Chris Lester is managing editor of digital and multimedia content at Kansas City PBS, including kcpt.org, bridge909.org and flatlandkc.org.
Lester was a reporter, columnist and editor at The Kansas City Star for nearly 24 years, ultimately serving as assistant managing editor-business. He later served as senior vice president-business growth at the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and as lead public relations manager in Missouri and Kansas for AT&T Inc.
During his career at the newspaper, Lester was recognized as a Pulitzer Prize Finalist as co-writer of “Divided We Sprawl” and won the Gerald Loeb Award as co-writer of “Frank’s Town.” As business editor, the staff twice earned the best in business section award from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers.
At Kansas City PBS, Lester seeks to expand public media’s role in community engagement and education at a time when many news consumers feel overwhelmed by the amount of information available online. He believes the combination of KCPT, the Bridge and FlatlandKC - along with key community partners - can help fill some gaps in news coverage, and connect audience members to information that matters in their lives.