Woodward Communications Data Breach Investigation

Turke & Strauss LLP, a leading data breach law firm, is investigating Woodward Communications, Inc. regarding its recent data breach. The Woodward Communications data breach involved sensitive personal identifiable information belonging to over 4,700 individuals.


Woodward Communications is a media company that provides news, entertainment, and business media. Founded in 1836, Woodward Communications began as the first newspaper in Iowa. Today, Woodward Communications has grown into a multimedia corporation involved in newspaper, radio, digital publications, social media, and entertainment. Accordingly, Woodward Communications is divided into three divisions—Woodward Community Media, Woodward Radio Group, and Woodward Biz Media. Headquartered in Dubuque, Iowa, Woodward Communications is an employee-owned company that has paid former employee owners more than $63 million since its inception.


On January 19, 2023, Woodward Communications discovered that it had experienced a data breach in which the sensitive personal identifiable information in its systems may have been accessed and obtained. Through its investigation, Woodward Communications determined that an unauthorized actor may have accessed and obtained this sensitive information on February 21, 2023. On April 5, 2023, Woodward Communications began contacting individuals whose information may have been impacted. The type of information exposed includes:

  • Name
  • Social Security number
  • Date of birth
  • Driver’s license number

If you received a breach notification letter from Woodward Communications:

We would like to speak with you about your rights and potential legal remedies in response to this data breach. Please fill out the form, below, or contact us at (608) 237-1775 or sam@turkestrauss.com.

If you were impacted by the Woodward Communications data breach, you may consider taking the following steps to protect your personal information.

  1. Carefully review the breach notice and retain a copy;
  2. Enroll in any free credit monitoring services provided by Woodward Communications, Inc.;
  3. Change passwords and security questions for online accounts;
  4. Regularly review account statements for signs of fraud or unauthorized activity;
  5. Monitor credit reports for signs of identity theft; and
  6. Contact a credit bureau(s) to request a temporary fraud alert.

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