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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Crowds watch as KU's McCollum Hall implodes Wednesday, Nov. 25

Lawrence High School students representing their winter sports from left are, diver Izaiah Bowie, sr., girls basketball senior Alexis Boyd, senior wrestler Alan Clothier and senior boys basketball player Justin Roberts.

Rick Doll is pictured in 2010 after his first year as superintendent of the Lawrence school district. Doll announced his resignation, effective at the end of this school year, at Monday's school board meeting.

Bill Lacy, director of the Dole Institute, left, is greeted by former member of the Kansas House of Representatives, Jim Slattery, center. At right is former Kansas governor John Carlin. All were part of a VIP gathering waiting to greet President Bill Clinton at the Lied Center prior to Clinton's speech Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Clinton was honored with the 2015 Dole Leadership Prize at the event, which was held by the Dole Institute of Politics.

A crowd gathers inside the Lied Center to hear a speech by former President Bill Clinton at the Lied Center Monday, Nov. 23, 2015. Clinton was honored with the 2015 Dole Leadership Prize at the event, which was held by the Dole Institute of Politics.

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