James Wolner

2024 News

In January of 2024 I am back to producing this show 100% independently, starting a podcast network and will be creating new shows (not just true crime). To learn more please check out the newly revamped and updated website: dakotaspotlight.com

I’m James Wolner, creator of Dakota Spotlight Podcast. I also wrote, narrated and co-produced a regional Emmy award winning documentary, ‘The House on Sweet & Seventh.’ Before creating Dakota Spotlight I worked as a photographer and IT professional.

Listen to Seasons: S1 | S2 | S3 | S4 | S5 | S6 | S7 | S8 | S9 Summer Special Epping Eagles

projects – distinctions – awards

2021- First podcast to be preserved by the North Dakota State Archives, Bismarck, ND.

2020 Featured on Marie Claire’s list of best True Crime Podcasts


Feb 2020:

“A podcast that covers true crime in small Midwestern towns?  Sign us up!  Host James Wolner is a one-person show and the brains behind Dakota Spotlight.  The Second season of the podcast just finished and told the story of the tragic murders of a banker and his wife, who lived in North Dakota.  Wolner’s voice itself will reel you in, but you’ll end up staying for the story.”

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