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Meet the Staff of Urban Plains
Samantha OhlsonEditor-in-Chief | West Union, IA
Proudly from a town that probably has more pigs than people.
Haley HodgesManaging Editor | Niwot, CO
How are there no bears in Iowa?
Olivia DecellesMultimedia Editor | Minneapolis, MN
There is nothing more empowering than shoveling your car out of a snow bank.
Mitch KedziorMarketing Director | Cary, IL
I say I'm from Chicago, but I also say I'm funny.
Anna JensenArticles Editor | Grayslake, IL
When the closest known landmark to your hometown is the Six Flags Great America.
Megan MoweryArticles Editor | Stoughton, WI
At any given moment there’s a 40 percent chance I’m eating cheese and wearing denim-on-denim.
Cade MartinAudio Producer | Spokane, WA
I may have lived a lot of places, but after graduation, home is where the story is.
Cassie BauerVideo Producer | Washington, MO
Iowa has 75% vowels, and I have 75% no time for that.
Brett RosengrenArt Director | Logan, IA
50% of the vehicles in Logan are riding lawnmowers.
Alex VorhiesWebmaster | Leawood, KS
Barbeque is my favorite food. Yes, I'm from Kansas City.
Jessie SpanglerSocial Media Editor | Plainfield, IL
Plainfield is more boring when I'm gone.
Elise BauernfeindSenior Editor | Maple Grove, MN
It's duck duck grey duck, and I will defend that to the ends of the earth.
Will MuckianSenior Editor | St. Charles, IL
I spend 30% of a conversation trying to list cities near my hometown that people recognize that aren't Chicago.