Susan Dawson-O’Brien is an adjunct professor at Johnson County Community College and Park University. Owner of sledo Communications, she has been a freelance copy editor, graphic designer, writer, photographer and blogger for the higher-ed, non-profit and medical communities for almost 30 years. She served with distinction as professor of mass communication at Rose State College in Oklahoma for 22 years, also heading the program, advising the student newspaper, and earning the Excellence in Teaching and the Outstanding Honors Project Adviser awards. A member of SPJ since 1985, Dawson-O’Brien was selected as a Freedom Forum Teaching Workshop Fellow by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Previously she taught at both Central Missouri State University and Harper College in Illinois, and worked on the copy desk of the Daily Herald in Illinois. Dawson-O’Brien earned her bachelor’s degree in mass communications from Kansas State University and her master of science in journalism degree, with an emphasis on newspaper management, from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.
Mark Reddig, Vice President
Mark Reddig is the host of “Land Line Now,” a news and information program designed specifically for truck drivers. He has been a writer and editor at the show’s sister publication, Land Line Magazine. Winner of several national awards. Previously served as managing editor and general manager or the Belton Star-Herald; editor of CLEC.com, a
Web site that covered the telecommunications industry; managing editor of The Sun Newspapers; and copy chief at The Hutchinson News.
Greg Grisolano is an award-winning investigative reporter and feature writer living in Kansas City, Mo. By day he writes about trucking and transportation issues at Land Line Magazine; by night he freelances about sports, movies, media and people. His career in journalism began at The Joplin Globe. His work has appeared in a variety of print, radio and online sites, including The Columbia Journalism Review. He’s a proud alumnus of the Communication Department at Pittsburg State University.
Mary Wilson, Secretary
Wilson is the editor of her family-owned newspaper, the Jackson County Advocate, covering her hometowns of Grandview and South Kansas City. Telling stories has been in her blood from a very young age, as she used to say she wanted to be Harris Faulkner when she grew up. She never really changed her mind, just her medium. After high school, she went on to study at Northwest Missouri State University, and now proudly serves on several organizations in addition to the Kansas City Press Club, including: the Missouri Press Association, the Grandview Education Foundation and Grandview Main Street. When she’s not busy writing, editing or taking photos, she spends her time keeping up with her 11-year-old son, Michael.
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Mark Schremmer, board member
Schremmer has been a professional journalist since 2000, working as a reporter and editor at various publications in Missouri and Kansas. Currently, he serves as a staff writer at Land Line Magazine in Grain Valley, Mo. He also works as a freelance sports writer for such publications as The Kansas City Star, Topeka Capital-Journal and The Joplin Globe. Before joining Land Line in 2015, Schremmer worked as the news editor and interim managing editor at The Morning Sun in Pittsburg, Kansas; as the assistant news editor at The Capital-Journal; and as a sports reporter at the Globe. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Pittsburg State University and served one year as a journalism instructor at PSU.
Leah Wankum, board member