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HER Magazine is headquartered in Jefferson City, MO. Our dedicated staff members live and breathe HER Magazine, always thinking of creative content.

  • Samantha Pogue – Editor
  • Alex Shikles – Creative Services
  • Kate Johnson – Graphic Design
  • Heather Pirner – Graphic Design & Web Design
  • Kaity Williams – Graphic Design & Web Design
  • Rosie Woodruff – Graphic Design

Advertising

  • Jane Haslag – Marketing Director
  • Janet Ousley – Marketing Consultant
  • John Benke – Marketing Consultant
  • Grant Schulte – Marketing Consultant
  • Elizabeth Loethen – Marketing Consultant
  • Kris Andrae – Marketing Consultant

Samantha Pogue, Editor

My first published article profiled a garage band of high school musicians preparing for their first big gig.

Filled with excitement and nerves before breaking out an original tune on stage, their months of hard work paid off. That initial performance was the foundation for a successful career of playing multiple venues throughout the Midwest, recording original music, and developing a strong fan base over the next several years.

At 16, to just tell their story was a thrill, no matter if the band and I were the only ones to read it. However, to have it printed in the special student writers’ section of my hometown daily newspaper — the State Journal-Register in Springfield, Illinois — was truly incredible. It encouraged me to pursue becoming a journalist.

I studied the craft at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, graduating with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. I was able to secure a job writing for niche magazines at Lake of the Ozarks soon after college and worked as a journalist and editor in that region for more than 12 years.

During the last eight of those years, I served as editor of The Lake Today, a weekly newspaper that covered the tri-county Lake area and was owned by HER Magazine’s parent company, Central Missouri Newspapers, Inc.

In early February 2017, I accepted the job as the new editor of HER. My love for this woman’s magazine and the respect I have for its entire team — especially its late editor and leader, Shelley Gabert — is immense. I am honored to be a part of this publication, hope to continue its vision, and meet the quality standards it has set.

When I’m not working with the HER team in Jefferson City, I am back in Osage Beach. My spare time is filled with reading good books, walking down the endless trails of the Lake’s two state parks, binging on my favorite television series or classic movies, or trying to catch a bigger crappie than my husband, Timmy, on our local waters or nearby rivers and lakes.

Float and camping trips with friends, spoiling our nieces and nephew, and watching local bands perform are also on my personal priority list.

I have published many stories since I have become a professional journalist, but one thing always remains the same. The excitement to tell someone’s story and share it with others fuels my passion for writing.

Kate Johnson, Graphic Design

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“The creative adult is the child’s that survived.” – Ursula K. LGuin HER Graphic Designer Kate applies this sentiment to her career by striving to keep imagination alive in everything she puts her mind to – digital art to the fine arts.

Kate is a homegrown Jefferson City area resident with a love for the downtown scene. “ I love to wake up every day and see the beauty of life, from the sunrise in the mornings to the sparkling stars of the night,” she said.

She graduated in 2012 from Fulton High School where she achieved her two year certification in Graphic Design from Hart Career Center in Mexico, Mo. She attended Missouri Western State University and North Central Missouri College.

As a mother, Kate enjoys watching all of her son’s achievements. She is always amazed by the presence of her miracle. Kate is an active freelance artist as well. In early 2015 she started her own business, Apollo Designs. Her goal in life is to express her imagination in every medium she can. Kate also enjoys being outdoors with friends and family, watching football (go Patriots!) and spending time with her other half, Richard.

She is a passionate believer of the G.K. Chesterton quote, “The duty of the artist lies in keeping alive a sense of wonder in the world.”  She firmly believes that the wonder in everyday life has the ability to inspire everyone, no matter their circumstances, to embrace the greatness they hold in their soul.

Heather Pirner, Graphic Design & Web Design

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Whether it was painting-by-number, making handmade Mother’s Day cards from construction paper or crocheting a scarf or potholder, since I was very young I have always enjoyed creating art in any way shape or form. After enjoying the drawing, painting, sculpture and other art courses in high school and college, I finally took my first Graphic Design class and immediately fell in love. I graduated from Columbia College in Columbia, MO with a Bachelors Degree in Graphic Design in 2008. From then on I worked at a design and screen print shop in Columbia, MO as the Lead Graphic Designer / Operations Manager. In late 2016 I decided I was ready to return to my hometown of Jefferson City where I began my graphic design position at the News Tribune.

In my free time, I love nothing more than to spend my time with my loved ones. The people in my life are my inspiration and my strength. I love to laugh, to dance, to cook a new meal, to enjoy a beautiful day and to put smiles on others faces. My 4-yr-old Golden Retriever, Buddy, is a big part of my life and also one of my biggest fans.

Being a part of HER magazine is such a pleasure and honor. I am extremely proud to work with a publication that focuses on the wonderful women and the beautiful and incredible community that I live in. I strive to make my contribution to the magazine the best I can and to preserve the legacy, beauty and everything positive the magazine stands for.

Kaity Williams, Graphic Design & Web Design

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My design career started early in life as I clothed and styled my Barbies while growing up in
I recently joined the HER team when I joined my fiance in his hometown of Jefferson City. Most of my creative inspiration comes from places I’ve traveled to; some of my favorites include Italy and Spain. I’m always thinking of where I’ll travel to next, currently I have Greece & France on the “need to see” list. I admit to being a Pinterest addict. I get a lot of inspiration while browsing the brilliant ideas of others.

Reading, cooking, traveling, watching movies, and playing with my dog are my favorite things to do in my free time. My dog, Ollie, is an English Bull Terrier and his big personality is sure to make me laugh every single day. I also love learning about all things revolving around the beauty and fashion industry. Pizza and pasta are the fuel to my life. Food is a huge part of my life and brings me so much joy – this includes trying new restaurants, testing new recipes in my own kitchen and binge watching the Food Network.

Finally, I firmly live my life by this phrase, “Life is too short to say no to cake.”

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