Donna Vestal

Director of Content Strategy

Donna Vestal is the director of content strategy at KCUR and the supervising editor of Harvest Public Media. She came to the station in 2010 after 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 has a journalism degree from the University of Missouri and an MBA from the University of Kansas.

1:00 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Fans From Afar Cheer On Kansas City Royals Despite Some Odd Looks

Bill Fischer, a retired family physician living in Schenectady, N.Y., shows his Royals pride amid memorabilia on display at Proctor's Theatre in Schenectady. The Kansas City native has been watching this year's playoffs 'intently' with his wife, a Red Sox fan.
Credit Bill Fischer

Enough with the pity!

For Kansas City Royals fans who live outside the region, it’s a brand new world.

“The last lot of years, I have gotten a lot of pity looks and sympathy whenever I wear my gear or say I'm a Royals fan,” says Tara reid-O’Brien, who lives in Las Vegas. “And I have just told people ‘just you wait.’”

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Harvest Public Media
7:48 am
Wed July 3, 2013

My Farm Roots: Wings

Kelly Hagler left her family’s farm in northwest Missouri for the bright lights of Chicago, but her family and the farm are never far from her thoughts.
Credit Jeremy Bernfeld / Harvest Public Media

Kelly Hagler, 25, is among the millions of young people who have left rural communities for the bright lights of the city, in this case Chicago.

But Hagler has not left completely.

Here’s what she told us last year when we asked people to share their “My Farm Roots” stories through the Harvest Network:

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Harvest Public Media
1:01 pm
Sun December 9, 2012

Newspaper Series Faults Big Beef

Workers trim beef at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant in Dakota City, Neb.
Keith Myers The Kansas City Star

What should you know about the beef on your table? The Kansas City Star answered that question with a three-part series on the beef industry.

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KC Currents
5:00 pm
Sun August 26, 2012

Ripe For The Night

Onions are rolled into a cooler.
Donna Vestal KCUR

The merchandise doesn’t linger for long at Liberty Fruit Co. Inc., on Argentine Blvd. in Kansas City, Kan.

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My Farm Roots
10:46 am
Tue July 24, 2012

Just Taking Notes

Tom Karst feels right at home on a summer morning at a farmer's market in Overland Park, Kan.
Donna Vestal Harvest Public Media

Sometimes farm roots don’t blossom into a farm life. But those memories can still have a huge influence, perhaps even determining a career choice.

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