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  • PATRICK'S PEOPLE: Kimber Wallace is the publisher of Southeast Kansas Living

  • Kimber Wenzelburger Wallace wanted to find a job that would allow her to do two of the things she most enjoyed — writing and editing.



    And, of course, it would be nice to be able to utilize the skills she learned in earning her bachelor’s degree in news/editorial journalism from the University of Arkansas.

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  • Kimber Wenzelburger Wallace wanted to find a job that would allow her to do two of the things she most enjoyed — writing and editing.
    And, of course, it would be nice to be able to utilize the skills she learned in earning her bachelor’s degree in news/editorial journalism from the University of Arkansas.
    Wallace was in the right place at the right time and hit the jackpot. Now she’s the new publisher and editor of  “Southeast Kansas Living,” a quarterly magazine which publishes a fifth issue devoted to tourism in even-numbered years.
    The daughter of the Rev. Mark and Karen Wenzelburger, she grew up in Girard. She and husband Sean Wallace are both 2006 graduates of Girard High School. He is also an engineering graduate of Kansas State University.
    “We moved to Neodesha, where my husband got a job as project engineer at M-E-C Company, which manufactures industrial dryers,” Wallace said in a telephone interview.  “I met Jackie Witherspoon, and she was looking to sell ‘SEK Living’. I jumped at it about a month ago, and bought the magazine in November.”
    She said that she’s thrilled to have taken over  the publication and looks forward to continuing it’s 10-year tradition of  connecting and celebrating the communities of southeast Kansas.
    Wallace noted that the communities tend to be somewhat isolated from each other.
    “I grew up in Girard and never knew Neodesha existed, but it’s only an hour west,” she said. “After I took over, I went through every single issue of the magazine and learned something new in every issue.”
    Wallace believes that every one of the small communities in southeast Kansas has a core history.
    “My parents live in Mulberry, and if you go back a few years it has a really cool history,” she said. “There are a lot of places like that around here.”
    She said that “Southeast Kansas Living” articles are mostly about people doing interesting things, human interest stories.
    Wallace herself would certainly qualify for such as story.
    She graduated summa cum laude from the University of Arkansas in 2010, and was chosen as a J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences student speaker  at commencement ceremonies.
    While at UA she was on the staff  of the “Arkansas Traveler,” the UA student newspaper. Wallace received numerous writing honors, and earned an Arkansas  Press Women Scholarship in 2009.
    She interned at two newspapers, The Morning News in northwest Arkansas and the Pittsburg Morning Sun.
    After graduation from UA, Wallace was a reporter for “The Manhattan Mercury” and in 2011 received four awards from the National Newspaper Association and five awards from the Kansas Press Association for her work. She was one of eight journalists selected to take part in the Association of health Care Journalists’ Midwest Health Journalism Fellowship in 2010-2011.
    Page 2 of 2 - The first issue of  “Southeast Kansas Living” under her leadership will be the spring issue, which comes out in March. Other issues are scheduled in June, September and December.
    “I’m nervous, but I’m excited,” Wallace said.
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