Izabel Johnson

Izabel has always had a passion for reading, writing, and solving mysteries. These passions, along with the support of her family, friends, and coffee, are the driving forces behind Izabel’s work in investigative journalism. When she is not working, she is most likely spending time with friends and family or unwinding with some Netflix or a good book. Izabel is a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth and will graduate in December 2020 with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and a minor in communication.

Minnesota Cold Cases: Rachel Anthony – Part two

Uncoveering the Truth In Minnesota returns after their holiday break to continue their discussion on the murder of Rachel Anthony. On this episode hosts Izabel and Sarah speak with journalist Chelsey Perkins about her experience reporting on Anthony’s case.

Minnesota Cold Cases: Rachel Anthony

This week investigative podcast Uncovering The Truth In Minnesota looks into the second cold case of thier second season, the murder of Rachel Anthony. Anthony was 50 years old when she went missing on Feb. 27, 2001.

Minnesota Cold Cases: Suzanne Sayles

Investigative podcast Uncovering The Truth In Minnesota begins Season Three by looking into the unsolved murder and assault of Suzanne Sayles from 1979 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. In 1972 Suzanne was found sexually assaulted and strangled in her Minneapolis studio apartment. She last talked with her mother on the phone about an hour before her murder. The next day, when she didn’t show up for work, Suzanne’s friend and a co-worker went to her apartment to check in on her. When they arrived they discovered her body. Suzanne’s family and friends believe she knew her killer. Any one with information on

Uncovering sex trafficking in Duluth, Minnesota: Part six

In this week’s episode of Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota we talk with Mary Cowen, the Residential Program Manager for the Life House organization in Duluth, about how the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted sex trafficking in the community.

Uncovering sex trafficking in Duluth, Minnesota: Part 2

In this episode, Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota discusses what exactly human trafficking is and the differences between sex, organ and labor trafficking. Join hosts Izabel Johnson and Sarah Knieff as they take a dive into some other facts around human trafficking in Minnesota and what’s known so far. This is the second episode of season two where Uncovering the truth in Minnesota will attempt to uncover and discuss the sex trafficking activity occurring in the city of Duluth, Minnesota. Come back next week for part two.  Program for Aid to Victims of Sexual Assault (PAVSA) — Duluth Trafficking Task Force pavsa.org

Uncovering the Duluth lynchings

This week Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota takes a look at a dark part in Minnesota’s history when three innocent Black men, Isaac Mcghie, Elmer Jackson, and Elias Clayton, were lynched in the city of Duluth. On June 15, 1920, three Black circus workers, Elias Clayton, Elmer Jackson, and Isaac McGhie, suspects in an assault case, were taken from jail and lynched by a white mob of thousands in Duluth, Minnesota. Rumors had circulated that six African Americans had raped and robbed a nineteen-year-old woman. A physician who examined her found no physical evidence of rape. The 1920 lynchings are the only known instance of