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We know that you don’t need to leave the Midwest to live big. From small-town scoops to national narratives, we highlight the region’s personality in the stories we tell. Our dynamic content and innovative reporting brings you to the place we’re proud to call home.

Meet the Staff of Urban Plains

Samantha Ohlson

Samantha Ohlson

Editor-in-Chief | West Union, IA

Proudly from a town that probably has more pigs than people.

Haley Hodges

Haley Hodges

Managing Editor | Niwot, CO

How are there no bears in Iowa?

Olivia Decelles

Olivia Decelles

Multimedia Editor | Minneapolis, MN

There is nothing more empowering than shoveling your car out of a snow bank.

Mitch Kedzior

Mitch Kedzior

Marketing Director | Cary, IL

I say I'm from Chicago, but I also say I'm funny.

Anna Jensen

Anna Jensen

Articles Editor | Grayslake, IL

When the closest known landmark to your hometown is the Six Flags Great America.

Megan Mowery

Megan Mowery

Articles Editor | Stoughton, WI

At any given moment there’s a 40 percent chance I’m eating cheese and wearing denim-on-denim.

Cade Martin

Cade Martin

Audio Producer | Spokane, WA

I may have lived a lot of places, but after graduation, home is where the story is.

Cassie Bauer

Cassie Bauer

Video Producer | Washington, MO

Iowa has 75% vowels, and I have 75% no time for that.

Brett Rosengren

Brett Rosengren

Art Director | Logan, IA

50% of the vehicles in Logan are riding lawnmowers.

Alex Vorhies

Alex Vorhies

Webmaster | Leawood, KS

Barbeque is my favorite food. Yes, I'm from Kansas City.

Jessie Spangler

Jessie Spangler

Social Media Editor | Plainfield, IL

Plainfield is more boring when I'm gone.

Elise Bauernfeind

Elise Bauernfeind

Senior Editor | Maple Grove, MN

It's duck duck grey duck, and I will defend that to the ends of the earth.

Will Muckian

Will Muckian

Senior Editor | St. Charles, IL

I spend 30% of a conversation trying to list cities near my hometown that people recognize that aren't Chicago.

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