The Beacon’s staff handle editorial content, audience development and day-to-day newsroom operations. The editorial independence of our editors and reporters is critical to the mission of The Beacon. The standards of editorial independence adopted by the Institute for Nonprofit News are our guide. Prior to working at The Beacon, journalists (staff and freelancers) agree to uphold the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. Journalists also disclose conflicts of interest and provide references and samples of past work to editors.

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KELSEY RYAN is founder, publisher and editor of The Beacon. 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.

JENNIFER HACK WOLF is the audience development manager at 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.

CELISA CALACAL is the economics and civic engagement reporter at The Beacon. She previously worked at KCUR as a news intern before helping produce the daily talk show, Central Standard. She’s also contributed to KCUR’s newest podcast, A People’s History of Kansas City. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley in Los Angeles, her work has appeared in Salon, The Nation and The American Prospect.

BRITTANY CALLAN is the health and environment reporter at The Beacon, and a corps member through Report for America. Previously, she worked as a communications associate at The Medical College of Wisconsin and was a fact checker for Discover Magazine. Originally from Milwaukee, she graduated from the Milwaukee School of Engineering with a bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering.

TIFFANY SCANTLEBURY is a marketing and engagement social media specialist for The Beacon. She graduated from Northwest Missouri State University, where she received her degree in interactive digital media with a visual emphasis. Tiffany was born and raised in Kansas City, and in her free time enjoys spending time with her family, playing Xbox and reading.

HILARY BECKER is an editorial social media specialist for The Beacon and oversees all social media channels. 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 social media channels at nonprofits and media organizations. In her free time she can be found cooking, rock climbing or enjoying a new show or book.

HANNAH RITCHIE STINGER is a copy editor for The Beacon. After receiving degrees in journalism and Spanish from the University of Missouri, she worked as a copy editor at several large newspapers, including The Austin American-Statesman and The Kansas City Star. Hannah grew up in Arizona and in her free time enjoys learning languages, traveling and reading.


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