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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.

Recent stories

Behind the Lens: Is a broken camera worth repairing?
August 3, 2014
You basically have two choices for repairing a camera: mail the broken equipment to the manufacturer or start shopping for a replacement.
Vinland volunteers preserve library as it was in 1900
July 27, 2014
While Lawrence celebrates the $18 million renovation of its public library, residents of the small village of Vinland, 12 miles southeast of Lawrence, are working to keep their one-room library intact and unchanged. The Coal Creek Library Association was founded in November 1859 when a group of neighbors sent $10 to Philadelphia, Penn., for books. For the next 41 years the collection was housed in the homes of early Vinland librarians. In 1900 a library building was constructed on a lot purchased for $10. By Mike Yoder
Behind the Lens: Turn your camera into a time machine
July 20, 2014
Time-lapse photography consists of making a series of still or video images of a subject at variable times and over an extended period. When you combine the images later in a linear format and view them back at a faster speed, the passage of time is compressed.
Behind the Lens: Why iPhones are better than cameras
July 6, 2014
As the quality of smartphone camera images improves, there are more reasons to reach for an iPhone instead of a DSLR to take photos.
Behind the Lens: How to avoid photography overload
June 1, 2014
I’m pretty sure there will come a time when we will wear devices that capture a visual record of our every waking moment.
Behind the Lens: Avoid being fenced in with this trick
May 18, 2014
My wife and I recently visited the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, Wis., where we saw large, long-legged and long-necked birds like the Grey Crowned Crane of Africa or the White-Naped Crane of Asia.
Behind the Lens: Photography from another dimension
May 4, 2014
Over 140 years before the 3-D movie “Avatar” played in area theaters, 3-D had already reached Lawrence.
Behind the Lens: A picture can be worth more than words
April 20, 2014
Did you know that the difference between apologizing to your spouse and owning a photograph of Fats Domino is $189?
Behind the Lens: Bringing a constructive approach to photos
April 6, 2014
I often tell people about my reliance on visual devices and creative techniques in constructing my photographs. And, yes, for me, creating a photograph is like a construction site.
Behind the Lens: The history of the selfie
March 16, 2014
Last year was the year of the selfie. Oxford Dictionaries even selected it as their word of the year for 2013. It’s so new that my computer tells me I’m spelling it wrong.

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Recent photos

Three generations of a Lawrence family will participate in the Kansas State Fiddling & Picking Championships on Sunday in Lawrence. From left, performing the traditional fiddle tune "Old Joe Clark," are Lilly Mason; her father, Steve Mason; and Steve's grandchildren, Arlo Paden, 9, and, Oscar Paden, 5. The musicians were playing Wednesday in South Park, the location for Sunday's event. New this year at the event will be a music jam for children at 3 p.m. in the kids' tent.

City Hall employees take the Ice Bucket Challenge Tuesday afternoon, August 19, in support of ALS awareness. Getting drenched by a front-loader bucket full of water, from left are Megan Gilliland, city communication manager, Casey Toomay, asst. city manager and her daughter Ryan, 6, city manager, Dave Corliss and asst. director of planning and development services, Kurt Schroeder.

Lawrence High running back J.D. Woods participates in the first day of fall practice Monday, August 18, 2014 at LHS.

Lawrence High volleyball coach Stephanie Magnuson introduces the coaching staff at freshman tryouts Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, on the first day of fall sports practices.

Firefighters battled a two-alarm house fire Sunday morning in North Lawrence. The call was dispatched at 12:51 a.m. to the 800 block of Lincoln Street. No injuries were reported. A search of the house found that no one was home at the time of the fire.

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