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Flansburg Fellowship

The Harkin Institute Flansburg Fellowship was established in December 2014 through the generosity of an anonymous donor in honor of long-time Des Moines Register political reporter Jim Flansburg.  

In the 1960s, Flansburg gained prominence for his reporting on Iowa politics for the Des Moines Register, Iowa’s largest newspaper. By 1971, he was the chief political writer for the Register, as well as a columnist for the paper. For the next 40 years, Flansburg was known as one of Iowa’s top sources for political journalism through his work as a reporter, editorial page editor, and columnist.  Described as "brilliant in his knowledge of Iowa politics," Flansburg retired from the Register in 1997.

This fellow position recognizes and honors the individuals who dedicate their careers to informing Americans about pressing national issues, and particularly those who have been instrumental in expanding knowledge of Iowa’s unique first-in-the nation caucus.  The work of the Flansburg Fellow advances the Harkin Institute’s mission to provide nonpartisan high-quality information, enhance active and informed citizen participation in electoral processes, and promote public conversation about government and policy.  These issues transcend the usual partisan political boundaries; they will shape and inform understandings of political community and citizenship for future generations.  

Meet Professor Dennis Goldford, the first Flansburg Fellow, here.

Harkin Institute
October 2, 2017
Columbia, South Carolina Mayor Stephen Benjamin will discuss the evolving role of American mayors in today’s political environment and other top issues facing American cities at The Harkin Institute’s Sussman Lecture on Oct. 30 at Drake University.