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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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.

Chef Simon Bates of the Burger Stand at the Casbah delivers his eggplant and lamb meatloaf to the judges during the Chefs Challenge on Wednesday at the Douglas County Fair. Bates won the contest that also featured eggplant dishes made by chefs Brad Brown of Bird Dog Bar at The Oread and Vaughn Good of Hank Charcuterie.

Chloe Neufeld, a Palmyra 4-H Club member poses with her goat Phil at the Douglas County Fair Wednesday, July 29, 2015.

It was tight quarters for Kara Bradley, 16, and Eudora 4-H Club member Alexis Leonard, 15, as the two sat with Leonard's cow Ace, who was pushing into Leonard for some attention Wednesday in the cattle barn at the Douglas County Fair. Leonard competes with Ace Friday in the 4-H beef show.

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