Gov. Laura Kelly stands next to Rayna Karst, Emporia State alumna and former Bulletin editor, during Karst's first week working as communications coordinator for Gov. Laura Kelly. Karst graduated in 2018 with a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in Journalism.

A recent Emporia State graduate and former editor of the campus newspaper, The Bulletin, has been named communications coordinator for Gov. Laura Kelly.

Rayna Karst, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English and a minor in Journalism in 2018, began her job in August. She is part of a three-person communications team, including the director of communications and the press secretary, at the governor’s office in Topeka.

Karst duties include helping the team handle press inquiries, write press releases, draft speeches, and post to social media.

“We were pleased to welcome Rayna to the team as our new communication coordinator,” Dena Sattler, director of communications, said in a prepared statement. “Rayna has already hit the ground running with solid contributions in communications for Gov. Kelly and the team. It’s clear that Rayna came to us well prepared to tackle the writing and social media responsibilities of our office.”

Karst was editor-in-chief of the campus newspaper from 2017-2018. After graduation, Karst worked for a year as a reporter for "The Joplin Globe" newspaper in Southwest Missouri. She grew up on a farm near Rush Center, in west central Kansas.

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