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James Wolner

Podcast Producer, Filmmaker

Languages: Swedish, English
James Wolner is an regional Emmy award-winning filmmaker and the creator, producer and host of Dakota Spotlight a true crime podcast that focuses 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
twitter: @dakotaspotlight

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, The Giant Mechanical Man

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In the latest update from the Dakota Spotlight podcast's Season 5: A Better Search for Barbara Cotton, host James Wolner interviews a someone who may have seen the 15-year-old girl, gone missing from Williston, North Dakota, in 1981.
In this week's episode, the investigative true crime podcast plays its entire interview with a significant person in this season: Clyde Diede, a chiropractor in Winner, South Dakota, and husband of Kristin Diede when she went missing with her boyfriend Bob Anderson in 1993.
TV news reporter Dan MacDonald expected worried family members, maybe a town gripped by the fact that two people just up and disappeared not that long ago. What he got in Wishek in 1995 was something far different, and the trip continues to haunt him.
How do two people just disappear? How does that happen and not trigger a massive manhunt, blanket TV coverage, cable news coverage and some sort of Netflix documentary show? In the case of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson, it was about who they were. Or perhaps more so – who they weren’t.
Family members sought to learn what authorities knew about what happened to Bob Anderson and his girlfriend Kristin Diede on a road trip to Wishek, North Dakota in 1993. Law enforcement had a lot to tell the family, including a startling detail about clues from a South Dakota town 100 miles away from Wishek in the days after Kristin and Bob disappeared.
In the latest episode of investigative true crime podcast Dakota Spotlight, James Wolner and Jeremy Fugleberg dig into the backgrounds of Kristin Diede and Bob Anderson, the couple who vanished from small North Dakota town in mid-August 1993, and find telling details.
In this episode of Dakota Spotlight's A Better Search for Barbara we speak with Barb's childhood friend, Sandee Evanson.
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.
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.