Official Trailer

By Katie Kreis

Flash Films will premiere the documentary ‘Grant Price: Setting the Standard’ on Thursday, April 11, at 3 p.m., in Neumann Auditorium at Wartburg College. Admission is free.

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The 15-minute film showcases the legacy that Grant Price left on journalism in Iowa and across the nation. Price led the industry of broadcast journalism in its transition from radio to television. Price began his career at WMT-TV in Cedar Rapids, now KGAN, and spent 20 years as news director at KWWL. Civically, he helped put cameras in Iowa courtrooms and fought for First Amendment rights. Meanwhile, Price served as a mentor to countless broadcast journalists. After retiring from the newsroom, he taught and advised in the communication arts department at Wartburg College and assisted in the founding of the Archives of Iowa Broadcasting. Price died in 2008. The standard he set for balance between the work and home inspired many who knew him. Generations of journalists, students and citizens near and far have benefited from his efforts.

“Simply put, the world is a better place because Grant Price was in it,” said Jeff Kennedy, former KWWL-TV meteorologist. “He really impacted me. He showed me how to be a professional and gave me my chance when nobody else would. 

The documentary premiere is a component of Research, Internship and Creative Endeavor (RICE) Day at Wartburg College.

“Wartburg dedicates a day each year to recognize student achievements and celebrate excellence in and out of the classroom,” said Janeen Stewart, executive administrator for the President’s Office and RICE Day coordinator. “By showcasing a variety of learning, RICE Day tells the story of all the great work that happens on campus every day. It also lifts up the importance of deep and integrative learning and mentoring relationships, both of which are important goals in the college’s strategic plan. The entire campus community, parents and families, and many others come together to enjoy and celebrate outstanding student work.”

Information about RICE Day activities can be found at

Following ‘Grant Price: Setting the Standard’ at 3:30 p.m. is another capstone documentary, ‘Not So Fragile,’ which tells the story of fragile-x syndrome in the life of Aaron Haugen.

For more information on production, follow Flash Films on Facebook. For more information on the documentary premiere, contact Madison Bloker at or 319-939-1557.

Wartburg, a four-year liberal arts college internationally recognized for community engagement, enrolls 1,498 students. Wartburg is affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and is named after the castle in Germany where Martin Luther took refuge disguised as a knight during the stormy days of the Reformation while translating the Bible from Greek into German.