The Why

Kansans have been asking to receive information from a source within the state dedicated to the principles that led to the greatest expansion of freedom and prosperity in human history. Editors committed to this goal have joined forces to provide the balance Kansans expect and deserve. To achieve that goal, The Kansas Informer was founded by Kansans, for Kansans, and answers only to Kansans.

The Who

Dan Thalmann is the owner/publisher of the Washington County News and is a Past President of the Kansas Press Association. He became a reporter in 2000 because he couldn’t get a job milking goats, but ended up winning numerous journalism awards over the years, including multiple awards as the best mid-sized weekly newspaper in Kansas. While he started his political life as a pro-life Democrat, after in-depth study of history and our Constitution, he was proud to switch to the Republican Party and has even held a founding membership card for the Oathkeepers for a year or two, but was too busy attending high school sporting events to consider storming our nation’s Capitol. He is currently Chair of the Washington County Republican Party.
Thalmann is a husband, father of five and grandfather of one. He is an active LCMS Lutheran, history buff, garden center tourist, gravel road jogger, 80s geek, slams brakes for rare birds, and loves Star Wars minus the annoying modern woke stuff.

Dane Hicks is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the United States Marine Corps Officer Candidate School at Quantico, VA. He is the author of novels “The Skinning Tree” and “A Whisper For Help.” As publisher of the Anderson County Review in Garnett, KS., he is a recipient of the Kansas Press Association’s Boyd Community Service Award as well as more than 60 Awards for excellence in news, editorial and photography.

Earl Watt is the owner and publisher of the Leader & Times in Liberal, Kansas. Watt started his career in journalism in 1991 at the Southwest Daily Times. During his career, the newspaper has won a total of 17 Sweepstakes awards from the Kansas Press Association for editorial content and 18 Sweepstakes awards for advertising. Watt has been recognized with more than 70 first place awards for writing in categories from sports and column to best front pages, best sports pages and best opinion pages. Watt is a member of the Sons of the American Revolution and is the descendant of several patriots who fought for America’s freedom and independence.

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