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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, all journalists (staff and freealncers) agree to uphold the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. Journalists also disclose any conflicts of interest and provide samples of past work to editors.

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KELSEY RYAN is founder and publisher 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, Kan., she’s worked at The Joplin (Mo.) Globe and The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle. She also manages memberships and communications at Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers. kelsey@thebeacon.media

JENNIFER HACK WOLF is the audience development director of The Beacon. Previously, Wolf launched a design-thinking consultancy, Below the Fold, helping nonprofits across the region solve critical problems. 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

CELISA CALACAL is assistant editor 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. celisa@thebeacon.media

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. brittany@thebeacon.media

TIFFANY SCANTLEBURY is the social media specialist for The Beacon and oversees all social media channels.  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. tiffany@thebeacon.media


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