The Iowa Bystander is an Iowa newspaper targeted toward an African-American audience. It was founded in Des Moines on June 8, 1894 by William Coalson. From 1896–1922 the publisher was John L. Thompson. In 1922, Thompson sold the newspaper to World War I veteran James B. Morris for $1,700. In the subsequent years, Morris and the paper developed close ties with the NAACP and fought the rise of the Ku Klux Klan in Iowa.