Debbie Coleman-Topi

Debbie Coleman-Topi

Debbie’s journalism career officially began at the University of Missouri School of Journalism, where she was trained. Her works have appeared in the Kansas City Star and its former Sunday Magazine, the Independence Examiner and TWINS Magazine. Since 2016, Debbie has written for The Landmark, where she has reported on a wide range of Platte County area issues and people. These include the longest-running issue of her more than three-decade career—a massive development in Parkville, which spawned a citizens’ movement that objects to the way city officials manage the city. Eventually, a Parkville area resident filed a civil suit in Platte County Circuit Court alleging Sunshine violations. Experts have called the case “unprecedented” for a settlement that is perhaps the largest Sunshine resolution in Missouri history. Debbie is the author of TWINformation: The Biology, Psychology and Development of Twins, written in response to giving birth to and raising fraternal male twins. (She and her husband later welcomed a girl to the family.) She is also the author of “Memories of a War Bride,” which chronicles the life of her husband’s Godmother, a World War II English war bride. Debbie and her husband, John, live in Sugar Creek, a long car drive from events and meetings she covers for The Landmark. In fact, when she first met publisher Ivan Foley after answering his ad for a reporter, she told him she should have packed a lunch for the long journey. When she heard no response following the job interview, Debbie called to ask if Foley was not interested in her joining the staff. He was interested, but assumed the drive was too long. Obviously, he was wrong.

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