January 3, 2023
Legislative preview forum canceled; ICPA expresses concern with statehouse leaders' declining availability
December 20, 2022
Iowa Capitol Press Association amends bylaws, including membership guidelines
January 7, 2022
Iowa Capitol Press Association statement regarding media seating in the Iowa Senate
November 22, 2021*
Iowa Capitol Press Association officers re-elected
Iowa Capitol Press Association members recently held officer elections, and President Erin Murphy, Vice President Kathie Obradovich, and Secretary Katarina Sostaric were all unanimously re-elected. The officers will serve two-year terms.
"I am pleased with and proud of the work this new organization performed during its first official year, and I look forward to continuing that important work with my fellow officers and all members in the years ahead," Murphy said.
* Statement was posted on this website later, on December 15, 2021
July 30, 2021*
Iowa Capitol Press Association statement regarding AP story
The following is a statement from the Iowa Capitol Press Association officers:
It is discouraging to see the state argue that Iowa’s Open Records Law is not a “clearly defined and well-recognized public policy.” It sends the wrong message to public officials, who in fact do have a clearly defined obligation under Chapter 22 to maintain public records and make them available for public examination.
One of the primary reasons members of the Statehouse press corps formed the Iowa Capitol Press Association last year was our concern about protecting and improving access to state government for the media and the public. We object to the exclusion of one of our members, Laura Belin, from Gov. Kim Reynolds’ recent news conference and will pursue this concern with the governor’s office.
* Statement was posted on this website later, on August 20, 2021
March 10, 2021
Iowa Capitol Press Association statement regarding Andrea Sahouri verdict
The following is a statement from Iowa Capitol Press Association President Erin Murphy:
"The Iowa Capitol Press Association is relieved that a jury of her peers has acquitted Des Moines Register reporter Andrea Sahouri, who was arrested last summer while simply doing her job, covering social justice protests in Des Moines. It remains concerning that Sahouri was arrested, charged and tried for performing the basic duties of a free press. Today's verdict is a victory for Sahouri, the Register, journalists everywhere, and the First Amendment."
Nov. 30, 2020
Statehouse journalists form organization to promote transparency, public access
Members of the Iowa Statehouse press corps are announcing the formation of the Iowa Capitol Press Association.
The purpose of the association is to support robust coverage of Iowa state government for the benefit of the public and to promote policies that encourage transparency and access. The association will also advocate for conditions in which press corps members can conduct their work safely and effectively.
The Iowa Capitol Press Association shares many of the same values with similar legislative media associations in more than a dozen states.
Association members have elected the following officers: president Erin Murphy, Lee Enterprises; vice president Kathie Obradovich, Iowa Capital Dispatch; and secretary Katarina Sostaric, Iowa Public Radio.
“I am beyond humbled and honored that my colleagues, for whom I have deep respect, have put their faith in me to lead this fledgling organization, whose mission and goals I believe in deeply,” Murphy said. “Our members have enjoyed a respectful working relationship with our leaders in state government. We look forward to working with them to foster a climate of transparency and accountability, for the benefit of the people of Iowa.”
The Iowa Capitol Press Association’s members include journalists employed by the Associated Press, the Des Moines Register, the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, the Gazette, the Iowa Capital Dispatch, Iowa Public Radio, KCCI-TV, Lee Enterprises, Radio Iowa, Sinclair Broadcast Group, WHO-TV and WOI-TV.
Membership in the association is open to any journalist who is credentialed to cover the Iowa Legislature.