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Uncovering the truth in Minnesota

‘Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota’ is an investigative podcast based out of the state of Minnesota. Unconstrained, unbiased, and driven for the truth, follow Sarah Knieff and Izabel Johnson as they use journalism to tell the untold stories of Minnesota. 

“Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota” is an investigative podcast based out of the state of Minnesota. Unconstrained, unbiased, and driven for the truth, follow Sarah Knieff and Izabel Johnson as they use journalism to tell the untold stories of Minnesota. 

The inspiration for the podcast comes from Sarah and Izabel’s love for writing. They wanted to be able to use journalism on their own terms in order to bring issues to light that they believe haven’t received enough public attention. 

The podcast will feature episodes on current news, cold cases, political issues, unsolved mysteries, sex trafficking, the dark history of Minnesota, and much more.

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Uncovering the missing person’s case of Hang Lee

Join Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota as they take a closer look at the disappearance of Hang Lee.

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Uncovering the Diane Buntrock murder

Join Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota as they discuss the 1995 murder of Diane Buntrock by her son Michael with their first guest.

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

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Uncovering the Reker sister murders

Listen to Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota’s latest episode where they take an in depth look at the unsolved murders of Mary and Susanne Reker.

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Izabel Johnson

Co-host and Producer of “Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota” Podcast

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. 

Sarah Knieff

Co-host and Producer of “Uncovering the Truth in Minnesota” Podcast

Sarah Knieff is a lover of cats, books, fashion and traveling. Her perfect afternoon would be spent curled up next to a fireplace, drinking a hot cappuccino, petting her cat Charli and reading her newest book purchase. She might even do a little online shopping, but don’t tell her family because she is supposed to be cutting back on buying new clothes. When Sarah is not doing all of that, or spending quality time with her friends and family, she can be found poring over the new issue of The New York Times like the dedicated journalist she is. Sarah is currently a senior at the University of Minnesota Duluth and will graduate in December 2020 with a bachelor’s in journalism and a minor in professional writing.

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