Katie Akin

Katie Akin

Reporter Katie Akin began her career as an intern at PolitiFact, debunking viral fake news and fact-checking state and national politicians. She moved to Iowa in 2019 for a politics internship at the Des Moines Register, where she assisted with Iowa Caucus coverage, multimedia projects and the Register’s Iowa Poll. She became the Register’s retail reporter in early 2020, chronicling the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Central Iowa’s restaurants and retailers.

Trump rally goers in Iowa eager for a 2024 run

By: - October 14, 2021

Christina Ramirez drove five hours to Des Moines looking for one thing: hope. “Our country is just slipping away little by little,” she said. “I want to know if there’s any hope for us, for anybody, for this country.” Ramirez was one of thousands to attend a rally for former President Donald Trump at the […]

GOP presidential hopefuls speak to conservative Iowa voters

By: - July 19, 2021

In a preview of the 2024 presidential election, several big-name Republicans on Friday touted pro-life, anti-“critical race theory” policies to win over a group of Iowa Christian conservatives.  The Family Leader, an Iowa-based religious advocacy group, held Friday’s event. Family Leader President Bob Vander Plaats said he specifically invited three potential 2024 candidates — Former […]