Katarina Sostaric is an Iowa City based reporter covering Eastern Iowa for Iowa Public Radio.
Before coming to Iowa, she was a reporter and host at a public radio station in Southeast Alaska, where her work also aired on Alaska’s statewide public radio network.
Katarina worked as a Morning Edition news anchor and general assignment reporter at KBIA in Columbia while she was a student
at the Missouri School of Journalism. She has bachelor’s degrees in Convergence Journalism and International Studies from the University of Missouri.
Katarina’s favorite public radio program is Reveal.
Nationwide, conservative lawmakers have come together to propose and pass bills aimed at nullifying federal vaccine mandates. Public health experts worry exemptions make the workforce vulnerable.
Some state Republicans are against federal vaccine mandates. In Iowa, a new law allows workers to opt out if they think the vaccine would hurt their well-being or that of those they live with.
Republicans in more than 30 states have introduced bills to criminalize or limit the rights of protesters. Simultaneously, some Democratic-led states are working to better protect protesters.
Iowa was the only state to automatically restrict voting rights to anyone with a felony conviction. Wednesday, Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed an order to restore those rights to most people.
State Rep. Andy McKean says that the Republican Party has changed and that he no longer wants to be a member. He was first elected to the legislature in 1978.