Jeff Patch

Patch, the editor and publisher of Iowa Scientist, is an Iowa-based policy and economics writer. He covers an eclectic range of issues in a variety of media and formats, such as book reviews, long-form investigative articles and news features.

He founded Iowa Intelligence, a research and communications firm, in 2015. The consultancy is based at Gravitate Coworking in West Des Moines with satellite office space at the Innovation Lab in Dubuque. The firm develops and executes strategic communications plans for companies, trade associations, nonprofit advocacy groups, candidates and individuals. With a focus on crisis and policy communications, the firm counsels clients how to tell their stories and impact issues.

Patch is a former Des Moines Register correspondent and Politico.com staff writer. His career in journalism has spanned more than 20 years, starting as a production assistant earning minimum wage at KFXA, the now-defunct Fox News affiliate in Dubuque. He has written freelance articles or analyses for outlets including RealClearInvestigations, the Wall Street Journal, Washington Examiner, Inside Sources, ValueWalk, and the (Dubuque) Telegraph Herald. He earned his B.A. in journalism and political science from the University of Iowa.

He lives in the Des Moines area with his three-year-old son. He is an active member of the Lutheran Church of Hope.

Clete Campbell

Campbell, a writer for Iowa Scientist, has more than 25 years of experience covering sports.

His company, Key City Writing, provides editorial services to a broad range of media, business and nonprofit clients. Campbell provided marketing services for more than five years to casino industry clients, including the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Sioux City and the Q Casino in Dubuque, for La Motte-based advertising agency Buzz Creative Group.

Campbell reported for the Dubuque Telegraph Herald for more than 16 years. His beats included University of Wisconsin and University of Iowa football; high school and college basketball; and major sports teams at Loras College and the University of Dubuque.

Campbell graduated from Loras College with a B.A. in journalism and radio/television production. A proud native of Sandwich, Ill., he lives with his wife and daughter in Asbury. Campbell—a hopeless, lifelong Chicago Cubs and Bears fan, has learned to bet with caution.

Mark Hirsch

Hirsch, the visuals director of Iowa Scientist, is an editorial and corporate photographer, artist, and an inspiring public speaker based out of the unlikely place of Dubuque, Iowa.

Hirsch spent twenty years in the newspaper industry as a photojournalist, photo editor and visuals editor until embarking on a freelance career in 2006. His clients include Getty Images, The New York Times and John Deere Corp.

Hirsch is the author of “That Tree,” a full-color hardcover book published by Press Syndication Group (PSG). In January of 2012 while recovering from a near fatal car accident, Mark purchased his first iPhone. He was encouraged by a friend to treat his new iPhone like his professional cameras. The first picture he took with his new iPhone was a photo of That Tree. He was instantly hooked! Mark had driven past and admired That Tree every day for nineteen years without ever taking a picture of it. This experience inspired Mark to embark on a unique adventure of making a photo-a-day of this lone bur oak tree in a Wisconsin cornfield. The year-long project was completed on March 23, 2013.

Mark regularly exhibits his photos of That Tree in galleries, and his story has been featured by many worldwide media organizations including CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio, The Huffington Post, NBC News, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, and the Sierra Club.

When not trying to capture photographs, Mark enjoys spending his time mountain biking and hiking. He lives one mile from That Tree in Platteville, Wis. with a shaggy but lovable dog, Magnum (see photo August 7 – Day 137).

Levi Lefebure

Levi Lefebure, a data analyst for Iowa Scientist, is a Simpson College senior majoring in math, political science and history. He is a fellow at the John C. Culver Public Policy Center.

He serves as the undergraduate assistant for the Iowa History Center at Simpson and co-chairs the college’s Voter Engagement Committee through his work as an ambassador for the Andrew Goodman Foundation.

Lefebure worked as a research fellow through Simpson’s Bryan Summer Research Program in mathematics on survey-based data analytics. He also interned at Cedar Rapids-based New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) to analyze their initiative to expand computer science programs in Iowa’s K-12 school system.

Lefebure competes in track and cross country for the Simpson Storm, representing his teams on the Student Athletic Advisory Committee. On the rare occasion when Lefebure is not immersed in homework, he enjoys playing board games, watching sports and spending time with teammates.