The Hometown Team


Bobby Burch, Editor-in-Chief

Bobby SLNBobby is the editor-in-chief of Startland News, leading its editorial operations and engagement with the Kansas City community.

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 busy corralling his labrador, he enjoys photography, biking and traveling.

Meghan LeVota, reporter

Meghan (1 of 5)Meghan LeVota is a reporter at Startland News. A recent graduate of the Missouri School of Journalism, she is committed to telling stories with a fresh perspective and aims to stay on top of emerging technologies. At school, she focused on video/audio editing, multimedia production and building an online audience.

Growing up in Independence MO., she is familiar with the Kansas City area but is looking forward to further immersing herself in the city and the startup community. Aside from reporting, Meghan is a music enthusiast and enjoys deep conversations about philosophy, social justice and metaphysics.

Adam Arredondo, community builder

AdamAs the Startland News community builder, Adam immerses himself in the Kansas City startup community and keeps his eye open for potential partners and compelling stories.

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 it’s inception in 2012.

His full-time role is Director of Entrepreneurship for CEED, 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.

Jordan EuDaly, community manager and events editor

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As the Startland News community manager, Jordan informs the startup community about upcoming events and connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need. 

She enjoys the hospitality experiences made possible by coworking spaces and previously worked at the Sprint Accelerator and Think Big Coworking. She’s now the host of Creative Mornings in Kansas City and is an advocate for the local art community. 

When Jordan is not baking scones for the members of Village Square Coworking Studio, she is either at home on her sewing machine, with her husband shooting rubber band guns or connecting with a friend at a local coffee shop. 

Andrea Essner, copy editor

Abby Andrea (9 of 12)Andrea is the copy editor and events manager for Startland News, helping to keep Kansas City informed on the depth and breadth of entrepreneurial activity in our great city.

Andrea has a background in English language studies and is currently working towards her Master’s degree, while also managing Village Square coworking studio and event space.

Outside of her job and current studies at Rockhurst University, Andrea likes to practice yoga, curl up with a good book, sip happy hour cocktails or find new adventures in KC and beyond!


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