Kansas City Press Club officers and board members
Corbin Crable, President
Crable is the print journalism and media communications coordinator at Johnson County Community College, where he also serves as faculty adviser to the student newspaper, The Campus Ledger. Crable also has worked as co-editor-in-chief of The Gardner News, copy editor and page designer at The Grand Island (Neb.) Independent, and general assignment reporter at The Olathe Daily News. In 2011, Crable received a first-place award from the Kansas Press Association for a series he wrote about Johnson County’s ties to the 1959 Clutter family murders, which served as the inspiration for author Truman Capote’s “In Cold Blood.”
Mark Reddig, Immediate Past 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.
Mary Rupert, Secretary
Editor of the Wyandotte Daily News. Mary has a bachelors degree from Kansas State University and an MSJ from the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communictions at the University of Kansas.
Dick Nelson, board member
Nelson is a retired journalist and educator (University of Kansas, University of Missouri). He has served as news director/anchor at KOMU-TV, Columbia, as well as news director at television stations in Wichita, Cedar Rapids and Asheville, NC. From 1986-1993 he was managing editor at, KCTV (1986-1993). Nelson was a consultant to PT Indosiar Visual Mandiri, Jakarta, Indonesia; Television Broadcasts Ltd., Hong Kong; and CNBC, Hong Kong. Nelson has been a member of SPJ since 1973 and a member of Kansas City Press Club since 1986. He was President in 1992-93. Nelson was recipient of the 2016 Kansas City Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award.
Debra DeCoster, board member
KC Hispanic News
Linda Friedel is a special projects editor with MetroMedia Publishers, a home-grown publisher specializing in city magazines, niche publications and chamber of commerce directories. She was formerly the editor and writer of Kansas City Nursing News and has written for multiple newspapers under News, Press & Gazette, including Sun Publications. Her work has also appeared in the Kansas City Star. Linda holds a master’s degree from Baker University.
Susan Dawson-O’Brien is the owner of sledo Communications and has been a freelance copy editor, graphic designer, writer, photographer and blogger for the higher-ed, non-profit and medical communities for 28 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, she 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.
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.