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Staff

CELIA HACK covers local government for The Wichita Beacon. She is originally from Westwood, Kansas, and previously covered local government, criminal justice, environmental issues and education for ecoRI News, the Kansas Leadership Center’s The Journal, the Shawnee Mission Post and The Brown Daily Herald. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics and environmental science. She is a Report for America corps member.

celia@thebeacon.media

RAFAEL GARCIA covers local and state education for The Wichita Beacon. Previously, Garcia covered K-12 and higher education for The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Manhattan Mercury. He is originally from Emporia, a proud graduate of public and private schools in Kansas, and has a love for doughnuts that paid off when a feature he wrote on the topic took first place in the Kansas Press Association’s local business category. He is a Report for America corps member.

rafael@thebeacon.media

STEFANIA LUGLI is a community watchdog reporter for The Wichita Beacon. Previously, she was a metro correspondent for The Boston Globe, an investigative intern for the GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting and a digital intern for the GroundTruth Project. Originally from Florida and born into a Venezuelan family, she speaks Spanish and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is a Report for America corps member.

stefania@thebeacon.media

MATT HENNIE is executive editor of The Wichita Beacon. Previously, he served as co-publisher of Project Q Atlanta, a digital news site covering LGTBQ issues he launched in 2008. Originally from Euclid, Ohio, he grew up in Savannah, Ga. He started his career covering public safety and education, and later added health care, government, politics and public policy. Hennie worked as a freelancer, reporter and editor focused on local news for 27 years at media outlets in Georgia, South Carolina and Texas. He’s a dog dad to three and enjoys spending his time on the court refereeing high school basketball games.

matt@thebeacon.media


Contributors

Fernando Salazar

Alex Unruh

Hannah Ritchie


Beacon Media

KELSEY RYAN is founder and publisher of The Beacon, which has independent newsrooms in Kansas City and Wichita. Previously, she worked at The Kansas City Star on the investigative team that was named 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 (Kansas) Eagle covering health care, city government and investigations. She’s a board member for the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government and frequently lectures at universities in Kansas and Missouri.

kelsey@thebeacon.media

MARK HORVIT is the interim executive director of The Beacon. He is an associate professor at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where he teaches investigative reporting, and is director of the school’s State Government Reporting Program. He previously served as executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE) and the National Institute for Computer-Assisted Reporting (NICAR), where he conducted training in investigative reporting and data journalism throughout the world. Horvit worked as a reporter and editor for 20 years before joining IRE. He’s a former Beacon board member. 

mark@thebeacon.media

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. 

chelan@thebeacon.media

JENNIFER HACK WOLF is the audience director for The Beacon. 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.

jennifer@thebeacon.media

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. 

 hilary@thebeacon.media