Meet our Staff


Devin Albertson

Devin Albertson, Videographer and News Reporter

Devin Albertson, Videographer and News Reporter

Devin Albertson first became apart of the Nodaway News Leader in March to be the videographer of Leader Live Action internet television broadcast station and as a news reporter.


This spring, Albertson will be broadcasting Maryville Spoofhound soccer and baseball games, as well as covering other local high school baseball teams. There will be other events with Leader Live Action coverage including the Experience Prom 2015 event at Northeast Nodaway on April 25 and the Nodaway-Holt commencement in May. This fall, Albertson will be doing play-by-play broadcasting for prep football for several of the teams.


A Graham native, Albertson graduated from Nodaway-Holt High School in 2014 and is currently a freshman at Northwest Missouri State University. Majoring in sports media, he is an avid sports fan, especially football, basketball and baseball. When he is not following a sport, he is with friends, family or simply waiting for the next sporting event.


In addition to his the Leader Live Action videography position at the NNL, he also covers two news beats: Burlington Jct. City Council and North Nodaway school board. He also provides live video coverage of all Maryville City Council meetings as well as other news events.


Contact Devin: or 816.341.1022


Lisa Dalton

Lisa Dalton, Advertising Manager

Lisa Dalton, Advertising Manager

Lisa Dalton is the advertising manager.  She started at the Nodaway News Leader on day 1, March 4, 1996. There are many duties that Lisa completes at the NNL. She creates marketing campaigns for clients, internet advertising, subscription data and also does the day-to-day bookkeeping duties for the company.


She has been in the advertising field for over 30 years. Lisa was an advertising representative for the Penny Press before starting at the NNL.


“I really enjoy my job here at the Nodaway News Leader. I have formed good friendships with a lot of my clients and have seen a lot of changes over the years. I feel very fortunate to love coming to work every day and I have the best group of clients and co-workers to spend my days with,” said Lisa.


Lisa is a native of the Maryville area and now resides in Bedford, IA, with her husband of  over 30 years. They have three grown children and five grandchildren. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her grandchildren.


Contact Lisa:, 660.562.4747 or 660.562.4421.


Christina Rice

Christina Rice, News Reporter

Christina Rice, News Reporter


Christina is a general news reporter covering a variety of school boards, meetings, events and activities in Nodaway County.


She grew up on a farm outside of Skidmore and attended West Nodaway R-I where she reported for the school newspaper. She has a bachelors of science from Kansas State University with an elementary education degree, a minor in animal science and an area of concentration in Spanish.


“I am very excited to begin this next adventure in my life. I am inquisitive. I love meeting new people and doing new things. I love being a part of the community and I look forward to becoming more involved,” said Rice.


Christina and her husband, Nate, live in Maryville. In her spare time she enjoys riding motorcycles with her husband and snow-skiing, Rice and her husband are officers in the Maryville’s Christian Motorcycle Association Chapter called Crosswinds. She spent a year in Colorado teaching snow skiing to children after graduating from Kansas State University.


Christina also loves to travel and has been to six other countries and three other continents. She hopes to one day visit every continent.


She can be reached at


Kathryn Rice

Kathryn Rice, News Reporter

Kathryn Rice, News Reporter

Kathryn Rice joined the Nodaway News Leader in July 2013, as a reporter. A transplant, who has lived in Maryville for 35 years, Rice now considers Maryville to be her hometown. Rice has a bachelors of science from the University of Central Missouri with a mass communications journalism degree. She brings 25 years of small business experience and community involvement to the NNL team.


“I am thrilled to be a part of the NNL staff,” said Rice. “This opportunity to use my degree and get to know the people, places and events of Nodaway County is a wonderful utilization of my curiosity and zest for knowledge.” She is gathering and writing news articles; covering school boards, news and calendars; meetings and other activities of Nodaway County. She is always ready with her camera, as that is one of her many interests.


Rice and her husband, Lewis, have three grown children and three grandchildren. In her spare time, she spends time with the grandchildren, her children and other family, snaps photos, rides motorcycles, reads, watches movies and is a member of the Maryville Pride Lions. She works the Northwest basketball concession stand as a Pride Lions fundraiser and admires the many local, national and international causes the Lions support.


She is president of Local 26, Freedom of Road Riders, which is a motorcycle rights organization. In 2013, she rode over 6,000 miles on her motorcycle, which is her second highest yearly mileage total in the 18 years that she has been riding. She has a recommended second degree black belt in Hapkido.


She considers the Maryville Spoofhounds, the Northwest Bearcats, the Kansas City Chiefs and the St. Joseph Mustangs baseball to be her teams and rejoices when they do well and commiserates when they don’t.


Contact Kathryn: 660.562.4747, or on twitter @Kathsmagic.


MaryFran Stransky

Mary Fran Stransky, Typist

Mary Fran Stransky, Typist


MaryFran Stransky began working at the Nodaway News Leader in the spring of 1998 as the proofreader, and when she moved to South Dakota in 2004, she continued to work for the paper remotely as the typist.


Originally from Shenandoah, IA, she graduated from high school in Hobart, OK, and then received a bachelor of science degree in psychology/sociology from Southeastern Oklahoma State University in Durant, OK.


She and her husband, Tim, currently own the Maxam House Bed and Breakfast in Princeton, IN, and divide their time between it and Sheridan, WY, where Tim is the executive director of the Sheridan College Foundation.


They have two daughters; Erin, 28, is a manager for Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and is based out of Australia, and Megan, 25, is a second grade teacher at Sagebrush Elementary School in Sheridan, WY.


Tiffany Whipple

Tiffany Whipple, Advertising Representative & Ad Design

Tiffany Whipple joined the Nodaway News Leader in 2005 and is responsible for advertising design, writing the “This Week in History” column, website maintenance and representing businesses with their marketing campaigns.


She graduated from Maryville High School in 1998 and received her bachelor of science degree in business management from Northwest Missouri State University in 2002. Later in 2008, she completed her marketing degree and recently earned a master’s degree in instructional education, all from Northwest.


Tiffany currently resides in Hopkins with her family. She loves to read, take long walks and spend time with her family.


Contact Tiffany:, call 660.562.4747 or 660.562.0516.



Kay Wilson

Kay Wilson, Owner/Publisher

Kay Wilson, Owner/Publisher

Kay Wilson has had newspapering as her career field for all of her working life.


The Nodaway County native began her career at Northwest Missouri State University on the Northwest Missourian staff as a reporter and then for four semesters as the campus newspaper’s advertising manager. After graduation with a bachelor of science in English-journalism, Wilson began work in 1977 at The Hopkins Journal, Nodaway County’s oldest weekly newspaper, as the advertising manager.


She was also the editor and sales manager of a monthly trade journal, Hereford Highlights, at the Penny Press Shopper as an advertising representative and advertising manager. Leaving the shopper experience, Wilson began at the Maryville Daily Forum as the advertising manager, then publisher.


Then in March 1996, she started a new weekly newspaper, Nodaway News Leader, which covers Nodaway County’s government entities and school news, including elementary and secondary levels, and currently has a subscription list of over 3,300.


Wilson, along with her husband, Norman, live on the family farm near Pumpkin Center. They have raised two sons. Matt, who holds a doctorate from University of Washington, Seattle, for the 2013-14 academic year was a visiting assistant professor in the Graduate School of Design, department of landscape architecture/urban planning and design at Harvard University, Boston, MA and is now teaching as an assistant professor of geography at University of Kentucky, Lexington. Dallas completed his bachelor of science at Northwest Missouri State University and is employed by the Missouri Department of Corrections.


Contact Kay: 660.562.8635;



 Jacki Wood

Jacki Wood, News Reporter

Jacki Wood, News Reporter

Alfred, Lord Tennyson said: “I am a part of all that I have met.”


Like Tennyson, reporter Jacki (Eckerson) Wood feels like she’s a part of all that she’s met. Sharing their stories — and a few of her own — is what she enjoys most about working at the Nodaway News Leader.


 Jacki grew up in Maryville and graduated from Maryville High School in 1993.


After attending Brigham Young University in Provo, UT, and living in Los Angeles for a few years, she decided to return home to Missouri to raise her family. She and her husband have two children and live in Sweet Springs.


Jacki joined the NNL in 2006, and in addition to writing feature stories, she also writes the occasional column, “That they might have joy,” and a road trip column, “Wandering Alongside the Woods.” 


She earned a BA in English from BYU and a BS in journalism from Northwest Missouri State University.


An avid sports fan, especially college football and basketball, Jacki also enjoys keeping up with her BYU Cougars, laughing, snow, reading, Red Vines, mountains, road trips and spending time with her family.


Contact Jacki:, 660-562-4747 or on twitter at @jackijwood.



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