Work with a winner!

Work with a winner! I’ve won numerous accolades throughout my 30-year media career, like the Huck Boyd Leader of the Year Award, the Midwest Travel Network’s Rising Star, the Kansas Sampler Foundation WeKan Award, and many more.

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Would you like an expert’s credibility? Then, hire me to write in your newsletter or print publication.

Public relations

If you need press releases or other media needs, we can provide them. We write numerous releases annually for our activities, and we can take care of yours.

Public speaking

As a four-time published author of Kansas-themed books, I tell Kansas stories throughout the state. I can speak with audiovisual equipment or without it.

Watch and listen to interviews: KWCH, April 28, 2023 | KSN Joplin, June 23, 2023 | KSN Wichita, June 28, 2023 | High Plains Public Radio, June 29, 2023 | Kansas Public Radio, June 29, 2023 |

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Honors and awards

The 2020s

TravMedia Mover & Shaker Award
March 2024 Mover and Shaker

2024 — Received a Mover and Shaker recognition from, the “travel industry’s global media network.”

Roadie cat, the STE Superstar certificate, and promotional items
Roadie cat guards the second STE Superstar award certificate.

2024 — Received a second STE Superstar Award from Southern Travelers Explore in Gulf Shores, Alabama.

Midwest Travel Network Collaboration Award recipients
Recipients present at the 2023 Midwest Travel Network Conference were (from left): Roxie Yonkey, Amy Piper, Dusty and Kelly Ratcliff, Sara Broers, Lisa Trudell, Jamie Ward, Theresa Goodrich, and Veronica Bareman.

2023 — Received Collaboration of the Year from Midwest Travel Network. The citation reads, “When the pandemic hit, many of us were stuck at home. What we did have was content. Dannelle Gay of Wisconsin came up with the idea, “Let’s write a book featuring Midwest Road Trips.” It quickly came to fruition, as the Midwest Travel Network had connections to people from each Midwest state.

Fast forward two years later, Midwest Road Trip Adventures & Midwest State Park Adventures are both #1 selling books. After a struggle with the first publisher, Theresa Goodrich took over as the publisher. Together, Dannelle & Theresa are leading a huge collaboration through this series of books.”

2022 — Authored the book Secret Kansas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure. Signed contracts to write Historic Roadside Kansas and Amazing Kansas.

2023 Huck Boyd Award recipients
Kansas State University President Richard Linton (center) and the Huck Boyd Leader of the Year Award recipients.

2022 — Received the Kansas Leader of the Year Award in the Creative Arts category from the Huck Boyd Institute for Rural Development.

Travel bookstore: 100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die
Join the party and collect the 100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die!

2021 — Authored the book 100 Things to Do in Kansas Before You Die. Signed a contract to write the book Secret Kansas: A Guide to the Weird, Wonderful, and Obscure.

#STESuperstar sticker on an Amazon gift card
Roxie’s STE Superstar award

2021 — Named an STE Superstar at the Southern Travelers Explore Conference in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Rising Star Award

2020 — Received Midwest Travel Network’s Rising Star Award for travel bloggers who have been in business for two years or less.

Midwest Road Trip Adventures book
You must have this book before you go on a road trip!

2020 — Co-authored Midwest Road Trip Adventures with members of the Midwest Travel Network.

Land and Sky Scenic Byway kiosk
Roxie (right) with fellow Land and Sky Scenic Byway Committee members Donna Price and Mona Carver (center).

2020 — Named honorable mention Visitor Experience Award from National Scenic Byway Foundation for featuring Land and Sky Scenic Byway’s communities and points of interest during the Big Kansas Road Trip in May 2019.

2020 — Named honorable mention Interpretation Award as part of the Kansas Byways Program’s new kiosks and interpretive panels. Many of Roxie’s photos were included on Land and Sky’s panels.

Kansas Department of Agriculture contest winner
Roxie won first and second place in the Summer category in Kansas Department of Agriculture’s 2016 contest.

The 2010s

Work With Us KDS award
Roxie holds her Kansas Destination Specialist Award at the 2017 Kansas Tourism Conference.

2018 — Won Travel Industry Association of Kansas (TIAK) Visitor Guide (Designed In-House). The award came in the Small Budget Division (under $100,000 total income).

2017 — Earned Kansas Destination Specialist in TIAK’s certification program.

Work With Us WeKan! Award
Roxie was stunned beyond words to receive the WeKan! Award. Marci Penner (left) of the Kansas Sampler Foundation presented the award. Steve and Jane Fry of Elk Falls Pottery (at right) custom-crafted the WeKan! Award plate that Roxie is holding.

2017 — Won the WeKan! Award from Kansas Sampler Foundation. WeKan! recipients “have a cooperative spirit, show enthusiasm and dedication for their community, and [their] efforts have made a real difference in rural Kansas.” The award has no nomination process and is given once in a lifetime.

2016 — Won TIAK Print Marketing for Kansas I-70 Association’s Seventy on Kansas I-70 (PDF) campaign brochure.

2016 — Placed first and second in the Summer category in the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s photo contest.

2015 — Won TIAK Online Marketing Award (PDF) for and its Twitter and Facebook accounts, @VisitGoodland.

2015 — Named fifth of the Top 10 Kansas-Related Facebook Pages You Should Like by F*ck You, I’m From Kansas. FYIFK is a Facebook influencer with 108,000 likes.

2014 — Won Best of Show at High Plains Artfest in Oberlin, Kansas.

2013 — Named Juror’s Choice winner at High Plains Artfest.

2012 — Won Best in Class at High Plains Artfest.

2011 — Won TIAK Print Marketing Award for The Ultimate Guide to Northwest Kansas. The Ultimate Guide is about travel in the 18 Northwest Kansas counties.

2011 — Named People’s Choice Award winner, Flatlander Fall Festival Art Contest in Goodland, Kansas.

The 2000s

2005-07 — Received Silver Award each year from L.W. Barrett Co., Inc., for promotional product sales.

2001 — Won first place in Sportswriting (PDF) in Kansas Press Association (KPA) Daily Division I.

2000 — Named Friend of 4-H by Sherman County, Kansas, Extension District (Sherman County Extension is now Sunflower Extension District.)

2000 — Third place in sports coverage by KPA’s Weekly Division I.

The 1990s

1999 — Named Friend of Farm Bureau by Sherman County Farm Bureau.

Black & Gold Award
Accepting the Black & Gold Award from Girls’ Athletic Association President Angie Hallagin. Roxie was the first non-parent to receive the award.

1998 — Received Oscar Stauffer Award from Kansas High School Activities Association. The Stauffer Award honors KSHSAA’s sportswriter of the year.

1998 — Received Official Certificate of Congratulations from the Kansas House of Representatives.

1998 — Placed third in Sports Photography in Kansas Press Association‘s (KPA) Weekly Division II.

1998 — Placed third in Spot News in KPA’s Weekly Division II.

1998 — Placed third in Sports Photography in KPA’s Weekly Division II.

1998 — Placed honorable mention in Sports Writing in KPA’s Weekly Division II.

1997 — Won Sports Column Writing in KPA’s Weekly Division II.

1997 — Placed third in Sports Writing in KPA’s Weekly Division II.

1997 — Recognized for Distinguished Media Publicity from the Goodland Ambassadors Club.

1996 — Named Woman of the Year by Goodland (Kan.) Business & Professional Women.

1996 — Placed third in Spot News for KPA’s Weekly Division II.

1996 — Placed third in Editorial Pages for KPA’s Weekly Division II.

1996 — Placed second in Best Use of More Than One Color’s Weekly Division from the Kansas Newspaper Advertising Association (KNAA).

1996 — Placed honorable mention in Best Single Ad – Black and White in Weekly Division II from the KNAA.

1995 — Won General Excellence Award in KPA’s Weekly Division I. The award is given to the best newspaper in the category.

1995 — Placed second in KPA’s Weekly Division I’s Editorial Page contest.

1991 — Received Black & Gold Award from Goodland High’s Girls Athletic Association. The award is given “for support and service to Goodland High School activities.”

1991 — Placed third in Commentary category in KPA’s Daily Division I.

1991 — Earned honorable mention for Sportswriting in KPA’s Daily Division I.

The 1980s

1989 — Named Best in the Nation for single-sport brochure in College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Division B.

1989 — Named Best in the Nation for women’s field hockey brochure in CoSIDA Division B.

1988 — Named Fourth Best in the Nation from CoSIDA for men’s basketball brochure.

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