The Joplin Globe, Joplin, MO

December 28, 2012

Journalist makes Missouri Scout end-of-year list

Yokley to cover state Legislature for The Joplin Globe

From staff reports

OKLAHOM — Who won the year?

According to Missouri Scout, a political intelligence and analysis news service, Eli Yokley, of Webb City, was among the “Who Won the Year?” winners.

Dave Drebes, who has operated the state political news service since 2007, released his tongue-in-cheek list on Friday.

Under the media list, Yokley got this nod: “Eli Yokley could write an e-book: ‘How to Start a Blog, Work Your A-- Off and Get Multiple Job Offers While Still in College.’”

One of the offers that Yokley has accepted will make his byline a weekly fixture in The Joplin Globe while the Missouri Legislature is in session.

Carol Stark, editor of the Globe, said Yokley will work as the Globe’s statehouse correspondent, filing stories — particularly those of interest to Southwest Missouri readers — from the session’s beginning to end.

“We think Eli will fill the void in our coverage at the Capitol that’s been missing since the death of longtime correspondent James Wolfe,” Stark said. “Eli has a tireless work ethic, and he’s known to anybody and everybody who is in political office in Missouri.”

Yokley earlier this year covered several statewide campaigns for the Globe, including the U.S. Senate race in which incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated her controversial opponent U.S. Rep. Todd Akin in the November election.

Yokley, 20, a junior at the University of Missouri-Columbia, is a full-time college student and heads the blog PoliticMo. It has been ranked as one of the nation’s best blogs for state politics by The Washington Post.

Yokley said he does not think of himself so much as a blogger, but as a journalist.

In a recent interview, Yokley said: “Whenever I think ‘blogger,’ I think of partisan guys who sit in their basements and yell about things from the left or right. That’s not what I do.”

Yokley is a Webb City High School graduate. He attended Missouri Southern State University before transferring to the University of Missouri.

Missouri Scout

According to the Missouri Scout website, it describes itself as a source of information for politicians, consultants, staffers and lobbyists involved in Missouri politics.