Jeremy Bernfeld is the editor of Harvest Public Media, based at KCUR in Kansas City. Jeremy comes to Harvest from Boston where he helped build wbur.org, named the best news website in the country by the Radio Television Digital News Association. He has covered blizzards and tornadoes and the natural disaster that was the Red Sox’ 2011 season. A proud graduate of Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine, Jeremy’s work has appeared in the Boston Globe, The Kansas City Star, the (Falmouth, Maine) Forecaster, APM's Marketplace and on NPR’s Morning Edition, Here & Now and Only a Game. He's on Twitter @jeremyHPM.
Grant Gerlock is Harvest Public Media's reporter at NET News, where he started as Morning Edition host in 2008. He joined Harvest Public Media in July 2012. Grant has visited coal plants, dairy farms, horse tracks and hospitals to cover a variety of stories. Before going to Nebraska, Grant studied mass communication as a grad student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, and completed his undergrad at Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa. He grew up on a farm in southwestern Iowa where he listened to public radio in the tractor, but has taken up city life in Lincoln, Neb.
Amy Mayer joined Harvest Public Media in 2012 and works in Iowa Public Radio’s Ames office. Amy worked as an independent producer for many years and also previously had stints as weekend news host and reporter at WFCR in Amherst, Mass., and as a reporter and host/producer of a weekly call-in health show at KUAC in Fairbanks, Alaska. Amy’s work has earned awards from SPJ, the Alaska Press Club and the Massachusetts/Rhode Island AP. She produced the 2011 documentary Peace Corps Voices, which aired in over 160 communities across the country and has written for The New York Times, Boston Globe, Real Simple and other print outlets. Since the spring of 2008, Amy has served on the board of directors of the Association of Independents in Radio. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in Latin American studies from Wellesley College and a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Luke Runyon is Harvest Public Media’s reporter based at KUNC in northern Colorado. He joined the Harvest team in March 2013. Luke comes to Harvest by way of Aspen, Colo., where he was a reporter for Aspen Public Radio for two years. While there he filed stories for NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered and Weekend Edition. Before moving to Colorado, Luke covered the Illinois legislature for WUIS and Illinois Public Radio. He has a master’s degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois Springfield and his work has been recognized by the Colorado Broadcasters Association and Public Radio News Directors, Inc. Follow him on Twitter @LukeRunyon.
Kristofor Husted joined Harvest Public Media in July 2014 and reports from KBIA in Columbia, Mo. Before joining KBIA as a reporter/producer, Kris reported for NPR’s Science Desk in Washington, D.C. He has covered topics ranging from the King salmon collapse in Northern California to the shutdown of a pollution-spewing coal plant in Virginia. Kris received his B.S. in cell biology from UC Davis and earned an M.S. in journalism from Medill at Northwestern University, where he was honored as a Comer scholar for environmental journalism. Find Kris on Twitter @krishusted.
Abby Wendle joined Harvest Public Media in September of 2014, and reports from Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Ill. She came to Harvest from Tulsa, Okla., where she produced radio for This Land Press. That included partnerships with public radio programs The Story, State of the Re:Union, and The CBC’s Day 6. Her work has earned awards from The Third Coast International Audio Festival, KCRW's Radio Race, The Missouri Review and The National Association of Black Journalists. She has worked as an assistant producer for The Takeaway and interned at Radiolab. Abby has a bachelor's degree in Liberal Studies from Flagler College in St. Augustine, Fla., and a master's degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.
Donna Vestal helped launch Harvest Public Media in 2010 with the support of a dedicated team of journalists. A newspaper veteran, she worked nearly 18 years as a business editor for The Kansas City Star, where she directed small business, retail, development, workplace and health care beats, among others. Donna’s agriculture focus dates back to the 1980s, when she served as news editor of The Packer, a national weekly newspaper for the fruit and vegetable industry. She also was the lead researcher and writer for “A Century of Produce,” a book commemorating The Packer’s 100th anniversary. Donna has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Kansas. She works out of KCUR’s ofﬁces in Kansas City.
Frank Morris is the founder of and senior contributor to Harvest Public Media. He also is the news director at KCUR, presiding over the station's news coverage since 1999. Frank also ﬁles regularly with National Public Radio and has covered everything from tornados to tax law. His work has won dozens of awards, including four national Public Radio News Directors awards (PRNDIs) and several regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Frank grew up in rural Kansas, listening to the public radio station out of Hutchinson. He worked as a DJ throughout college at the University of Kansas. After graduating with degrees in philosophy and political science, Frank went to work at an AM news/talk station in Lawrence, Kan., and later at the statehouse in Topeka for Kansas Public Radio. He started at KCUR in 1991.
Peggy Lowe is Harvest Public Media's investigations editor. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, and Latino USA. Before her return to the Midwest in 2011, she was a multimedia producer and writer at The Orange County Register in Southern California. Until 2005, she was in Denver, where she was a reporter for the late, great Rocky Mountain News, the Denver Post, KBCO and the Associated Press. Lowe was the Mike Wallace Fellow for Investigative Reporting at the University of Michigan in 2008-2009.
ABOUT HARVEST PUBLIC MEDIA
Harvest Public Media is a reporting collaboration focused on issues of food, fuel and ﬁeld. Based at KCUR in Kansas City, Harvest covers these agriculture-related topics through an expanding network of reporters and partner stations throughout the Midwest.
WHY FOOD, FUEL AND FIELD?
Global demand for food and fuel is rising, and the push and pull for resources has serious ramiﬁcations for all of us. We all eat, so we all have a stake in how our food is produced. We examine issues like climate change, food safety, biofuel production, animal welfare, water quality, and sustainability with in-depth and unbiased reporting. See a list of the journalism awards we've won.
HOW WE REPORT
Most Harvest Public Media stories begin with radio — regular reports are aired on our member stations in the Midwest. Harvest also explores issues through online analyses, television documentaries, video, and on social media. We are committed to the highest journalistic standards. Click here to read our ethics policy.
Harvest Public Media is a Local Journalism Center launched in 2010 with the support of a grant from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Today, the collaboration is supported by the Harvest Public Media partner stations, as well as by media outlets that pay for access to Harvest Public Media's work. In the future, we hope to also incorporate funding contributions from underwriters and individuals.
FULL PARTNER STATIONS
KCUR in Kansas City (lead station); Iowa Public Radio; NET, which operates public TV and radio networks statewide in Nebraska; KBIA in Columbia, Mo.; Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Ill.; and KUNC in Greeley, Colo.
NET Nebraska, KCPT in Kansas City, and Rocky Mountain PBS in Denver comprise the Harvest Public Media Video Unit.
High Plains Public Radio/KANZ in Garden City, Kan.; Kansas Public Radio/KANU in Lawrence; KMUW in Wichita, Kan.; WFIU/Earth Eats in Bloomington, Ind.; WUIS in Springfield, Ill.; KVNO in Omaha, Neb.; Prairie Public Broadcasting in Fargo, N.D.; and KRCU in Cape Girardeau, Mo.