Jim Perry is the publisher of the Sedalia Democrat and the Warrensburg Star-Journal, overseeing the papers' operations. He joined the Democrat staff in June 2022. Perry has a long history with Phillips Media Group, the Democrat's parent company, and was the publisher of the Harrison (Arkansas) Daily Times from 2015 to 2021. During that time, he also became the publisher of other Phillips publications, including the West Plains Daily Quill, Baxter Bulletin, and Newton County Times. Perry served as the Phillips Media special projects manager and worked with several Phillips newspapers, including the NEMO Trader, Kirksville Daily Express and Crier.
He has spent most of his career serving as the publisher of community newspapers in Arkansas, Missouri and Florida for Phillips and in Gainesville, Texas, for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. He has also served as an advertising director and editor.
Nicole Cooke is the editor for the Sedalia Democrat, overseeing all newsroom operations and assisting with news coverage of Sedalia and Pettis County. Nicole started as the Education Reporter in August 2013, switching to the city beat in May 2014. She was named editor in July 2017. She also became the editor of the Warrensburg Star-Journal when the Democrat purchased the weekly newspaper in 2020.
Bryan Everson is the sports editor for the Sedalia Democrat, covering games and sports features in Sedalia and Pettis County and surrounding areas. Bryan has been with the Democrat since October 2021. He worked for the Democrat as a sports reporter in 2017-18 before becoming the sports editor at another Phillips Media Group paper, the Marshfield Mail.
Arts and Entertainment Reporter
Faith Bemiss is a reporter for the Sedalia Democrat, covering general assignment, art, food, entertainment and religion stories. Faith also handles the Democrat's community calendar and announcements. She has been with the Democrat since July 2013, but prior to being a full-time reporter she spent 16 years as a freelance writer for the paper.
Chris Howell is the city reporter for the Sedalia Democrat, covering local government, business and various city departments. He also assists with community event and feature coverage. Chris has been with the Democrat since February 2021.
Education and County Reporter
Skye Melcher is the education and Pettis County government reporter for the Democrat, covering all things education in Sedalia and Pettis County, as well as providing general assignment and feature coverage. She joined the Democrat newsroom in May 2021 as a news intern and was named a part-time reporter in August 2021. In October 2021, she took on a full-time role in the newsroom.
Customer Service Manager
Nikki Monsees is the Customer Service Manager for the Sedalia Democrat. Nikki had been a Classified Advertising Advisor for seven years, and rejoined the Democrat in January 2013, assisting businesses in East Sedalia with their advertising needs. In October 2014, Nikki joined the Circulation Department as the department manager and most recently combined Circulation and Classifieds departments. She also oversees customer service for the Warrensburg Star-Journal, which the Democrat purchased in 2020. She will be happy to assist customers with any needs or concerns regarding newspaper delivery or classified ads.
Linda Gosnell has been with the Sedalia Democrat since July 1971 and began also working for the Warrensburg Star-Journal when the Democrat took over ownership in 2020. Contact Linda for any circulation concerns regarding your subscription or to place your classified ad.
Customer Service Clerk
Celeste Forsman has been with the Democrat since October 2018 and began also working for the Warrensburg Star-Journal when the Democrat took over ownership in 2020. Contact Celeste for any circulation concerns regarding your subscription or to place your classified ad.
Tom Martin is a sales consultant for the Sedalia Democrat and the Plainsman. Tom has worked in advertising since 1997, helping customers primarily in Henry and Johnson counties.
Michele Newton is an Advertising Assistant for the Sedalia Democrat and the Plainsman. As a valued member of the sales team, Michele works with her team members to ensure the accuracy of their ads as well as working with house and national advertisers for all publications. Michele also assists the publisher in sales tracking and promotions. She has been with the Democrat since 2021.
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