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Meet The Lawrence Times news team

Get to know the people behind the bylines.

Jump to: Tricia Masenthin | Maya Hodison | Emma Bascom | Andrea Albright

Mackenzie Clark (she/her), reporter/founder

Cat mom. ♒️. Served as editor-in-chief of the Campus Ledger (JCCC) and the University Daily Kansan (KU) student newspapers, then did 5.5 years at the copy desk and reporting for the Lawrence newspaper of record before launching The Lawrence Times. At the Times, I’m doing my best to run the show and reporting whenever I can, filling in where it’s needed and doing some behind-the-scenes digging. This isn’t my job; it’s my life.

Something I love about Lawrence: This community has an incredible way of frequently coming together to do what is right and stand up for justice. I am often blown away by how quickly the public comes together to support a community member in need. Also, there are lots of pretty flowers and lots of other cat people, and I appreciate that.

Words that inspire me: “The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.” — Ida B. Wells-Barnett

Follow: Find me (and the Newzcats) on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. I can be reached at mclark (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. 

Tricia Masenthin (she/her), equity reporter

Lifelong northeast Kansan and first-gen college grad. Bachelor’s degree in journalism with highest distinction, KU. Past bylines: The (Tonganoxie) Mirror and The Lansing Current. Dow Jones News Fund alum — trained at San Jose State University/interned at The Kansas City Star. At the Times, I’m working to research and write about the issues important to our community and the people making a difference here. I’m proud to play a role in this new era of community journalism.

Something I love about Lawrence: People here feel passionate about education and value it, and I’m glad we chose to raise our family here.

Words that inspire me: “I knew that if I allowed fear to overtake me, my journey was doomed. Fear, to a great extent, is born of a story we tell ourselves, and so I chose to tell myself a different story from the one women are told. I decided I was safe. I was strong. I was brave. Nothing could vanquish me.” — Cheryl Strayed, “Wild”

Follow: Find me @semicolonsrock on Twitter or on Instagram, where my foster-kittens-turned-monster-cats run the show. I can be reached at tmasenthin (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com.

Maya Hodison (she/her), equity reporter

I am currently a senior mass media major at Baker University where I am the news editor of the Baker Orange student newspaper and the president of a multicultural diversity organization called Mungano. Born and raised in LK, I am ecstatic to now take my passion of sharing stories to Lawrence. At the Times, I am an equity reporter focusing on issues that people in marginalized communities face and amplifying voices that are oftentimes unvalued.

Something I love about Lawrence: I have always admired the way this community supports its young people and provides spaces for people to be their authentic, creative selves.

Words that inspire me: “I am no longer accepting the things I cannot change … I am changing the things I cannot accept.” and “You have to act as if it were possible to radically transform the world. And you have to do it all the time.” – Angela Davis

Follow: Instagram: @mayahodison, Twitter: @mayahodison. I can be reached at mhodison (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com.

Emma Bascom (she/her), reporter

Total nerd. Lover of words (especially if they’re fantasy), my cats, and curiosity. Previously worked as the associate news editor for the University Daily Kansan, where I won the White House Correspondents Association scholarship for my work. Since graduating from KU, I have been a freelance writer and editor of novels. Now, at the Times, I’m covering K-12 education, honing my investigative skills, and rediscovering my love for community journalism.

Something I love about Lawrence: The creativity and acceptance in the community. 

Words that inspire me: “Deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised.” – JRR Tolkien

Follow: Twitter: @ebascom3; Instagram: @thequirkyeditor. I can also be reached at ebascom (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com.

Andrea Albright (she/her), reporter

Terrible cook, but an above-average mom to a house full of kids, cats and canines. I am a lover of journalism and am returning to the craft after a far-too-long hiatus. I earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from KU and worked on the state desk at the Topeka Capital-Journal from 1997 to 2002. After working in marketing for many moons, I am happy to be at the Times where I’m reporting on courts, crime and anything community-related.

Something I love about Lawrence: I love that Lawrence has an arts and culture scene worthy of a big city while also maintaining the tight-knit feel of a small town. If there are secrets here, they are rarely well kept. We are not infallible, but most times we hold each other accountable and right the things we see as wrong.

Words that inspire me: “I’m sometimes asked when will there be enough [women on the Supreme Court] and I say, ‘When there are nine.’” — Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Follow: I’m on Twitter @andreaealbright, and Instagram @andrea_albright. (Mostly cats and kvetching.) I can be reached at aalbright (at) lawrencekstimes (dot) com. 

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