Sara Schafer

Sara Schafer joined Rural Missouri in 2023. Sara previously worked as the Top Producer Editor and Farm Journal Content Manager for Farm Journal. After graduating from the University of Missouri – Columbia with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Journalism she worked full-time at Boone Electric in the communications department crafting the cooperatives pages for Rural Missouri.

Megan Backes
Creative Director

Megan Backes joined the Rural Missouri team in 2010. Originally from Pilot Grove, Megan received a degree of fine arts in graphic design from the University of Central Missouri. Megan is responsible for much of the magazine’s design and layout each month and assists with other aspects of the publication.

Mary Davis
Production Manager

Mary Davis joined Rural Missouri in 1990 after working for the Missouri Department of Agriculture. Mary is the liason with our printer, handles postal issues and oversees the budgeting process for Rural Missouri. She is responsible for all of the display advertising in Rural Missouri and also assists the entire staff with graphics.

Angie Jones-Wheeler
Design and Print Services Coordinator 

Angie Jones-Wheeler designs the cooperative local pages that appear inside Rural Missouri magazine. Originally from Eldon, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in graphic design from Drury University and joined the staff in 2007. She is also a designer for the AMEC printshop.

Jim McCarty
Manager of Special Projects

Jim McCarty joined Rural Missouri in 1985. A University of Missouri School of Journalism graduate, he has been honored by the Cooperative Communicators Association as “Writer of the Year” in 1994 and has received that organization’s coveted Michael Graznak young communicator award. As editor, Jim led the Rural Missouri staff to national recognition four times as the recipient of George W. Haggard Memorial Journalism Award from the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.

Paul Newton
Managing Editor

Paul Newton joined the staff in 2013. Originally from Galena, Ill., Paul received a degree a photojournalism from Western Kentucky University. Prior to Rural Missouri, Paul worked at The Southern Illinoisan in Carbondale, Ill., from 2007-2013, as a staff photographer and later as the director of visuals.

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