Kyle Munson, a lifelong journalist, has worked more than 23 years for The Des Moines Register and USA Today Network. For that last seven years he has served as the paper's fourth Iowa columnist since World War II. His work blends news, investigations, narrative, commentary and personality to tell stories from the heart of the Midwest and beyond. He has written or co-produced a variety of award-winning projects, including an Emmy-winning video documentary. He has helped to create and host a range of issues forums and similar events that bring journalists face to face with their audiences. In 2012 he covered Chinese President Xi Jinping's return visit to Iowa. Follow him on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@KyleMunson); or WeChat (@iowa_guy).