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Polly Van Doren Orr


Silver Circle Committee


“I am so excited to join the Mid-America NATAS group. It will be a privilege to help honor our region’s finest journalists.”

Polly began her news career in at WPSD in Paducah as an anchor/reporter and went on to work in the same role at a station in Evansville, Indiana, where she added Managing Editor to her primary anchor duties. Her longest tenure was at KOLR in Springfield, where she worked eighteen years, with fourteen years as News Director. After serving as News Director at stations in New York and Ohio, Polly and her husband are back in their native Missouri. She is currently Executive Producer at WDAF in Kansas City. Polly’s teams have won Emmy awards, Regional and National Murrow awards, the Casey Medal and dozens of Missouri Broadcasters Association awards and other state awards. She has served as a leadership coach for RTDNA and is a graduate of The Carole Kneeland Project and numerous Poynter Institute programs.

Polly and her husband have a married daughter who lives in Springfield. Her interests include travel, music and spending time with the family’s menagerie of pets.