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International Journalist Sue Sprenkle to Speak

International journalist Sue Sprenkle will talk about her experiences reporting around the world during a community presentation at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21 in Darbeth Rehearsal Hall in the Darbeth Fine Arts building.  There is no admission charge and it is open to the public.
Sue Sprenkle
Sprenkle is a journalist, photographer, adventurer, and storyteller. She believes that everyone has a story to tell and has devoted her career to sharing her compassion and creative talents with readers and viewers.

Whether it is from the back of a camel trekking across the Sahara or a busy train station in Tokyo, this veteran reporter puts her signature human touch to the news. Instead of simply writing about the event and facts, Sprenkle delves in and meets people so that she can deliver the human side of the story. A small-town Kansas native, Sprenkle has covered international events ranging from tsunamis to genocides.  Despite her extensive travel to around 130 countries, her favorite spot in the world is being home in southwest Kansas with her family.

“I've been a student of writing for two decades and I still struggle to find the perfect way to tell individual stories. This is what makes writing so much fun — you never stop learning,” Sprenkle said.

Sprenkle has been a correspondent for the International Mission Board in Richmond, Va. since 1996. Since 2010, she has served as the Asia Bureau Chief. Based out of Thailand, she writes features and breaking news, oversees social media, and leads the team of a magazine website connecting four regions of the world. Sprenkle also coaches videographers, writers, photographers, graphic designers, programmers, and animators while providing editing support.

Sprenkle was a career writer for the IMB between 1999 and 2010. Based out of Kenya, she wrote and photographed features and breaking news from around the world, localized international news for Southern Baptist outlets, led multi-media teams on international trips, and created multi-media story packages for online publications.

She began her career with the IMB as journeyman writer in 1996. Based out of the Caribbean, her duties included writing features, news and Sunday school curriculum, photography, and graphic design.

During a nine-month sabbatical in 2005, she was editor of “Missions Mosaic” magazine. She worked with freelancers, planned story budget and magazine themes, managed a small staff of designers, copy editor and marketer, wrote a monthly column and several features, and filled in as staff photographer for all WMU publications.

Sprenkle was an education reporter at the Lawton Constitution, in Lawton, Okla., between 1994 and 1995.

She began working at the Dodge City Daily Globe while a student at St. Mary of the Plains College. Upon graduation, she began working full time as a reporter and photographer until 1994. She covered everything from school board meetings to sports to murder trials. She photographed news and sports. She also designed, planned, and wrote special tabloid sections.

Sprenkle has a bachelor of arts degree in mass communication from St. Mary of the Plains College and a master of arts degree in journalism from the University of Missouri.