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Megan joined Patch.com in June 2011 and launched Ankeny Patch on July 7, 2011. She now serves as a field editor, handling social media, aggregation and real-time news for all central Iowa Patch sites including Ames, Ankeny, Johnston, Urbandale, Waukee, and West Des Moines.
A native of Mason City, Megan attended North Iowa Area Community College before transferring to the University of Iowa where she received a degree in journalism. Following college, she interned at The Gazette in Iowa City and spent a year as a reporter for the Jackson County Chronicle, a weekly newspaper in Black River Falls, Wis. Megan then returned to Iowa and spent two years as editor of the Britt News-Tribune before coming to Patch.
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I don't belong to any political group. I tend to lean more to the left when it comes to my personal beliefs and ideologies, but more to the right when talking of fiscal responsibility. Ultimately, I believe we should be more interested in ideas than political affiliations when it comes to choosing those who represent us and make the decisions that ultimately will affect our lives.
I have standard Christian beliefs, although I have never belonged to a specific denomination.