Courtney Crowder is a features reporter at The Des Moines Register. A graduate of New York University, Crowder previously worked at the Chicago Tribune, ABC News, Fox News and AMNY. She is a gummy bear aficionado and avid TV watcher, who owns two DVRs to support her habit. As a coach with the Storytellers Project, she helps to curate and emcee some of our storytelling events.
Anna is responsible for executing consumer brand marketing and event activities within the Iowa market. Her job is to create awareness of, excitement about and value for Des Moines Storytellers Project as it relates to our community, subscribers and sponsors.
Mackenzie Ryan is the statewide education reporter at The Des Moines Register. In 2013 she won a national education reporting award. Originally from Minnesota, Mackenzie’s collected stories during newspaper stints on both coasts, and her travels through 45 states. She coaches and emcees Storytellers nights.
Tressa is responsible for coordinating newsroom events and efforts that help the Register engage with our readers. She’s a native Iowan and a graduate of the University of Northern Iowa. She brings the big and small details of the event together for a successful, fun night of storytelling.
Brian Smith is an engagement editor and has been with The Des Moines Register since 2012. He's a native Iowan and graduate of Iowa State University. Brian works with our journalists to help them connect with Iowans through social media, events and more. He make sure we think of everything behind the scenes to ensure our storytellers and guests have a memorable night.
Chad spends most of his day telling stories through data and developing creative client strategies. His primary duty is to bring additional value to our clients brands and help them achieve their goals. When Chad isn't working on strategy, you can usually find him watching some live music somewhere in the Midwest.
Kyle, as the Register’s Iowa columnist, roams the 99 counties armed with a notebook, iPhone, DSLR camera and Twizzlers. He’s a lifelong journalist who has told stories about Iowans, to Iowans for more than 22 years. Among his first live storytelling experiences was to impersonate President George H.W. Bush in high school speech contests. He helps coach, curate and emcee some of our themed Storytellers Project events.
Rekha Basu is a Des Moines Register opinion columnist whose commentaries are distributed internationally. Born in India and raised globally, Rekha writes about politics, culture, human rights, social justice and all issues that concern women. She’s a frequent public speaker and has appeared on the “Today” show, “The Rachel Maddow Show,” PBS and National Public Radio. She also works as a coach for the Storytellers Project.
A West Des Moines native, Linh Ta is a proud Valley High Tiger and University of Northern Iowa Panther. When she’s not reporting on the breaking news desk, she covers Ankeny news for The Des Moines Register, she likes to spend time with friends and family. On most Saturday nights, you can find Ta bicycling around downtown or chowing down on sushi. And on Sunday mornings, she’s probably curled up with The New York Times and her cat, Artemis. She serves as a coach and emcee for the Storytellers Project.