The Hometown Team

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.


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.


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.


Elyssa Bezner, Intern

Elyssa BeznerElyssa is passionate about journalism, education, caring for the elderly, and pairing french fries with ranch. She was the managing editor for Park Hill South High School’s, The View, and loves writing about people, places, and things. 

When not actively trying to catch up on Game of Thrones, she is outlining and writing her first fantasy novel, working in a nursing home, traveling, or spending time with her family.

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