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Kelsey Ryan

Kelsey Ryan is an investigative journalist based in Kansas City. Most recently, she worked at The Kansas City Star focusing on data-driven stories in the public interest. She was on The Star’s investigative team that was named a 2018 Pulitzer Prize finalist in Public Service for its series on government transparency in Kansas.

Ryan began her career at The Joplin (Mo.) Globe a day after an EF-5 tornado destroyed one-third of the city. She later worked at The Wichita (Kan.) Eagle, covering health care and later covering city government and investigations.

She currently serves as an outreach manager for the National Freedom of Information Coalition, a nonpartisan, nonprofit journalism organization that advocates for government transparency and press freedom.

Ryan grew up in Newton, Kan., and graduated from Emporia State University with a degree in political science. She was editor of her college paper, The Bulletin, for two years and led it to win statewide awards. She interned at the Student Press Law Center in Washington, D.C.

She’s received fellowships from Investigative Reporters & Editors, the Association for Health Care Journalists, and the National Press Foundation. She is a member of Investigative Reporters & Editors, a board member on the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, and frequently lectures at universities across Kansas and Missouri.

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