Sarah Kessinger is editor of The Marysville Advocate, a weekly covering Marshall County in the northern Flint Hills of Kansas.
Raised in a newspaper family, she studied journalism and Spanish at Kansas State University, receiving a bachelor’s degree in 1987. She earned a master’s degree in Latin American studies from the University of Kansas in 1989 and has worked in newsrooms ever since.
Kessinger was an education beat reporter and assistant managing editor at the Garden City Telegram from 1989 to 1994. She launched the paper’s bilingual weekly, La Semana en el Suroeste de Kansas, serving the community’s new immigrant residents.
In 1994, she became a deputy metro editor at The Monitor in McAllen, Texas. In 1997, she moved to Topeka to join the Harris News Service staff as a statehouse reporter, covering the Legislature and state for the Harris Group’s seven Kansas newspapers.
Kessinger returned to Marysville in 2007 to work as editor of her parents’ newspaper and they subsequently bought the newspaper from her parents.
She and her husband, Peter Muraski, a facilitator for the gifted program in Marysville and Valley Heights schools, have two children, Paul, a University of Kansas student, and Sophie, a high school senior.