the intense engagement and even the cold. Carlyle

  • Pat, Very glad to have discovered IA SL and the excellent profiles of seriously skilled up and coming citizen-servants. As an observer of how local informal relationship building in NC from 2012-2016 shifted the state from red to blue, I urge you to share this item with new NDP chair Perez. Thank You for your efforts! GGM

  • I met Pat Rynard when he worked on my dad’s State Senate campaign. Cool dude! (Both Pat and my dad.)

  • I think before you write about the Coalition for Rural Property Rights and our issues you should talk with us. We are really nice folks!

  • Pat…thanks for excellent reporting. Now: who will be looking at challenging Joni Ernst? And what are the obstacles and chances for success?

  • Response from a Madison County farmer/landowner to the one-sided, uninformed article by Rick Smith against legislation to protect rural citizens from health risks posed by siting Wind Turbines too close to homes: Be a real journalist and do some research on both sides of an issue before you make allegations that are not true. There is an abundance of evidence worldwide of health and other issues reported by people living too near these turbines. How many years did the Tobacco industry deny any link between tobacco and health? If you actually read conclusions of most studies, they say more study is needed with larger sample size. By the way, the article about cattle stampeding that you mocked was written as a letter to the editors of the Winterset Madisonian by a local farmer. Have you talked to him, or even read his story?

  • Read about your website and reporting earlier in the day on front page of NYTimes. Keep up the good work! On a tight budget but donated what I can.

    Donated to J.D. Scholten in 2016; hoping he defeats King this go round. Also hope Ernst is retired by the Iowa voters in 2020 .

  • This website is the only place I have found where
    I can get ACCURATE Covid 19 data. Our governor
    on her website is doing everything in her power
    to cover up the real trends of this disease in Iowa.

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