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I’ve covered lots of beats over my decades as a reporter, and one reason I really enjoy higher education is because it touches on them all. One day I’m writing about science and interviewing University of Iowa NASA researchers, the next I’m writing about health care, or agriculture, or a new Iowa State-supported business, or athletic budgets, or criminal justice, or the Legislature and potential bills affecting Iowa’s university and college campuses. I also love that I get to investigate and dig deep on some stories, report hard news, and then also share incredible and sometimes harrowing tales of survival or discovery. When I’m not working, I’m playing with my kids or following them around to wrestling tournaments. Get the news delivered right to your inbox.
Latest Articles by Vanessa Miller
Higher Ed Dec. 23, 2021 5:33 pm
Continuing his rapid climb among the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety ranks, administrators following a national search have chosen co-interim director Mark Bullock to retain on a permanent basis the title of assistant vice president and director of public safety.
Crime and Courts Dec. 21, 2021 3:48 pm
Cedar Rapids police continue to refuse to share details about an officer-involved shooting Friday that started with an attempted traffic stop and ended with a suspect hitting an officer with a vehicle, prompting the agent to fire.
Crime and Courts Dec. 22, 2021 10:43 am
Investigators have shared few details about the 9:46 a.m. report of “multiple shots fired” at 402 Fairchild St. – which sits two blocks west of North Market Park in the historic North Side neighborhood and three blocks west of Mann Elementary.
Higher Ed Dec. 22, 2021 10:31 am
A trio of University of Iowa fraternities — including one the campus suspended last summer — are in trouble again, first for continuing to host impermissible and illegal tailgates on a pair of Melrose Court properties they spent $30,000 to lease, and then for misleading and evading UI investigators.
Higher Ed Dec. 20, 2021 6:00 am
Dr. George Weiner, who’s led the 41-year-old University of Iowa Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center for over half its existence, recently announced plans to step down after 24 years.
Higher Ed Dec. 17, 2021 7:40 am
With COVID racing toward pandemic status in the spring of 2020, University of Iowa International Programs made the unprecedented decision to bring home its hundreds of study abroad students scattered around the globe — from Australia to Tanzania, Estonia to Iceland.
Crime and Courts Dec. 15, 2021 4:15 am
All legal proceedings in the case against a Cedar Rapids teenager accused of stabbing his parents to death in their home in October have been suspending so state psychiatric doctors can determine whether he’s suffering from a mental disorder.
Higher Ed Dec. 14, 2021 10:45 am
The University of Iowa chapter of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity has responded to a lawsuit accusing it of aiding and abetting two brothers accused of sexually assaulting a student last year, renouncing any responsibility and blaming the accuser of unethical behavior.
Higher Ed Dec. 13, 2021 6:00 am
With the 2020-21 flu vaccination rate among children 6 months to 17 years at 59 percent – a 5 percentage point drop from the year prior – Neiman said more can be done for many kids.
Health Care and Medicine Dec. 11, 2021 9:44 am
With a growing array of direct-to-consumer genetics companies enticing holiday shoppers to surprise loved ones with “the gift that brings families together,” University of Iowa experts are warning DNA tests sometimes can do the opposite — and buyers should beware of unintended consequences.
Crime and Courts Dec. 9, 2021 1:59 pm
Fifteen months after a University of Iowa student reported she was sexually assaulted by two fraternity brothers, who then shared video and pictures of the attack, Iowa City police have arrested one of the accused men, Carson Douglas Steffen, on a harassment charge.
Higher Ed Dec. 9, 2021 7:54 am
As part of derecho-related repairs to the campus’ iconic King Memorial Chapel, scheduled for later this academic year, crews this week are removing all 3,771 pipes from the chapel’s M.P. Moller organ.
Higher Ed Dec. 13, 2021 8:54 am
After an abrupt end to last football season — when the Hawkeye’s planned Music City Bowl appearance was canceled due to COVID-19 — the University of Iowa is bowling again this year, with thousands of black-and-gold faithful amped to join in resuming the postseason tradition.
Higher Ed Dec. 7, 2021 8:09 am
Four years after the University of Iowa began vehemently denying allegations it discriminated against a student organization the campus deregistered for barring an openly-gay member from becoming a leader, the state will pay the law firm representing the student group nearly $2 million.