About us

Dear readers,

For more than 89 years, Northeast News has served as the independent voice of Historic Northeast Kansas City.

“We plan to continue our tradition of advocating for the Historic Northeast community,” Publisher Michael Bushnell said. “We are full of excitement moving in to the New Year.”

Northeast News dates back to 1932, founded during the Great Depression.

During WWII, news of area soldiers fighting in both the European and Pacific theaters of the war filled the pages of Northeast News.

In 1956, Tom Patton and Leron Hill purchased the paper and continued to produce community news for the Northeast community. Then, in 1976, Terry and Mary Brock purchased Northeast News and relocated it from St. John Avenue to 6612 Independence Ave. Later, it moved back to the 4600 block of St. John Avenue.

Under the Brocks, the business expanded by adding typesetting services, partnering with a local print shop to provide printing services.

During the 1980s and 1990s, the newspaper became a local shopper circular with little coverage given to community news.

In 1998, Bushnell and his wife, Chris Adams, purchased the paper with the goal of steering it back to the quality news source it had once been.

The newspaper office relocated to 5715 St. John Ave. in 2001 and still operates there today.

As a member of the Missouri Press Association, the paper has won a number of awards for excellence in Journalism, photography, page design and general excellence in news reporting.

Along with staff and ownership changes over its 76 years, the newspaper has seen technological shifts with the times. In 2005, the Northeast News website was launched at www.northeastnews.net. To keep up with the social networking trend, Northeast News created a Facebook page (Kansas City’s Northeast News) and can be followed on Twitter at NortheastNewsKC.

The Northeast News staff thanks the community for embracing the independent publication for 76 years and looks forward to many more.

Thank you for reading,

Publisher Michael Bushnell

Staff Biographies

Abby HooverManaging Editor

Abby graduated with a BA in Mass Communications and Journalism, from Kansas State University in 2017. She interned at the Northeast News for the summer of 2017 and was Interim Managing Editor in the fall of 2019 before moving to Hudson, NY, where she was the City Reporter for Columbia-Green Media’s Register-Star and Daily Mail. 

She returned to Kansas City and The Northeast News amid the pandemic in June of 2020 and purchased a home in North Indian Mound with her husband, Tucker. She enjoys exploring the nearby Mexican restaurants, which stirs memories of eating her great grandmother’s homemade tortillas at her home in Northeast. She loves listening to her neighbors tell stories and when she’s not reporting, you can usually find her walking along Cliff Drive or drinking coffee at a nearby café.

Dorri Partain – Customer Service

A graduate of Central Missouri State University, Dorri wrote a freelance feature column for the Northeast News from 1998 to 2006 and joined the news staff in 2016. Dorri moved to the Northeast in 1986 and loves all the parks, especially the Indian Mound and Cliff Drive. She has two sons and three cats. Dorri also has an extensive collection of matchbooks.

Bryan Stalder – Creative Director

Bryan grew up in Northeast. He and his wife have been raising their children in the Indian Mound Neighborhood since 2003. He served on the Indian Mound Neighborhood Association board from 2011-2019. 

Bryan began drawing editorial cartoons for the Northeast News in 2008 and took over the Creative/Art Director role in 2017. His rebranding of the newspaper and his ad designs have garnered numerous top awards in the state of Missouri.

Bryan supports the small businesses in Northeast by shopping and dining local as much as possible, and his favorite thing about Northeast is all the creative talent that exists here.

Krystin MillerAdvertising

Krystin attended the University of Missouri-Columbia to pursue a degree in Journalism for a few years right out of High School before transferring to Western Governors University – Missouri where she graduated with a BA in Business Management.

She is a wife and mother to one little girl. She grew up in Independence, MO and currently lives in Lee’s Summit. She took on the Marketing Specialist role at the news in November of 2019 and instantly fell in love with the diversity and community feel of the Northeast. 

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