Kathy Habiger, MJE, Mill Valley High School
Advising Student Media Instructor
Kathy Hill Habiger, MJE, is finishing her 24th year teaching and would rank this year as the most unique, to put it mildly. She teaches Photo Imaging and 21st Century Journalism and is the adviser to the JAG yearbook, JagWire newspaper and Mill Valley News Online at Mill Valley High School. Both the yearbook and newspaper are in the NSPA All-America Hall of Fame. She has been a member of the KSPA board of directors for over 15 years and currently serves as secretary. She received the Engel Award in 2010 from the Kansas Collegiate Media and was named a Distinguished Yearbook Adviser from JEA in 2007. In her free time, she loves reading, watching too much Bravo and other useless reality TV networks, being outdoors, following KU sports (yes, even football) and being mom to her 17-year-old daughter and wife to her husband of 24 years.
Becky Tate, CJE, Shawnee Mission North High School
Editorial Leadership Instructor
Becky Lucas Tate, CJE has been the newspaper and yearbook adviser at Shawnee Mission North High School for the past 30 years, Tate has received a Medal of Merit from JEA and a Gold Key from CSPA. She was named the H.L. Hall Yearbook Adviser of the Year in 2019 and a Special Recognition Adviser in newspaper by the Dow Jones Newspaper Fund in 1997. She also received the Engel Award in 2001 from Kansas Collegiate Media. She has a Master’s Degree in journalism from the University of Kansas and undergraduate journalism and education degrees from Kansas State University.
Kristy Nyp, CJE, Manhattan High School
Writing and Reporting Instructor
Nyp advises yearbook, video production, newspaper and online news for Manhattan High School. Her publications have won multiple All-Kansas and All-American awards in her eight years since at MHS. At the 2018 JEA/NSPA National Fall Conference The Mentor, MHS’s weekly newspaper, earned ninth place in the Best In Show contest. Nyp is the current president of the Kansas Scholastic Press Association. Before becoming an adviser in 2005, she spent 15 years working in the media industry. Her hobbies are running, proofreading everything she reads (especially social media posts and public signs) and consuming stories in the form of books, movies, articles, videos and any other form they come in.
Cary Conover, Andover High School
Cary Conover is in his tenth year at Andover High School where he teaches photojournalism and advises yearbook, newspaper and broadcast journalism staffs. His students include the 2013 Kansas High School Journalist of the Year and many others who have placed at KSPA and JEA/NSPA competitions. Before starting his career as an educator, Cary was a freelance photographer in New York City. He is currently in his final year working on his MFA in photography from Savannah College of Art and Design. Cary has been teaching at the Flint Hills Publications Workshop since 1998.
Love was recently named a 2020 Journalism Education Association Rising Star and teaches journalism and advises publications at Shawnee Mission South High School in Overland Park, KS. Love has spent the last several years working with newspaper and yearbook staffs that create Kansas Scholastic Press Association All-Kansas, National Scholastic Press Association First Class, and Columbia Scholastic Press Association Gold Medalist quality work. Love is a K-State graduate and worked on the award-winning Royal Purple yearbook while in college.
Tom Hallaq, Kansas State University, Associate Professor
Broadcast Bootcamp Instructor
Hallaq is currently the Associate Director for Undergraduate Education in the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Hallaq’s professional background is in live television producing and directing. He was part of the startup news team for KSTU Fox 13 in Salt Lake City, UT where he also produced for the Utah Jazz broadcasts. He has also worked as a News Operations Manager for WDEF-TV, CBS, in Chattanooga, TN and for KNDU-TV, NBC, in Kennewick, WA. In addition to his work at network affiliates, he has also been involved in several award-winning, independent productions and continues to stay involved as a freelance professional in the video industry.
Social Media Essentials Instructor
Thomas is currently an instructor with the A.Q. Miller School of Journalism and Mass Communications where she teaches courses in social media strategy, digital media, advertising, public relations and media audiences. She spent over 17 years in marketing, advertising, and communications working in dynamic, fast-paced industries while creating integrated brand strategies that utilize a variety of traditional and new media channels. She also owns a social media consulting company, specializing in film and family entertainment. Jana earned her Master’s of Science in Strategic Communications from Kansas State University