There are many ways to celebrate Fourth of July 2023 in Johnson County, from family-friendly events like VillageFest to fireworks displays. Above, kids play with bubbles at VillageFest 2022. File photo.
Hi there! I'm Leah Wankum, and I'm the Post's Deputy Editor.
I'm thrilled to call Johnson County home, and I'm deeply committed to the Post's philosophy that an informed community is a strong community.
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A bit about me and my background:
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 several publications, including the Sedalia Democrat and KC Magazine.