Jamila Khalil is the publisher of the Sedalia Democrat and the Warrensburg Star-Journal, overseeing the papers' operations. She joined the Democrat staff in May 2023. Khalil has worked for a number of news organizations, including newspapers in St. Louis, Anchorage, Alaska, Los Angeles, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Kingman, Arizona, and most recently, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Her roles ranged from account executive for national advertising customers to sales manager, advertising director, and publisher.
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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.
Faith Bemiss-McKinney is the Features Editor for the Sedalia Democrat, leading the newspaper's coverage of art, food, entertainment and religion stories and community event coverage. Faith also handles the weekend Living section and assists with creating and implementing creative ideas and projects in the newsroom to increase local coverage for readers. She worked as a reporter for the Democrat from July 2013 to November 2023, when she was named the Features Editor. Prior to being a full-time reporter, she spent 16 years as a freelance writer for the paper. She has received more than a dozen accolades from the Missouri Press Association and the KC Press Club for her photography and feature writing during her time as a Democrat reporter.
Chris Howell is a reporter for the Sedalia Democrat, primarily covering city and county government, crime, and business. He also assists with community event and feature coverage. Chris is an award-winning reporter, receiving multiple awards from the Missouri Press Association, and has been with the Democrat since February 2021.
Ella Bland is the Newsroom Assistant for the Sedalia Democrat and Warrensburg Star-Journal. She assists both newsrooms with a variety of tasks, such as handling obituaries, the community calendar, milestone announcements, and submitted community information. Ella also helps with special section projects throughout the year. She has been with the Democrat and Star-Journal since October 2023.
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.
Customer Service Clerk
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.
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.
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.
Dominic Martin is a sales consultant for the Sedalia Democrat and the Plainsman. Dominic has worked for the Democrat since September 2023, primarily helping customers in Sedalia.
Christopher Thomas is a sales consultant for the Sedalia Democrat and the Plainsman. Christopher has worked for the Democrat since October 2023, primarily helping customers in Sedalia.
Garrison Wells is a sales consultant for the Sedalia Democrat and the Plainsman. Garrison has worked for the Democrat since November 2023, primarily helping customers in Henry and Johnson counties.