With roots firmly planted in Kansas City, my career as “Mr. Stinky Feet” has allowed me to perform thousands of shows throughout North America and Europe, and twice on The White House lawn. Long ago I worked as a journalist and corporate public relations professional before taking the leap into a “real” job helping children laugh. I also entertain grown-up kids as a freelance writer and public speaker. Through my work with children and as a father of two daughters, I have learned that kids have much to teach adults about living life to the fullest.
It took some time for me to claim Olathe as home. I’m a western Kansas native, moved to Chicago after high school graduation, and earned an undergraduate degree from Loyola University. I loved my big city life, but can’t imagine a better place to raise kids. I am a proud mom of three and thankful for the opportunity to work from home as a freelance writer, marketing strategist and ghost author. In my spare time I blog about being a single mom at BacktoAllen.com, sweat out stress at hot yoga and prefer red over white.
I am blessed. What 17 year old gets to take photographs for a magazine? This has been an amazing opportunity and I am glad to work with such wonderful people. I love photography, the creativity of it and the math and science behind it. Next to watching Star Wars, I’d rather spend my Friday evenings shooting an assignment or fill Sunday afternoon with my friends finding unique places around Kansas City to photograph. (I’d rather be behind the lens…) My desire is to use photography to change people’s lives, to make a difference in the world, to bring to people’s attention things they might not see ordinarily.
Todd is a fatherhood columnist and former full-time newspaper reporter, who lives in Leawood with his wife, Reena and twin sons, Ari and Teddy. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia’s School of Journalism, Todd is the author of the books, The Journey Within: Two Months on Kibbutz and I Just Got a Job in Sales! Now What? A former staff writer for the Chicago Daily Herald and Kansas City Business Journal, his work has also appeared in The Arizona Republic, Chicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-Times, Kansas City Star and SPIN Music Magazine. His license plate says it all, “Twnsdad.”
His Twitter bio calls him an “outnumbered father of two redheads” – daughters who somehow keep him even busier when he’s off the clock as news editor for The Associated Press’ Kansas City bureau. A Lee’s Summit resident since 2005, Chris leads a team of text and visual journalists covering breaking news and enterprise journalism across Missouri and Kansas. Before coming to Lee’s Summit, Chris was AP’s news editor in Salt Lake City, where he split his time directing the news and roaming Utah’s numerous wilderness paths. He brought his love of trail running home to Missouri, and spring weekends will find him roaming at the James A. Reed wildlife area with his wife, Laurel, and daughters Aidan and Raegan, 13 and 11.