The Hometown Team

Meghan LeVota, Reporter

Growing up in Independence, Missouri, she is familiar with the Kansas City area but is looking forward to further immersing herself in the city and the startup community.

Meghan graduated from the University of Missouri School of Journalism in 2016 where she honed a love for storytelling and video. Aside from reporting, Meghan is a music enthusiast and enjoys deep conversations about philosophy, social justice and metaphysics.


Tommy Felts, Managing editor

A veteran of community journalism, Tommy brings expertise as an award-winning creative athlete and media executive in the Kansas newspaper industry. Honored in 2014 as one of Editor & Publisher magazine’s “25 Under 35,” Tommy most recently served as editor and publisher of The Ottawa Herald before joining Startland.

Tommy’s passion for storytelling and evenhanded journalism are rivaled only by his main gig: raising two young children and a graying pug. He and his wife, Cassie, are amateur urban farmers and easy-to-impress foodies.


Bobby Burch, Editor-in-chief

Bobby loves spotlighting risk-takers, bold ideas and people making the world a better place. He previously served as the tech and entrepreneurship reporter at the Kansas City Business Journal, during which time he caught Kansas City’s entrepreneurial “bug.” Before arriving in Kansas City, Bobby was the web editor at the Ottawa Herald newspaper.

When not corralling his Labrador, he enjoys photography, playing guitar and traveling.


Adam Arredondo, Community builder

Adam has developed strong connections in the local civic, educational, corporate and entrepreneur communities by working as a volunteer co-leader of the Kansas City Startup Village since its inception in 2012.

His full-time role is executive director of the Kansas City Startup Foundation, a startup ecosystem incubator with a number of programs including Startland News. Aside from his love for building community, Adam is a proud Royals fan and always enjoys any competitive situation that doesn’t require true athleticism.


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