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The Wire Staff

Althea McMickell

Andrew Roger

Angel Ruiz Flores

Cris Averett

Jason Kuiper

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Jeni Radik

Justin Gallegos

Jodi Baker

Joe Comstock

Jamie Wagner

Laura King-Homan

Managing Editor for The Wire

Mary Oswald

Paula Lukowski

Terry Zank

Tony Dreibus

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Althea McMickell

Althea McMickell is a contributor to Omaha Public Power District's The Wire, including the Grab your Gloves video series.

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Andrew Roger

Andrew Roger is a contributor to The Wire and digital media coordinator at Omaha Public Power District. With 10 years of video production and photography experience, Andrew helps shape the image of OPPD and its employees through The Wire. Andrew and his wife keep busy with their toddler and a baby on the way. When he’s not playing on the floor with his family, Andrew works on remodeling his Midtown home, goes to local music and art shows, watches movies at Film Streams, home brews, works on video projects with his friends, and dreams about running the Dundee Theatre.

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Angel Ruiz Flores

Angel Ruiz Flores, an Omaha South High School graduate, is a Legacy I3 student interning at OPPD. Angel works in Economic Development, Corporate Marketing & Communications, and Government Relations. He will be attending Metro Community College to pursue an Associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. He plans to pursue a career in economic development. Angel enjoys spending time with his family, volunteering with Young Nebraskans in Action, and relaxing at home.

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Cris Averett

Cris Averett is responsible for communications at OPPD’s Fort Calhoun Station, as well as an array of communications projects across the district. Whenever feasible, Cris enjoys spending time with his wife and offspring, listening to music, tinkering with toys and playing a splendid game of cribbage.

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Jason Kuiper

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Jason Kuiper joined OPPD as a communications specialist in 2015. He is a former staff writer and reporter at the Omaha World-Herald, where he covered a wide range of topics but spent the majority of his career covering crime. He is a graduate of the University of Nebraska at Omaha and has also appeared in several true crime documentary shows. In his free time he enjoys cooking, spending time with his wife and three children, and reading crime novels.

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Jeni Radik

Jeni Radik, a contributor to The Wire, is a jack-of-all-trades. A student at the University of Phoenix, Jeni is pursuing a communications degree, with a technology focus. She acquired the gift of gab as a cosmetologist, which she put to good use in other fields. She landed in the OPPD call center in 2008, graduating to Corporate Marketing & Communications. With 25 years’ worth of customer service skills, she morphed into a communications assistant, which is a good fit. When Jeni is not studying, she is spending time with her children, reveling with her grandchildren and bowling (she once rolled a perfect 300), among other activities.

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Justin Gallegos

Justin Gallegos, an Omaha South High School graduate, is pursuing his education in the fine arts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. He is part of the Legacy I3 program at OPPD. Justin works in Corporate Marketing and Communications at the utility. When Justin isn't working, he enjoys spending his free time outdoors, running, creating art, and most importantly, being with his family.

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Jodi Baker

Jodi Baker writes stories and shoots videos for The Wire. Jodi was a television news reporter before she came to work for OPPD as a media specialist in 2013. Jodi earned her degree in broadcasting from the University of Nebraska-Omaha. She's worked for news stations from her hometown of Omaha to sunny San Diego. She’s married with two bright and energetic children (a boy and a girl) and an allergy-ridden little Cairn Terrier. She and her husband enjoy catching up on some grown-up DVR time once the kiddos are asleep.

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Joe Comstock

Joe Comstock, after 16 years of working as a designer, art director, illustrator and sculptor in Los Angeles, moved back to Omaha and is currently the creative coordinator for OPPD’s Corporate Marketing & Communications. Skilled in all things creative, he can make the mundane - magical, the trite - tantalizing and the difficult – digestible. Along with being a lover of alliteration, he has a keen interest in golf, paintball, hunting and not doing yard work. His California wife moved back with him and loves everything but the winters. His two children are both stand-up comedians.

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Jamie Wagner

Jamie Wagner joined OPPD as a Community Relations Project Manager in November 2018. Her focus is engaging members of the community and increasing awareness and reach of OPPD’s outreach efforts. Jamie thoroughly enjoys live music with her husband and occasionally drags her kids along, too.

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Laura King-Homan

Managing Editor for The Wire

Laura King-Homan is the managing editor of The Wire and a communications specialist at the Omaha Public Power District. She has nearly 20 years of print journalism and design experience, including the Omaha World-Herald.

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Mary Oswald

Mary Oswald joined Omaha Public Power District in 2018 as a corporate marketing and communications generalist after 16 years in employee communications at First National Bank.

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Paula Lukowski

Paula Lukowski has more than 34 years of corporate communications experience. In recent years, Paula has helped improve timeliness and transparency at OPPD by streamlining communications via low-cost and no-cost technologies. Paula and her husband, Mark, have two grown children, Rachel and John.

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Terry Zank

Terry Zank is a contributor to The Wire and senior publications coordinator at OPPD. He and his wife, Melissa, have three sons, ages 12 to 23, and a shichon puppy. Terry coaches his youngest son’s YMCA soccer team, and plays in the OPPD racquetball league. In his spare time, Terry wishes he had some spare time.

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Tony Dreibus

Tony Dreibus is a freelance reporter and editor based in Austin, Texas, who grew up in Omaha where he attended high school and college and worked for several local publications. In 2006 he was hired by Bloomberg News to cover commodities working in Chicago and London. After almost eight years at Bloomberg, Dreibus was hired as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal before moving to Austin to pursue a freelance career.

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