My name is Melissa Yeager and I’m a two-time Emmy award winning journalist originally from the Midwest. A graduate of the University of Kansas’ William Allen White School of Journalism, I spent 15 years as an on-air television news reporter at stations across the United States. Those include WIBW-TV (Topeka, Kan.), KHBS/KHOG (Fort Smith, Ark.), KYTV (Springfield, Mo.), WINK-TV (Fort Myers, Fla.) and the investigative team at KSHB-TV in my hometown of Kansas City.
I have received several press awards over my career including six regional Emmy nominations, two regional Emmy awards, and a regional Edward R. Murrow award in Investigative Reporting. I was also part of the first investigative team in Kansas City to be awarded Columbia University’s prestigious Alfred I. Dupont award.
In 2017, I earned my master’s in International Media from American University in Washington, D.C. and after graduation was awarded the Robert Bosch fellowship which brings American professionals to Germany for 11-months to learn German and work in German institutions. During my time in Germany, I was placed with German nonprofit news organization Correctiv as well as with the press freedom advocacy organization Reporters Ohne Grenzen (Reporters Without Borders). My transatlantic research topics included researching the current state of misinformation/disinformation in media and the impact of possible regulation of social media platforms on press freedom.
I’m now returning to the United States to continue to write about our community. I hope this site will be a place where I can shed a little light behind the scenes on how I do my reporting as well as highlight what I think quality journalism should look like.
We’re experiencing something I call “communications pollution” in our media today. It’s hard to figure out what’s real and what’s sensationalized or simply not true at all. But I think if people understood how news organizations made their decisions, they might know better who to trust. I hope by being transparent about my reporting decisions, you will understand how I research my reports and trust what I write.
I encourage you to reach out to me if you have questions or if there are people you think I should be talking to on the stories you read about on this site. You can do so on the “Contact Me” part of this site or through Facebook. I also welcome people of all political views points on this site and I want us to have thoughtful discussion here about the problems facing our planet. We may not always agree, but I hope to always be seen as fair.
I also hope that you will help me keep this a place where we treat people with dignity and respect–even if we disagree. This isn’t censorship. This is just having good manners.
Thanks for reading all the way to this point. I know your time is precious so I hope you find this site a worthy place to invest it.