Board of Directors

Mark Reddig, PresidentKCPC_200x250_MReddig

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, a
Web site that covered the telecommunications  industry; managing editor of The Sun Newspapers; and copy chief at The Hutchinson News.

Term expires 6/31/17

Corbin Crable, Vice President/President-electcorbin

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.”

Term expires 6/30/17.


Mary Rupert, SecretaryKCPC_200x267_MRupert

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.

Term expires 6/30/17.


Dick Nelson, TreasurerKCPC_200x250_DNelson

Retired journalist and educator (University of Kansas, University of Missouri). Has served as news director/anchor at KOMU-TV, Columbia.  Managing editor,  as well as news director at television stations in Wichita, Cedar Rapids and Asheville, NC.  Managing Editor, KCTV (1986-1993). Consultant to PT Indosiar Visual Mandiri, Jakarta, Indonesia; Television Broadcasts Ltd., Hong  Kong; and CNBC, Hong Kong. Member of SPJ since 1973; member of Kansas City Press Club since 1986, president 1992-93.  Recipient of the 2016 Kansas City Press Club Lifetime Achievement Award.

Term expires 6/30/17.


 Linda Friedel, Immediate Past PresidentFullSizeRender (1)

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.

Term expires 6/30/17

Debra DeCoster, board member


KC Hispanic News

Term expires 6/30/17.


Patti Klinge, board member

Patti Klinge

Patti Klinge is a graphic designer and photographer, currently  the art director for Discovery Publications, which publishes Discover Vintage America, a monthly magazine supporting antique dealers and collectors in the Midwest.

Klinge grew up in the Chicago area and moved to Kansas City after earning a bachelor of science degree in data processing and business from Southern Illinois University.

Her eclectic mix of experience includes 28 years in Information Technology, followed by three years as a life coach, presenter of creativity playshops for social groups and corporate team-builders and design consulting for small businesses.

She attended Johnson County Community College for several years part-time while working full-time, taking classes in desktop publishing, photography and graphic design, and served on the Campus Ledger newspaper staff as the layout designer.

Term expires 6/30/17


Susan Dawson-O’Brien, board member

SDO_headshot2015 (1)Susan Dawson-O’Brien is the owner of sledoCommunications 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.

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