Mission Statement

The Real MainStream (TRM) covers news, culture and opinion from a progressive perspective focused on truth, fairness, compassion and building better future relationships. TRM aims to inspire useful discussion and historic action for a more compassionate, collaborative Iowa that does better for everyone, especially marginalized groups like women, people of color, LGBTQ people, seniors, people of different belief systems, and people with conditions or diseases, or who are differently abled.

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The TRM Team

Christine Hawes, Managing & Executive Editor: 319-777-9839 or chris@therealmainstream.com

Cheryl Weatherford, Assistant Editor: cheryl@therealmainstream.com

Becca Hathaway, Assistant Editor: becca@therealmainstream.com

Regular Contributors: Christine Hawes, Becca Hathaway, Cheryl Weatherford, Dawn Frary, Rae Fotheringham, Bob Mueller

Team Support: Meredith Hamlyn, Caleb Rainey, Abby Schwartz, Anna Plank

Topics We Try To Cover


Alternative arts

Alternative health

Animal rights and welfare

Books and literature

Campaign finance reform

Cannabis research/policy

Civil rights

Climate change



Education access




Food as medicine

Freedom of expression

Gender identity

Health care access

Housing access

Independent art

Integrative medicine


Immigration and migration


LGBTQ+  community

Mental Health


Nonbinary issues

People of color community

Performance art

Performing arts

Personal development


Public records access

Reproductive justice

Sexual health

Social media health


Spoken word and poetry


Visual arts

Voting rights protection

Water quality

Women’s equity

Women’s issues

Workers’ rights