Jim Perry is the publisher of the Sedalia Democrat and the Warrensburg Star-Journal, overseeing the papers' operations. He joined the Democrat staff in June 2022. Perry has a long history with Phillips Media Group, the Democrat's parent company, and was the publisher of the Harrison (Arkansas) Daily Times from 2015 to 2021. During that time, he also became the publisher of other Phillips publications, including the West Plains Daily Quill, Baxter Bulletin, and Newton County Times. Perry served as the Phillips Media special projects manager and worked with several Phillips newspapers, including the NEMO Trader, Kirksville Daily Express and Crier.
He has spent most of his career serving as the publisher of community newspapers in Arkansas, Missouri and Florida for Phillips and in Gainesville, Texas, for Community Newspaper Holdings Inc. He has also served as an advertising director and editor.
Nicole Cooke is the editor for the Sedalia Democrat and Warrensburg Star-Journal, overseeing all newsroom operations and assisting with news coverage of Pettis and Johnson counties. Nicole started as the Education Reporter at the Democrat in August 2013, switching to the city beat in May 2014. She was named editor of the Democrat in 2017. She became the editor of the Star-Journal when the Democrat took over ownership in 2020.
Joe Andrews is the sports editor for the Warrensburg Star-Journal, covering games and sports features in Warrensburg and Johnson County. Joe has been with the Star-Journal since January 2021. He previously worked as a sports writer for the St. Joseph News-Press.
Sara Lawson is a reporter for the Warrensburg Star-Journal, covering City of Warrensburg government, education, and breaking news. She also assists with community event and feature coverage. Sara has been with the Star-Journal since 2018.
Meliyah Venerable is a reporter for the Warrensburg Star-Journal, covering Johnson County government, health, military, and business. She also assists with community event and feature coverage. Meliyah has been with the Star-Journal since June 2022.
Customer Service Manager
Nikki Monsees is the Customer Service Manager for the Sedalia Democrat and Warrensburg Star-Journal. Nikki had been a valuable Classified Advertising Advisor for seven years at the Democrat, and rejoined the staff in January 2013 assisting businesses in East Sedalia with all their advertising needs. In October 2014, Nikki joined the Circulation Department as the department manager, which oversees Circulation and Classifieds. She will be happy to assist you with any needs or concerns regarding your newspaper delivery or classified ads.
Customer Service Clerk
Linda Gosnell has been with the Sedalia Democrat since July 1971 and began also working for the Warrensburg Star-Journal when the Democrat took over ownership in 2020. Contact Linda for any circulation concerns regarding your subscription or to place your classified ad.
Customer Service Clerk
Celeste Forsman has been with the Sedalia Democrat since October 2018 and began also working for the Warrensburg Star-Journal when the Democrat took over ownership in 2020. Contact Celeste for any circulation concerns regarding your subscription or to place your classified ad.
Julie White leads the sales team in the Advertising Department for the Sedalia Democrat, the Plainsman, the Warrensburg Star-Journal and the Warrensburg Star-Advertiser. She has been with the Democrat since July 2019. If you have any advertising questions, Julie will be happy to assist you.
Mendy Kenney is a sales consultant for the Warrensburg Star-Journal and the Star-Advertiser. Mendy has worked in advertising at the Star-Journal for more than a decade. If you have any advertising questions, Mendy will be happy to assist you.