Membership and Communications Manager
Kelsey Ryanis LION’s membership and communications manager. She’s also the founder/publisher of The Beacon, a nonprofit news organization in Kansas City, Missouri, focused on in-depth, regional public interest journalism. The Beacon is also a LION member. While working to launch The Beacon, Kelsey worked full-time as the outreach manager for the National Freedom of Information Coalition, a nonprofit alliance of state coalitions promoting free press, litigation and legislative reforms to ensure transparency in state and local governments. Previously, Kelsey worked as a data and investigative reporter at The Kansas City Star, where her team was a finalist for thePulitzer Prize, and before that, a data journalist at The Wichita Eagle and an education reporter at The Joplin Globe. Kelsey is on the board of directors for the Kansas Sunshine Coalition for Open Government, a member of Investigative Reporters and Editors (IRE), and part of the 2020 cohort of theOnline News Association’s Women Leadership Accelerator. She frequently lectures at universities across Kansas and Missouri.