KPA Staff and Consultants

The staff and consultants at KPA are here to serve you.

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Doug Anstaett

Executive Director -- Email

Doug Anstaett, KPA’s executive director, is a native Kansan and graduated from Kansas State University in 1973 with a B.S. degree in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Amy Blaufelder

Accountant -- Email

Amy Blaufelder is the accountant for the Kansas Press Association. She joined the KPA team in August of 2010. She also works as the bookkeeper for her family-owned businesses.

Emily Bradbury

Director of Member Services  -- Email

Emily Bradbury, KPA’s member services director, grew up in Haysville, a suburb of Wichita. She graduated from Washburn University in 2000 with a B.S. degree in History. After graduation, Emily spent two years as the executive assistant to former Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh. It was there that Emily became involved with the Kids Voting Kansas program. 

Richard Gannon

Director of Governmental Affairs -- Email

Richard Gannon was born and raised on a family farm southwest of Goodland. The farm was homesteaded by Richard’s great grandparents in 1885 and is still operated by the family today.

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Amber Jackson

Advertising Director -- Email

Amber Jackson is the advertising director for the Kansas Press Association.

Jackson was born in California but was raised on a farm near Augusta.

Lori Jackson

Advertising Administrative Assistant -- Email

Lori Jackson, advertising administrative assistant, joined the Kansas Press Association in September 2010. She has worked as an Administrative Assistant for the past 12 years in healthcare and government contracting.

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Nick Schwien

Technology Consultant -- Email

Nick Schwien, managing editor of The Hays Daily News, is the technology consultant for the Kansas Press Association.

Tom Eblen (at right)

Tom Eblen

News Consultant -- Email

In addition to developing editorial-related training workshops, Tom conducts Community Newspaper Tune-ups by request at member newspapers to give staff members direct feedback on their products and ideas for improvements.

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Mike Kautsch

Media Law Consultant -- Email

Mike is called on to help KPA with media law issues. He provided game-changing assistance to KPA to get the shield law passed in 2010. He joins Mike Merriam in the "Mike & Mike Show," an educational workshop — designed for both journalists and local government officials — that focuses on open meeting and open records issues.

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Mike Merriam

Legal Hotline Attorney -- Email

Mike is a media attorney in private practice. He works in Topeka and serves as the attorney for KPA’s Legal Hotline. Initial telephone inquiries on matters involving libel, public notice, open records and open meetings are free to KPA member newspapers.