Meet our Staff

 Brent Barnett



Brent Barnett first became apart of the Nodaway News Leader in August of 2013 as an intern to help develop and run the new Leader Live Action video program. That fall, Barnett gave play-by-play coverage of Maryville Spoofhound football games, as well as weekly coaches shows with the head coach of the Maryville football team.


A Burlington Jct. native, Barnett graduated from West Nodaway High School in 2011 and is currently in his senior year at Northwest Missouri State University. Majoring in mass media with an emphasis in sports media, he has extensive broadcasting experience which include play-by-play broadcasting of Bearcat football, basketball, baseball, and softball games. He has broadcasted the Northwest Missourii State Bearcat Fall Classic at Arrowhead for KZLX and has also broadcasted six Bearcat basketball games for the Bearcat Radio Network. He currently serves as a student manager for KXCV-KRNW public radio on the Northwest campus and has interned with KMA Broadcasting in Shenandoah, IA. This coming fall 2014, Barnett will be the football sideline reporter for the Bearcat Radio Network.


Barnett was hired part-time to the NNL in January 2014 as a videographer and a reporter. He covers three news beats: Burlington Jct. City Council, Barnard City Council and North Nodaway Board of Education. He also provides video coverage of all Maryville City Council meetings as well as other news events.


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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.



Dustin Henggeler

Dustin Henggeler, Sports/News Report

Dustin is a Maryville native who graduated from Maryville High School in 2005. Later graduating from Northwest Missouri State University with a bachelor of science in English and a writing minor, Dustin was hired part-time at the Nodaway News Leader in 2008 as a sports reporter and photographer.


Moving to full-time in 2011, Dustin added feature stories, school boards and city councils to his weekly lineup as well as his occasional column, “Calling the Shots.” Dustin also has the weekly duty of page layout where he helps put the Nodaway News Leader’s finished product together.


Married to Miranda Money, a 2004 West Nodaway graduate, Dustin and Miranda have recently been blessed with an addition to their family: Isabelle Marie Henggeler. The three reside in Maryville, the town that will always be home to Dustin.


Dustin was awarded the Missouri Press Association Outstanding Young Journalist of 2010 award.


Contact Dustin: 660.562.4747 or



Cathy Palmer 

Cathy Palmer, Proofreader

Cathy Palmer, proofreader for the Nodaway News Leader, is a Maryville native with a fondness for words – printed, spoken or electronic. She joined the NNL team in April, 2013.


With a diploma from Maryville R-II High School, Palmer graduated from Northwest Missouri State University with a bachelor of science in social science and library science.


Through her work in the Special Collection and Archives at Owens Library, she later added a masters of art in history from Northwest, with certification in museum collections care from the Heritage League of Kansas City, in conjunction with University of Missouri Kansas City.


Palmer enjoys oral history of the Northwest Missouri area, and was involved in the World War II era oral history project through the Nodaway County Historical Society Museum and supported by a grant from the Missouri Humanities Council.



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.



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, Publisher/Owner

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 and for the 2013-14 academic year will be a visiting assistant professor in the Graduate School of Design, department of landscape architecture/urban planning and design at Harvard University, Boston, MA and Dallas, who 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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