In addition to staff members involved in the news operation, the Daily Citizen has created a network of well-known local writers, photographers and other content creators to round out coverage. Learn about them here:

Rev. Kenneth L. Chumbley

The Rev. Kenneth L. Chumbley is an Episcopal priest, writer and spiritual director. He is also chaplain at the Council of Churches of the Ozarks. He writes a monthly column for the Springfield Daily Citizen. Contact him at: More by Rev. Kenneth L. Chumbley

Dean Curtis

Dean Curtis has more than 35 years of experience as a photojournalist, 22 of those years as the Photo Editor of the Springfield News-Leader directing the visual coverage of the area. In 2015, Curtis was inducted into the Missouri Photojournalism Hall of Fame. He started Curtis Photography LLC in 2014 and specializes in editorial, commercial and family photography. His work can be found at: In his spare time he pursues his love of photographing the wild horses of Shannon County. Email: More by Dean Curtis

Ron Davis

Ron Davis is a writer and raconteur who lives in Springfield. When he’s not typing he’s usually listening to music and reading about ways to keep cats off the keyboard. Follow him on Twitter @thisisrondavis and on Instagram @rondavis or email him at: More by Ron Davis

Julie Higgins

Julie G. Higgins is a Springfield entrepreneur and founder of I Pour Life, a nonprofit that provides development coaching and curriculum to at-risk women and youth. Her mantra is: “Teach with your life.” Follow her on Twitter: @julieGhiggins or email her at: More by Julie Higgins

Sony Hocklander

Sony Hocklander is a freelance journalist, video storyteller and photographer who produces creative content through her small solo business, Sony Hocklander Creative LLC. When she’s not telling community stories, she loves wandering the Ozarks outdoors with a camera in hand. You can follow her on Twitter @SonyHocklander and on Instagram @shocklander or email her at: More by Sony Hocklander

Wes Johnson

Wes Johnson has been a journalist for more than 40 years and has lived in Springfield since 2004. He’s an avid sailor, hiker and nature lover. Have a good outdoors story idea? Johnson can be reached at 417-631-2168 or by email at More by Wes Johnson

Kaitlyn McConnell

Kaitlyn McConnell is the founder of Ozarks Alive, a cultural preservation project through which she has documented the region’s people, places and defining features since 2015. McConnell regularly shares her stories with readers of the Springfield Daily Citizen. Contact her at: More by Kaitlyn McConnell

Mike O'Brien

Mike O’Brien is a longtime newspaper reporter, editor and columnist and is also a college journalism educator in Springfield. To suggest a person who might make a subject for Lives Remembered, email him at or More by Mike O’Brien

Lyndal Scranton

Lyndal Scranton is a Springfield native who has covered sports in the Ozarks for more than 35 years, witnessing nearly every big sports moment in the region during the last 50 years. The Springfield Area Sports Hall of Famer and live-fire cooking enthusiast also serves as PR Director for Lucas Oil Speedway in Wheatland, Missouri, co-hosts The Sports Reporters on Jock 96.9 FM, 99.9 FM and 1060 AM on Monday mornings with Ned Reynolds and is co-host of the Tailgate Guys BBQ Podcast. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @LyndalScranton. More by Lyndal Scranton

Bruce Stidham

Born in Bolton, England, Bruce Stidham began working as a photojournalist in 1997 while attending Blackburn College in Lancashire. He has worked internationally for many companies and news agencies, including: Disney, Nike, The Smithsonian Institute, Bloomberg News, The Associated Press, and Agence France Press. Bruce is also a licensed FAA Drone pilot which he uses for both photo and video production. He has called the Ozarks his home since 1999 and is the 6th generation of his family to live in Springfield. Website: and Instagram: @stidzmedia More by Bruce Stidham

Jym Wilson

Jym Wilson has been making photographs since his early teens. His career in photojournalism began in 1977 as a darkroom technician at the Burlington Free Press in Vermont. In 2015 he left USA Today, where he had been a senior photo editor in the Life department specializing in entertainment coverage for 18 years.
Jym moved to Springfield, MO in 2019 and is looking forward to telling stories to the readers of the Springfield Daily Citizen. Email: More by Jym Wilson