The Wichita Beacon, a non-profit newsroom dedicated to public service journalism, is launching Summer 2021.

Our independent newsroom was founded on the principle that transparency about what is happening in our community and government ultimately leads to a better society for all. We're on a mission to get the full truth to the maximum people at the moments of greatest consequence.

Our best work will be through community partnerships and our emphasis on community listening. This is how the community shares in this work — your perspectives, feedback and story ideas will shape The Wichita Beacon every day.


As Wichita’s nonprofit newsroom, our mission is to use journalism as a tool for community impact. Donate today and be a part of the future of local journalism.

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Our first articles will go straight to your inbox. You'll also get an inside look at our staff, community events and topics we'll cover.


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.



We’re seeking freelance journalists to pitch us stories for publication in The Beacon and to take photos to accompany stories.


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