Lee Rood


Lee Rood has been the Reader’s Watchdog at the Des Moines Register since 2012. A longtime investigative reporter and editor, she created a unique column to help readers find answers and accountability from government, businesses, and nonprofits. After more than a decade in that post, she’s known across the state of Iowa as a voice for Iowans, writing about the serious problems that affect their lives.

Rood has exposed individuals who have preyed on vulnerable populations or wronged consumers, and uncovered wasted tax dollars and excessive government spending. Her work has led to changes in state and federal law, triggered court action and arrests, and prompted good deeds and community action by readers moved by her columns.

Headshot of a woman with shoulder-length brown hair