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Jeremy Bernfeld

Jeremy Bernfeld

Editor
Partner Station: 
KCUR

Jeremy Bernfeld is the editor of Harvest Public Media, based at KCUR in Kansas City. Jeremy comes to Harvest from Boston where he helped build wbur.org, named the best news website in the country by the Radio Television Digital News Association. He has covered blizzards and tornadoes and the natural disaster that was the Red Sox’ 2011 season. A proud graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, Jeremy’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, The Kansas City Star, the (Falmouth, Maine) Forecaster, APM's Marketplace and on NPR’s Morning Edition, Here & Now and Only a Game. He's on Twitter @jeremyHPM.

Grant Gerlock

Grant Gerlock

Reporter
Partner Station: 
NET

Grant Gerlock is Harvest Public Media's reporter at NET News, where he started as Morning Edition host in 2008. He joined Harvest Public Media in July 2012. Grant has visited coal plants, dairy farms, horse tracks and hospitals to cover a variety of stories. Before going to Nebraska, Grant studied mass communication as a grad student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and completed his undergrad at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. He grew up on a farm in southwestern Iowa where he listened to public radio in the tractor, but has taken up city life in Lincoln, Neb.

Peggy Lowe

Peggy Lowe

Analyst, Harvest Network
Partner Station: 
KCUR

Peggy Lowe, who runs the Harvest Network, returns to the Midwest after 22 years as a journalist in Denver and Southern California. Most recently she was at The Orange County Register, where she was a multimedia producer and writer. In Denver she worked for The Associated Press, The Denver Post and the late, great Rocky Mountain News. She was on the Denver Post team that won the Pulitzer Prize for breaking news coverage of Columbine. Peggy was a Knight-Wallace Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2008-2009. She is from O'Neill, the Irish Capital of Nebraska, and now lives in Kansas City.

Amy Mayer

Amy Mayer

Reporter
Partner Station: 
Iowa Public Radio

Amy Mayer joined Harvest Public Media in 2012 and works in Iowa Public Radio’s Ames office. Amy worked as an independent producer for many years and also previously had stints as weekend news host and reporter at WFCR in Amherst, Mass., and as a reporter and host/producer of a weekly call-in health show at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Amy’s work has earned awards from SPJ, the Alaska Press Club and the Massachusetts/Rhode Island AP. She produced the 2011 documentary Peace Corps Voices, which aired in over 160 communities across the country and has written for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Real Simple and other print outlets. Since the spring of 2008, Amy has served on the board of directors of the Association of Independents in Radio. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Wellesley College and a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.

Luke Runyon

Luke Runyon

Reporter
Partner Station: 
KUNC

Luke Runyon is Harvest Public Media’s reporter based at KUNC in northern Colorado. He joined the Harvest team in March 2013. Luke comes to Harvest by way of Aspen, Colo., where he was a reporter for Aspen Public Radio for two years. While there he filed stories for NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Before moving to Colorado, Luke covered the Illinois legislature for WUIS and Illinois Public Radio. He has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield and his work has been recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Follow him on Twitter @LukeRunyon.

Kristofor Husted

Kristofor Husted

Reporter
Partner Station: 
KBIA

Kristofor Husted joined Harvest Public Media in July 2014 and reports from KBIA in Columbia, Mo.  Before joining KBIA as a reporter/producer, Kris reported for NPR’s Science Desk in Washington, D.C.  He has covered topics ranging from the King salmon collapse in Northern California to the shutdown of a pollution-spewing coal plant in Virginia. Kris received his B.S. in cell biology from UC Davis and earned an M.S. in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University, where he was honored as a Comer scholar for environmental journalism. Find Kris on Twitter @krishusted.

Abby Wendle

Reporter
Partner Station: 
Tri States

Abby Wendle joined Harvest Public Media in September of 2014, and reports from Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Ill. She came to Harvest from Tulsa, Okla., where she produced radio for This Land Press. That included partnerships with public radio programs The Story, State of the Re:Union, and The CBC’s Day 6. Her work has earned awards from The Third Coast International Audio Festival, KCRW's Radio Race, The Missouri Review and The National Association of Black Journalists. She has worked as an assistant producer for The Takeaway and interned at Radiolab. Abby has a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. 

Donna Vestal

Supervising Editor
Partner Station: 
KCUR

Donna Vestal helped launch Harvest Public Media in 2010 with the support of a dedicated team of journalists. A newspaper veteran, she worked nearly 18 years as a business editor for The Kansas City Star, where she directed small business, retail, development, workplace and health care beats, among others. Donna’s agriculture focus dates back to the 1980s, when she served as news editor of The Packer, a national weekly newspaper for the fruit and vegetable industry. She also was the lead researcher and writer for “A Century of Produce,” a book commemorating The Packer’s 100th anniversary. Donna has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Kansas. She works out of KCUR’s offices in Kansas City.

Frank Morris

Senior Reporter
Partner Station: 
KCUR

Frank Morris is the founder of and senior contributor to Harvest Public Media. He also is the news director at KCUR, presiding over the station's news coverage since 1999. Frank also files regularly with National Public Radio and has covered everything from tornados to tax law. His work has won dozens of awards, including four national Public Radio News Directors awards (PRNDIs) and several regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Frank grew up in rural Kansas, listening to the public radio station out of Hutchinson. He worked as a DJ throughout college at the University of Kansas. After graduating with degrees in philosophy and political science, Frank went to work at an AM news/talk station in Lawrence, Kan., and later at the statehouse in Topeka for Kansas Public Radio. He started at KCUR in 1991.

ABOUT HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA

Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and field. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Harvest covers these agriculture-related topics through an expanding network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest.

 

WHY FOOD, FUEL AND FIELD?

Global demand for food and fuel is rising, and the push and pull for resources has serious ramifications for our country’s economic prosperity.  What’s more, we all eat, so we all have a stake in how our food is produced  In the Midwest, in particular, today’s emerging agenda for agriculture is headlined by climate change, food safety, biofuel production, animal welfare, water quality, and sustainability.  By examining these local, regional and national issues and their implications with in-depth and unbiased reporting, Harvest is filling a critical information void. See a list of the journalism awards we've won.

 

HOW WE REPORT

Most Harvest Public Media stories begin with radio — regular reports are aired on our member stations in the Midwest. But Harvest also explores issues through online analyses, television documentaries and features, podcasts, photography, video, blogs and social networking.  We are committed to the highest journalistic standards. Click here to read our ethics policy.

 

FUNDING

Harvest Public Media is a Local Journalism Center launched in 2010 with the support of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Today, the collaboration is supported by the Harvest Public Media partner stations, as well as by media outlets that pay for access to Harvest Public Media's work. In the future, we hope to also incorporate funding contributions from underwriters and individuals.

 

FULL PARTNER STATIONS

KCUR in Kansas City (lead station); Iowa Public Radio; NET, which operates public TV and radio networks statewide in Nebraska; KBIA in Columbia, Mo.; Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Ill.; and KUNC in Greeley, Colo.

 

ASSOCIATE PARTNERS

High Plains Public Radio/KANZ in Garden City, Kan.; Kansas Public Radio/KANU in Lawrence; WFIU/Earth Eats in Bloomington, Ind.; WUIS in Springfield, Ill.; and KRCU in Cape Girardeau, Mo.

 

Learn more about our partners.

 

CONTACT

By email: editor@harvestpublicmedia.org

By phone: 816-235-2828

By fax: 816-235-2865

By mail: c/o KCUR

4825 Troost, Suite 202

Kansas City, MO 64110

 

Click here to learn about jobs at Harvest Public Media. 

 

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