About

Our Story

The Sentinel is an online news service that began publishing on January 30, 2017. We are an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that holds government and mainstream media accountable for providing complete, accurate and unbiased information so that citizens can make their own informed decisions on matters of public policy.

Our efforts are primarily focused on Kansas and western Missouri but not exclusively. We accept no government money and rely strictly on contributions from readers to support our work. We hope to add more reporters as funding becomes available and hope eventually to have at least one reporter in the major population centers.

Our Approach

In addition to original reporting, The Sentinel examines statements from state and local government officials and mainstream media outlets and provides supplemental information so that readers are better able to make their own informed decisions about matters of public policy. Our reporters are particularly testing for:

  • Accuracy – are the facts accurate and independently verified?
  • Full context – are stories presented in appropriate context (e.g., claims that funding is           being ‘cut’ when in fact funding is just not growing as fast as some prefer)? Has readily-available information been included that disputes claims by one party?
  • Bias – if viewpoints are included, are opposing viewpoints given equal consideration?             Are reporters injecting their own viewpoint into the story?

Our approach naturally results in criticism of media and government officials but our news reporting must always be professionally done in a matter-of-fact manner so as to foster civil discussion of the issues. Our mission of holding government and media accountable necessitates the exercise of judgement to achieve accountability and otherwise, our opinions will be reserved for the Editorial section.

Meet the Team

Jack Cashill – Editor
jack@sentinelksmo.org
Jack Cashill is an independent writer and producer and, on a contractual basis, the Executive Editor of Ingram’s Magazine. In addition to his work with Ingram’s, Jack has written for Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, AmericanThinker.com, and regularly for WorldNetDaily. Within the last decade Jack has written eight books of non-fiction — TWA 800: The Crash, The Cover-Up and The Conspiracy, First Strike, Ron Brown’s Body, Hoodwinked, Sucker Punch, What’s the Matter with California, and Deconstructing Obama. Three of his books have cracked Amazon’s top ten list. Jack has produced a score of documentaries for regional PBS and national cable channels, including the Emmy Award-winning, The Royal Years. Jack has a Ph.D. from Purdue University in American studies, has taught media and literature at Purdue and at Kansas City area universities, and served as a Fulbright professor in France.

 

Danedri Herbert – Editor
danedri@sentinelksmo.org
Danedri Herbert is an experienced journalist, most recently as an editor and reporter for Gardner News and a columnist for the Kansas City Star. Her work has also appeared in the Kansas City Star, the Hutchinson News, Budget and Tax News and K-Stater Magazine. She once won a competition for being the most average person and is listed in Kevin O’Keefe’s book, “The Average American: The Extraordinary Search for the Nation’s Most Ordinary Citizen.” Herbert graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in journalism. She and her husband live in Kansas with their deaf dog, Keller.

Board and Officers

Paul Soutar – Board Member
Paul Soutar started his journalism career in 1976 at a weekly newspaper in Maryland. He served for eight years as a U.S. Navy photographer and photojournalist and later worked in informational graphics and newspaper design at the Detroit Free Press, Detroit News and Knight-Ridder/Tribune Graphic Network in Washington, D.C. and the Wichita Eagle. In 2009 he became a watchdog over local, state and national government as an investigative reporter for the Kansas Policy Institute and the Franklin Center for Government and Public Integrity. He is self-employed and holds a communications degree from Syracuse University.

Al Higdon – Board Member
Al Higdon is the retired Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Sullivan Higdon & Sink, Inc. the largest advertising, marketing and public relations firm headquartered in Kansas. Upon his retirement in 1996, he became Professional-in-Residence for the Elliott School of Communication at Wichita State University. Higdon also formed and served as initial chair of the School’s first Advisory Council, mentored students and faculty members, led professional relationship building and fund-raising all on a pro bono basis. He earned a B.S. Business Administration from the University of Kansas in 1958 and a B.A. Journalism from Wichita State University in 1961.

John Lewis – Board Member

John Lewis is president of Lewis Legal News, Inc. and related companies that publish five weekly newspapers and process legal advertisements in newspapers throughout Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. He is also the principal at Gerard Wealth Management, a registered investment advisor based in Olathe, Kansas, and is a financial columnist for MarketWatch.com and SeekingAlpha.com. Mr. Lewis holds a B.S. in Accounting from Kansas State University.

Jack Cashill – President
Jack Cashill is an independent writer and producer and, on a contractual basis, the Executive Editor of Ingram’s Magazine. In addition to his work with Ingram’s, Jack has written for Fortune, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, The Weekly Standard, AmericanThinker.com, and regularly for WorldNetDaily. Within the last decade Jack has written eight books of non-fiction — TWA 800: The Crash, The Cover-Up and The Conspiracy, First Strike, Ron Brown’s Body, Hoodwinked, Sucker Punch, What’s the Matter with California, and Deconstructing Obama. Three of his books have cracked Amazon’s top ten list. Jack has produced a score of documentaries for regional PBS and national cable channels, including the Emmy Award-winning, The Royal Years. Jack has a Ph.D. from Purdue University in American studies, has taught media and literature at Purdue and at Kansas City area universities, and served as a Fulbright professor in France.

James Franko – Board Member
James Franko is the Vice President and Policy Director at Kansas Policy Institute. James has worked for two think tanks and another non-profit that provided public policy training to MBA candidates and corporate clients. He has published popular articles for a variety of news media outlets and policy analyses in his various think tank roles. Franko received his business administration degree from Kansas State University while dual majoring in marketing and entrepreneurship and earning a minor in economics.

Dave Trabert – Board Member, Secretary/Treasurer
Dave Trabert is President of Kansas Policy Institute, where he also does research and writes on fiscal policy and education issues. His commentaries have been published by The Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, The Washington Times, The Daily Caller and many Kansas newspapers. Prior to joining KPI, Trabert spent 30 years in the television industry and served as general manager of multiple stations, with oversight of news and other functions. He graduated cum laude from West Liberty State College with a degree in Business Administration and a major in Accounting.