Midwest Health Journalism Program - Advisory Board
Doug Anstaett, executive director of the Kansas Press Association since 2004, previously was editor and publisher of the Newton Kansan for 16 years and of the Brookings, S.D., Register for five. He also served in various capacities in the newsrooms at five other newspapers in Kansas, Nebraska and Missouri. He graduated from Kansas State University in 1973 with a bachelor of science degree in journalism and mass communications. He serves on the KSU Foundation as a trustee and is a former member of the K-State Alumni Association Board of Directors. During his newspaper career, he won first place awards in 1987, 1992, 1999 and 2002 in the William Allen White Editorial Excellence Contest sponsored by the Inland Press Association.
Doug Crews, executive director of the Missouri Press Association since 1990, joined the MPA in 1979 as assistant director. Crews is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism (BJ 1973). He edited and published four community weekly newspapers in Missouri from 1973 to 1979. He's a former president of the Newspaper Association Managers (executives of 75 state, regional and national press associations in North America), and a former president of the University of Missouri Alumni Association.
Steve Roling is the president/CEO of the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City. Prior to joining the foundation in December 2004, he was director of the Missouri Department of Social Services. He has also served as publisher of the Kansas City Business Journal, senior vice president of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and legislative assistant to former U. S. Sen. Tom Eagleton. Roling and his wife, Judi, have two daughters who all live in the Kansas City area.
J. Schafer, is news director of Kansas Public Radio and managing editor of the Kansas Public Radio Network, which provides news to other public radio stations in Kansas and Missouri. Before joining KPR in 1995, he spent 10 years in commercial radio and TV news. During his career, he's filed stories for nearly every major radio news network in the nation. The Great Bend native also has taught broadcast journalism at newly independent radio stations in the former Soviet Union.
Brian Steffens, the former senior vice president and editor of the Editor & Publisher Co., is executive director of the National Newspaper Association and adjunct associate professor at the Missouri School of Journalism. Founded in 1885, NNA is the nation's oldest national newspaper association and represents nearly 3,000 community newspapers nationwide. Steffens also has been editor of Quill magazine and held newsroom leadership positions at several newspapers, including the Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union, The Orange County Register, St. Paul Pioneer Press, The Miami Herald and Detroit News.