Mike Yoder (Chief Photographer)

I grew up in Kansas City, MO, where I attended Grandview High School.

I received a bachelor's degree in communication from Goshen College, IN. in 1978. Since I had earned an FCC radio license in school and spun actual records for a late night radio music show I initially considered a radio career. Instead, a photo internship at the Elkhart Truth newspaper in Elkhart, IN. convinced me to pursue a career in photojournalism. I choose Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, David Letterman's alma mater. Prior to completing my master's degree in journalism however, my first wife and I formed a bluegrass band and with 2 other musicians and toured Europe for six weeks with a folk dance troupe. In 1983 I received my degree and with a portfolio of photographs in hand I started looking for a job. Several months later I was offered a staff photography position at the Journal-World.

In my spare time I play guitar and sing with two area acoustic bands, The Alferd Packer Memorial String Band and Three Bean Salad. With the two bands I've recorded six albums of music and traveled extensively throughout the state to perform. I've even been know to write songs for the bands from time to time and managed to win a couple first place songwriting awards at the annual Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, KS. You can sometimes find my on long-distant bicycle rides. I've done the Bike Across Kansas two times, a four-day bike ride through the Black Hills of South Dakota twice and a recent Cottonwood 200 spin through the Flint Hills. In 2008 I married Karen Seibel, a long-time Lawrence resident and local yoga instructor. We live in an 1880's house in Old East Lawrence and have been re-modeling and slowly bringing the house back to shape. We have three cats, two cars, one screened porch and tons of books. We enjoy traveling and then creating books from our trips. Currently we have self-published books on trips to South Dakota, the Sandhill Crane country in Nebraska and the hot springs area of New Mexico. In 2007 I published a book celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Vinland Fair in Douglas County after spending nearly 25 years documenting the community event.

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From left, Peter Kleinhenz, from Southern Oregon University, Ashland, Oregon, holding a rough green snake and Stephen Ressel, College of the Atlantic, Bar Harbor, Maine, holding a king snake, visit at a Kansas non-venomous reptile and amphibian species live animal exhibition Thursday, July 30, 2015 at the Oread Hotel. The exhibition is part of the activities of an international herpetology conference in Lawrence that kicked off Thursday and involves about 600 herpetologist educators and students in seminars, multimedia presentations, educational public events and the live animal exhibition.

Lawrence artist and community arts educator Lora Jost has created several public art projects in Lawrence and continues to create theme-based mixed-media pieces. Jost holds a mosaic from her series Sound the Climate Alarm.

Eighty-pound EmmaKate Lang, 10, a Palmyra 4-H Club member, leads her 1460 pound steer Hank around the livestock pen at the Douglas County Fair Thursday July 30, 2015. Lang, followed by her father Brian Lang, Baldwin City, was practicing for Friday's market beef competition.

Cousins Gunner Robson, 2, left, and Kamden Robson, 3, both of Lawrence, experience their first ride on a roller-coaster Wednesday at the Douglas County Fair.

Fair attendees sample food prepared by chefs at the Chefs Challenge at the Douglas County Fair Wednesday. Three Lawrence chefs showcased a unique but easy-to-follow way of preparing the featured locally grown vegetable, eggplant. Chefs include Brad Brown, Bird Dog Bar at The Oread; Simon Bates, The Burger Stand at the Casbah; and Vaughn Good, Hank Charcuterie.

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