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A letter from Business Record leaders: Statement on events unfolding at the U.S. Capitol


This afternoon we are witnessing unprecedented disruption in our nation’s capital unlike anything we have experienced in our lifetimes. As an apolitical business publication, we feel it is important to address how and why we are covering this news and share our commitment to helping our readers navigate the situation.

Our organization’s mission is to help businesses do business better, and our newsroom works diligently to take a nonpartisan and balanced approach to reporting on business issues and policy that could affect our business community. We have long held a core belief that we don’t endorse candidates for office and we have historically chosen not to cover the day-to-day news of individual election races; today’s events are election-related. Many national and local news organizations make it their specialty to provide election and political coverage, and we encourage you to continue consuming many different sources of news in addition to our coverage to remain abreast of this unfolding situation. 

But while we are a business publication, the reality is that civic engagement, civility and disruptions to democracy affect our workforce and our places of business. While we are apolitical, it does not mean that we shy away from critical issues of vast import to our readers, so we will be aggregating content in the short term, and will work to provide balanced context, analysis and reporting as we work to cover the situation.

What can you expect from us? Our commitment to you is that we will continue to bring you high-quality coverage of business news and we will cover the developing national events through that lens. The events that are unfolding are of deep civic importance and ultimately affect our economy and business climate. To that end, while we will rely on national news to cover the disruption in Washington, D.C., we will endeavor to provide insights to help you and your workforce navigate what is happening and the effects on Iowa businesses.

– Suzanna de Baca, BPC president and group publisher
– Chris Conetzkey, publisher and executive editor
– Emily Barske, associate editor

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