Iowa City author Jerry Harrington will read from Crusading Iowa Journalist Verne Marshall: Exposing Graft and the 1936 Pulitzer Prize. On December 12, 1934, police raided a canning factory in Cedar Rapids, uncovering an illegal liquor and gambling set-up. Verne Marshall, tempestuous editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette, sensed a bigger story and a wider network of corruption. His aggressive investigative reporting led to multiple resignations, nearly fifty indictments and the dramatic trial of the state’s attorney general. These explosive exposes earned Verne Marshall and the paper the 1936 Pulitzer Prize. This book traces the legacy of Marshall’s incendiary crusade across Iowa’s political landscape.
Jerry Harrington is a frequent contributor to Iowa History Journal (IHJ), he recently won the 2016 George Mills-Louise Noun Popular History Award from the Iowa State Historical Society for the IHJ series Iowa Governors of Influence. Harrington recently retired from a career in advertising/public relations and has worked for newspapers in Spencer and Clear Lake, Iowa. He earned degrees from Cornell College in English and political science and a masters’ degree in history from the University of Iowa. He is an avid comic book collector, and has taught "The History of American Comic Books," at Kirkwood Community College as part of the school's Continuing Education Program.