Cornell College instructor returns to Iowa after recovering from stabbing in China

On this Newsbuzz edition of River to riverZachary Oren Smith joins the program to explain his recent reporting on a stabbing in China that injured four Cornell College instructors. Smith spoke with David Zabner, one of four victims who visited the area.

Then, Iowa’s book ban legislation is put on hold due to a federal order. Host Ben Kieffer is joined by Samantha Hernandez and Tim Webber, who worked on the film The Des Moines Register Iowa’s Book Ban Fight Project. Later in the hour, Trish Mehaffey, reporter at The Gazette shares updates on a quadruple homicide that occurred near Marion last week. Next, National Weather Service meteorologist Alexis Jimenez brings the heat to prepare us for the hottest weeks of the year. Finally, Mark Simmett from IPR guides us into the weekend.


  • Zachary Oren Smith, Eastern Iowa Reporter, IPR
  • Samantha Hernández, education reporter, The Des Moines Register
  • Tim Webber specialist in data visualization, The Des Moines Register
  • Trish Mehaffey, news reporter, The Gazette
  • Alexis Jimenez, meteorologist, NWS Des Moines
  • Mark Simmett, senior producer, Studio One presenter, IPR