James Wolner

Season 10 is out now!

You Killed Chris: A Friend’s Fight for Justice” delves into the chilling and unresolved case of Christine Rothschild, an 18-year-old university student whose life was brutally cut short in 1968. Against the tumultuous backdrop of the 1960’s counterculture movement and social change sweeping the US, Season 10 of Dakota Spotlight takes listeners beyond the infamous Manson murders to uncover a lesser-known but equally sinister tale of murder, mystery, and obsession on the campus of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Listen anywhere you get your podcasts or at dakotaspotlight.com

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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