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Author Beth Bednar to speak at UNI on her book, 'Dead Air: The Disappearance of Jodi Husentruit'

September 2, 2011

Chris Martin, interim head, Department of Communication Studies, 319-273-6118,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,


CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- In the summer of 1995, Jodi Husentruit was on her way to work at a Mason City TV station when she vanished without a trace. Beth Bednar, author of "Dead Air: The Disappearance of Jodi Husentruit" will speak about her own experiences as a news anchor and about her book at the University of Northern Iowa on Thursday, Sept. 8, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., in the Center for Multicultural Education (CME) located in Maucker Union. She will inform the audience about the kidnapping of Husentruit in hopes to increase coverage regarding the disappearance.

The book provides a special insight into the TV news business and shines a spotlight on a missing person's case that still poses more questions than answers. "Someone still harbors the truth about what really happened," said Bednar. "This case still haunts the entire TV industry as well as her family and friends and someone needs to stand up for Jodi and her story."

The event is sponsored by the Department of Communication Studies. Bednar will also appear at University Book & Supply in Cedar Falls, Sept. 8, from 6 to 7 p.m. to speak and sign books.