Iowa Professor Gets Blasted After a Hit on Heartland

Fabrizio Costantini for The Chronicle

Stephen Bloom, who angered many in Iowa with his characterizations of the state and its people, is a visiting professor this year at the U. of Michigan at Ann Arbor. "I will be back," he says. "I know Iowa really well. It is my laboratory."
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The screen saver on Stephen G. Bloom's iPhone displays a typical Iowa scene: a golden cornfield in late summer, flanked by a grain silo with a rainbow overhead.

"I happen to like Iowa," says Mr. Bloom, a professor of journalism at the University of...

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