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James Wolner producer of Dakota Spotlight Podcast

James Wolner

Podcast Producer, Filmmaker

James Wolner is an regional Emmy award-winning filmmaker and the creator, producer and host of Dakota Spotlight a true crime podcast focussing on the Upper Midwest.

He holds a Bachelor's degree from California State University at Fresno where he studied photojournalism and English Literature.

A California native, Wolner lived in Sweden for over two decades before relocating back to the United States in 2012.

With long experience in the Information Technology industry, he is a certified MySQL Database Administrator and open source programmer; He worked primarily as a website and database developer in Europe and the United States until 2020 when he made a career change to investigative reporting, writing and podcast and film production.

In 2021 Wolner won a regional Emmy award for Forum Communication's documentary film The House on Sweet and Seventh.

He can be contacted at jwolner@forumcomm.com
Languages: English and Swedish
Hobbies: Running, reading, hiking, cooking.
Best part of any day: First sip of coffee
Favorite Movies: The Double Life Of Veronique,Lost in Translation

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When podcast host James Wolner travelled to Europe recently, his vacation was quickly sidetracked by a suspicious drowning and international secrets. Listen to part 2 of The Man From Un.
When podcast host James Wolner travelled to Europe recently, his vacation was quickly sidetracked by a suspicious drowning and international secrets. Listen to part 2 of The Man From Un.
When podcast host James Wolner travelled to Europe recently, his vacation was quickly sidetracked by a suspicious drowning and international secrets. Listen to part 1 of The Man From Un.
When podcast host James Wolner travelled to Europe recently, his vacation was quickly sidetracked by a suspicious drowning and international secrets. Listen to part 1 of The Man From Un.
In this episode of Dakota Spotlight's season 5, A Better Search for Barbara Cotton, we hear from C.E. (Red) Sullivan, who was in the company of person of interest Stacey Demarr Werder.
Four days after Forum Communications' podcast Dakota Spotlight asked listeners for assistance in locating an individual, a troubling possibility surfaced. Williston Police Department investigators will look closer at man in custody. Scroll to the end of this story to go directly to the podcast.
Why not do some last-minute (virtual) traveling with the Dakota Spotlight Podcast? Check out our summer series featuring seven fascinating interviews with podcast producers, each looking for answers and seeking justice in their own corner of the world.
Barbara Cotton has been missing since 1981. Forty years later, Forum Communication's podcast Dakota Spotlight told the gripping story to thousands of persons throughout the globe. Now, her friends and family have started the #FindBarbCotton movement, dedicated to finding answers.
The appalling 1976 murders of Wade and Ellen Zick of Zeeland, N.D., were detailed in Dakota Spotlight's second season. Early next year, the last of three men convicted in the case will be released from federal prison -- more than 45 years after killing the Zicks.
Poetic justice is a term we use when wrongdoing is punished and virtue rewarded in an ironical way. In South Africa, one victim of a sex crime chases down serial pedophiles with his strong voice and rich, poetic-like language. Learn more about Deon Wiggett in the latest episode of Dakota Spotlight.