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MIRANDA MOORE covers state government for The Wichita Beacon. Previously, she worked as an award-winning investigative reporter with the USA TODAY network in Florida. Prior to that, she wrote for The Washington Post, and provided research and data analysis for “60 Minutes” at CBS News and BuzzFeed News. She has also reported from the Missouri statehouse for the Columbia Missourian. Before becoming a journalist, she worked as a paralegal at the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. and served in the Peace Corps in Uganda from 2009 to 2011. She holds masters degrees from the University of Missouri in business and investigative journalism, and a bachelor’s degree in political science and international studies.
GRETCHEN LENTH is The Wichita Beacon’s Data Intern through the Dow Jones News Fund. She currently attends The University of Iowa, where she studies journalism and informatics. Gretchen has previous reporting experience at The Daily Iowan in Iowa City, where she covered student life. In the fall, she will return to The Daily Iowan as a copy editor.
TRACE SALZBRENNER is a reporter at The Wichita Beacon. His background is in community media and journalism, working for radio stations and newspapers across Colorado, where he grew up, and Kansas. Trace is a lover of music, animals and photography.
MARCO SCHADEN is The Wichita Beacon’s summer intern. After graduating from Marist College, Marco worked as the editor of the Manhasset Press (New York) where he won awards for in-depth series and feature writing. Marco is a recent graduate of Columbia Journalism School, where he received a master’s degree in investigative journalism.
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HILARY BECKER is the audience and product manager for The Kansas City Beacon and The Wichita Beacon. She graduated from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a bachelor’s degree in business with an emphasis in marketing. She has over six years of marketing experience growing audiences at nonprofits and media organizations. In her free time she can be found cooking, rock climbing or enjoying a new show or book.
CHELAN DAVID is the vice president of development for The Beacon. He has over 20 years of experience in fundraising, sales and marketing, and has served on a number of boards including the Association for Fundraising Professionals, Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Shawnee Mission Education Foundation, Wonderscope Children’s Museum and KU Advancement Board. A native of Kansas, he graduated from the University of Kansas with a Bachelor of Science in Journalism. In his free time he enjoys jogging, traveling, reading and spending time with his two daughters.
JENNIFER HACK WOLF is the interim publisher of The Beacon, leading editorial, audience and product strategy for the two newsrooms in Kansas City and Wichita. Before that role, she served as audience director. Previously, Wolf launched a design-thinking consultancy, Below the Fold, helping nonprofits across the region solve critical problems. A Kansas City native, she spent more than 14 years at The Kansas City Star, first as a photographer and later as photo editor and editor of Ink Magazine. A Kansas City native and graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, she and her husband live in a old fire station and enjoy exploring the Flint Hills of Kansas.
BILL SUNDAHL is vice president of corporate partnerships at The Beacon. After a varied set of careers that led to the Fundraising Leadership Series at the University of Missouri – Kansas City in 2016, his passion for connecting people with ways to grow our community took root. Sundahl founded the Crossroads Music Fest in 2005. He spent eight years at KKFI 90.1 FM, starting as an events and volunteer coordinator, then development director. The last 10 years also found him playing bass and singing in the Starhaven Rounders. He and his wife are the proud parents of two daughters who all love to find fun places to camp near the water.
KARIN SABEY (she/they) serves as the Interim Executive Director for The Beacon. She brings more than two decades of experience leading nonprofit organizations that seek to improve access to services for people and communities impacted by systemic and social inequities. Karin is a change agent skilled at identifying and activating the drivers that transform people, ideas, and organizations. She has lived and worked in various locations in both Canada and the United States, and enjoys traveling, outdoor activities and coffee.
KELSEY RYAN founded The Kansas City Beacon and The Wichita Beacon. She served as publisher until August 2022 and remains an adviser to the organization. Previously, she worked at The Kansas City Star on the investigative team that was a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist in Public Service. Originally from Newton, Kansas, she started her career covering the EF-5 tornado at The Joplin (Missouri) Globe, and later worked at The Wichita Eagle covering health care, city government and investigations. She serves on the board of directors for the Kansas Coalition for Open Government, which promotes open and transparent government, and the Institute for Nonprofit News, which works to strengthen and support more than 360 independent news organizations across the U.S.