Archive for Monday, May 12, 2014

Former Tonganoxie, Basehor-Linwood teacher joins Mirror staff as advertising executive

May 12, 2014

Mirror advertising executive Jade Sparks has accepted a new position at the Lawrence Journal-World, but a familiar face in the area has joined The Mirror as its new advertising representative.

Sparks, who joined The World Company last December, is the new real estate multimedia account executive at the Lawrence Journal-World.

Joining The Mirror is John Robison, a former teacher at Basehor-Linwood and Tonganoxie.

Robison spent the last seven years as owner and artistic director of the Roving Imp Theater, an improvisational comedy theater that opened in 2007 in Bonner Springs.

A Basehor-Linwood High School graduate, Robison earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kansas University and a master’s in business administration from the University of Missouri — Columbia.

He taught at Basehor-Linwood Middle School (1998-2000), Basehor-Linwood High School (2000-01), and Tonganoxie High School (2002-04). Before his teaching career, Robison worked as a reporter and photographer for the Bonner Springs Chieftain and Basehor Sentinel from 1994-98. He also is the former artistic director of Bonner Springs’ community theater group “Better than Fair Players” from 1996-2003.

Some of Robison’s hobbies are performing and directing community theater plays and musicals in Kansas City, Lawrence and Topeka, singing jazz, standards and musical theaters in concerts, bird watching and photography.

Robison will handle accounts in the Tonganoxie area, as well as Basehor, Bonner Springs and extended areas of Wyandotte and Leavenworth counties. Diana Lynn, who is an advertising executive at the Shawnee Dispatch, previously handled Basehor, Bonner Springs and surrounding areas. Her expertise now will be west Shawnee, Olathe, Overland Park and De Soto.

Robison can be reached at or 913-845-2222.


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