“Inspiration” by Rita Blitt sculpture in Leawood. Photo credit Nikki Lansford.
Hi there! I'm Leah Wankum, and I'm the Post's Deputy Editor. I'm a native of mid-Missouri, and attended high school in Jefferson City before going on to the University of Central Missouri, where I earned a master's degree in mass communication.
Prior to joining the Post as a reporter in 2018, I was the editor of the Richmond News in Ray County, Missouri. I've also written for Startland News, the Sedalia Democrat and KC Magazine.
I'm thrilled to call Johnson County home and have started my family here — and I'm deeply committed to the Post's philosophy that an informed community is a strong community.
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