Meet the staff

Paul Bowker

Sports Editor

Paul Bowker is nationally recognized writer who has covered multiple World Series and an Olympic Games.

He is a native of Massachusetts, a journalist with more than 35 years experience and a former Iowa resident when he was deputy sports editor of The Gazette in Cedar Rapids in the late 1990s.

Bowker is also a U.S. Army veteran, having served with the First Infantry Division in Fort Riley, Kansas.

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Anna Kahn

Graphic Designer

Anna Kahn is the graphic designer for The News.

She creates ads, does page layouts and updates the website.

Anna has worked as a graphic designer for the past eight years. This is her second stint in Kalona where she worked from 2015 to 2016.

Anna grew up in Iowa City and graduated from the University of Iowa with a bachelor of fine arts degree in graphic design.

In her free time she likes to play the piano, DJ and play with her three cats.

Molly Roberts

Molly Roberts is the news editor of The News. As news editor, she is the primary writer and photographer, covering a wide variety of events and stories in the communities covered by The News.

Originally from Grand Rapids, Mich., Molly Roberts moved to Iowa City to attend the University of Iowa in 2010, where she studied journalism and English.  While Roberts has a background in journalism, including a stint at the sports editor for The Daily Iowan, she is also an avid writer of fiction and is currently hard at work on her first novel and a collection of short stories.

“What I love about writing of all kinds is the ability to tell stories about people and for people,” Roberts said. “I find so much value in talking with strangers and digging out the unique thing they have to tell the world. We can learn so much from each other if we are willing to listen to voices other than our own.”

Roberts lives in Iowa City with her husband, Seth, dogs Fenway and Skillet, and cat Whiskey.

Ron Slechta


As of June 18, the ownership of The News has been transferred to Slechta Communications, Inc (Ron and Helen Slechta) from Jim and Bridget Johnson, dba Johnson Iowa Media.

Slechta Communications previously owned The Kalona News, Lone Tree Reporter and the Highland Review and sold those publications to the Johnsons in October 2016.

Ron is the primary ad sales representative and publisher. He also assists in news coverage.

Colette Yoder

Colette Yoder is the office manager for The News. She is usually the first person you see when you walk in our B Avenue office. Her responsibilities include classified and legal advertising, obituaries and subscriptions.

She has been at The News for 14 years. Prior to that, she worked with her mom and dad at Ellen’s Sewing Center where the Kalona Brewing Company is now located. In addition to the sewing shop, the family held flea markets and craft shows in the building.

Colette grew up in Kalona and graduated from Iowa Mennonite School. She attended business college in Mason City.

She has three boys. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing.