Copy Editor/Page Designer

Ashley Szatala

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Ashley Szatala joined The Herald-Whig Newsroom as a staff writer in September 2016. Her primary responsibilities include covering Missouri region news and features. An Ohio native, Ashley received her Bachelor of Journalism in 2015 and received her Master of Arts from the University of Missouri – Missouri School of Journalism in December 2016. Ashley has vast editorial and design experience and most recently worked as the assistant news editor for the Columbia Missourian before coming to the Herald-Whig.

Bylines

Quincy News

Mother of son lost in river shares how she finds strength on cross-country bike ride

Melissa Melnick knew in early 2017 she would either be biking the Mississippi River trail from Minneapolis to the Gulf Coast in celebration with or in memorial of her son, Chris Stanley. It ended up being the latter.

Hannibal resident went from school teacher to potential U.S. vice president
Hannibal News

Hannibal resident went from school teacher to potential U.S. vice president

The first full-term African-American U.S. senator has ties to Hannibal, and Jim's Journey: The Huck Finn Freedom Center capped off it's five-year anniversary celebration with a keynote address Sunday by the senator's descendant.

2018 20 Under 40: Ryan Rapp
20 Under 40

2018 20 Under 40: Ryan Rapp

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Ryan Rapp, Commerce Bank senior vice president, is good at planning. He attributes careful planning as a reason for being a successful professional and engaged community volunteer. "Every week takes planning both with customers internally

2018 20 Under 40: Michael Purol
20 Under 40

2018 20 Under 40: Michael Purol

MONROE CITY, Mo. -- Michael Purol, an engineer, became president of tri-state operations for the engineering and architectural firm Poepping, Stone, Bach and Associates when he was 36. He considers it his proudest professional moment. "Charlie (Bach) and P

20 Under 40

2018 20 Under 40: Denise Damron

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Denise Damron credits her family as helping her be the woman and professional she is today. But one family member in particular has had the most influence on her career. Damron's daughter, Hannah, 11, was introduced to Damron and her husba

2018 20 Under 40: Brent Massie
20 Under 40

2018 20 Under 40: Brent Massie

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Brent Massie is a flexible guy. As the owner of Smith Funeral Home and Chapel in Hannibal and Waters Funeral Home in Vandalia, Mo., as well as being Marion County deputy coroner, he's used to being on-call 24/7/365. "It keeps things intere

2018 20 Under 40: Brad Kurz
20 Under 40

2018 20 Under 40: Brad Kurz

HANNIBAL, Mo. -- Brad Kurz will never forget the sinking feeling he felt one Saturday in November 2013. His daughter, Kendall, 3 at the time, handed him a bag of candy corn that only had three kernels left in it. "I jokingly said, 'Where's the rest of it?'

Jensen Woods celebrates reopening with open house
Illinois News

Jensen Woods celebrates reopening with open house

Katie Lange from near Le Claire, Iowa, doesn't mind the more than two-hour drive to Jensen Woods Camp outside of Timewell.

Education

New program provides free meals to Hannibal students in after-school activities

Douglass Community Services and the Hannibal School District are working together to help combat hunger. Any Hannibal Middle School and Hannibal High School student involved in after-school activities are eligible for a free brown bag meal to be eaten at

Hannibal News

First Walk to End Alzheimer's in Hannibal has raised $15k

More than $15,000 has been raised by the Hannibal-area community for Alzheimer's care, support and research ahead of the Walk to End Alzheimer's Saturday in Hannibal.