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 Kansas coach Bill Self, Ronnie Chalmers, father of Mario Chalmers and Mario's sister Roneka Chalmers attend the Annual Mario V. Chalmers Foundation Golf Tournament Monday at Alvamar Country Club.

Ray Petty, Kansas coordinator of the Great Plains ADA Center, speaks at an Americans with Disabilities Act 25th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday at the Lawrence Public Library.

Lawrence High School athlete Jacob Rajewski (12) a member of the Kansas Cagers and one of 5 LHS players on the team competes in action Thursday during the Sunflower Showcase at the Sports Pavilion Lawrence.

Lawrence High School athlete Trey Quartlebaum (2) a member of the Kansas Cagers and one of 5 LHS players on the team competes in action Thursday during the Sunflower Showcase at the Sports Pavilion Lawrence.

Andrew Pupanek, Altoona, left, and Justin Chard, Humboldt, stand outside the U.S. Airforce and Marine Corps recruiting center offices at 23rd and Louisiana Wednesday, July 22, armed with their AR-15 rifles. They drove to Lawrence to show their support and offer protection for the recruiting center in response to last weeks killings at a recruitment center in Chattanooga, TN.

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