Hannah Wise

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Hannah Wise is Audience Development Editor for The Kansas City Star and Wichita Eagle. She is most passionate about building communities and thinking about the future of sharing news. Hannah is a lecturer at The University of Kansas where she teaches courses in audience engagement. 

Hannah was a 2021-22 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow at the University of Missouri. She created Disability Matters, a toolkit to help newsrooms to better serve the disability community. Previously, Hannah was a Social Strategy Editor at The New York Times and the Audience Development Editor at The Dallas Morning News. Her reporting on Facebook Live during the 2016 police ambush was part of The News’ coverage that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in breaking news in 2017.

Hannah was named to Editor & Publisher’s 2019 “25 under 35” list of the next generation of leaders in newspapers. She is the stitching maven behind the viral Instagram account @sewmanycomments where she doesn’t read the comments, but sews them.

She is a graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Kansas where she studied journalism and Germanic languages and literature. Hannah holds a master’s degree in journalism from the Mayborn School of Journalism at the University of North Texas, where she was a Mayborn Scholar. Her thesis work focused on applying human-centered design theory to improve the relationships between journalists and the communities they serve.