Clay Wirestone

Clay Wirestone

Clay Wirestone, opinion editor for the Kansas Reflector, has written columns and edited reporting for newsrooms in Kansas, New Hampshire, Florida, and Pennsylvania. He has also fact checked politicians, researched for Larry the Cable Guy, and appeared in PolitiFact, Mental Floss,, and a host of other publications. Before joining the Reflector, Clay spent four years at the nonprofit Kansas Action for Children as communications director. Beyond the written word, he has drawn cartoons, hosted podcasts, designed graphics, and moderated debates. Clay graduated from the University of Kansas and lives in Lawrence with his husband and son.

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A singular New Hampshire editor inspired this Kansas journalist — and so many others, too

By: - April 22, 2023

Mike Pride changed my life. The legendary editor of New Hampshire’s Concord Monitor newspaper, Mike hired me back in 2005, at a particularly challenging time in my career. I had spent an unfulfilling few years as a copy editor at big newspapers in central Florida and  wanted to return to a smaller newsroom, one where […]