MEET OUR TEAM
Our journalists are on the ground building the new Wichita Beacon newsroom. We are driving neighborhood to neighborhood, introducing ourselves over coffee and at community events.
Celia Hack • Government Reporter
Hack covers local government for The Wichita Beacon. She is originally from Westwood, Kansas, and previously covered local government, criminal justice, environmental issues and education for ecoRI News, the Kansas Leadership Center’s The Journal, the Shawnee Mission Post and The Brown Daily Herald. She graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics and environmental science. She is a Report for America corps member.
Rafael Garcia • Education Reporter
Garcia covers local and state education for The Wichita Beacon. Previously, Garcia covered K-12 and higher education for The Topeka Capital-Journal and The Manhattan Mercury. He is originally from Emporia, a proud graduate of public and private schools in Kansas, and has a love for doughnuts that paid off when a feature he wrote on the topic took first place in the Kansas Press Association’s local business category. He is a Report for America corps member.
Stefania Lugli • Watchdog Reporter
Lugli is a community watchdog reporter for The Wichita Beacon. Previously, she was a metro correspondent for The Boston Globe, an investigative intern for the GBH News Center for Investigative Reporting and a digital intern for the GroundTruth Project. Originally from Florida and born into a Venezuelan family, she speaks Spanish and is a member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. She is a Report for America corps member.
Matt Hennie • Executive Editor
Matt Hennie is executive editor of The Wichita Beacon. Previously, he served as co-publisher of Project Q Atlanta, a digital news site covering LGTBQ issues he launched in 2008. Originally from Euclid, Ohio, he grew up in Savannah, Ga. He started his career covering public safety and education, and later added health care, government, politics and public policy. Hennie worked as a freelancer, reporter and editor focused on local news for 27 years at media outlets in Georgia, South Carolina and Texas. He’s a dog dad to three and enjoys spending his time on the court refereeing high school basketball games.