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Ann Gardner (Editorial page editor)

I'm a native Kansan, raised in Wichita and McPherson, before coming to Lawrence to attend Kansas University. After completing my journalism degree, I worked at the Parsons Sun for about a year and a half but when the Journal-World offered me the chance to come back to Lawrence, it was sort of a no-brainer to make the move.

After stints as a reporter, features editor and the Sunday editor (working 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. every Saturday for six years did wonders for my social life), I took over as editorial page editor in 1987. In that job, I get to pick columns and cartoons, review letters to the editor and write editorials. When the World Company moved into the News Center in 2001, I took on the additional title of multimedia managing editor for two years, helping facilitate the merging of the company's online, print and television news staffs.

Working on a newspaper was the job I wanted since I was a kid, so I'm lucky to get to work in my field in a great place like Lawrence. I've liked all of my jobs at the World Company, but working on the editorial page gives me a chance to be involved in the community in a special way, helping other people express their opinions and offering some of my own from time to time.

That connection with the community has opened up a lot of volunteer opportunities over the years. Among other volunteer jobs, I've served as the board chair and drive chair for United Way of Douglas County, board chair of the Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, chair of Leadership Lawrence and currently serve on boards of the Friends of the Lied and the Douglas County Historical Society. I'm a Leadership Kansas graduate and have been fortunate to be a regular recipient of editorial writing and editing awards from the Kansas Press Association, Kansas Professional Communicators and the Suburban Newspaper Association. In 2006, I also the Inland Press Association's first place award for Editorial Excellence.

Free time is a precious commodity, but when I get a chance, I like to garden, travel and hang out with family and friends. My husband, Tom Gleason, is another KU journalism major who was smart enough to go on to law school. Tom's son, Chris, also lives in Lawrence. And thanks to the Lawrence Humane Society, we also pal around with our 17-pound (he's not fat, just big-boned) Maine Coon cat, Arthur, and the sweetest dog anywhere, Adelaide, who's mostly Australian shepherd, but we think there's some St. Bernard in there somewhere!

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