Meet the staff

Paul Bowker

Sports Columnist

Paul Bowker covers local news and sports.  He also is an Olympics writer and editor, and children's book author.

He can be reached at   Follow him on Twitter: @bowkerpaul

Anna Kahn

Graphic Designer

Anna Kahn is the graphic designer for The News.  

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

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.

Emily Marner


Emily Marner is a part time reporter/photographer and is a student at Kirkwood Community College in Iowa City.

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.

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

Ron Slechta

Owner and Publisher

Ronald Slechta, publisher and ad sales, is a 60-year veteran of the newspaper industry.

He is the recipient of two Iowa Newspaper Association awards: Distinguished Service and Master-Editor Pusher.

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.

Jeff Yoder

Sports Editor

Jeff Yoder is the Sports Editor at The News.

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