About Nancy Stiles

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Nancy Stiles lives in St. Louis with her dog, Captain, and her cat, Molly. She has a bachelor's in Journalism from the University of Missouri and a master's in Journalism from New York University, and is currently working on a book about the Muench baby hoax of 1935.

Articles written by Nancy Stiles

‘Completely Unplugged’

Chris Benjamin hits the trails 100 miles at a time

Even if you’re a runner, Chris Benjamin admits the sport isn’t always enjoyable—especially when you hit mile 50. “I just fell apart,” he says of his first 100-mile race, in the summer of 2012. “I had to walk 25, 30 miles. What’s weird is that, even though it felt like death, I became addicted to it.” Benjamin, who has now run 65 marathons and ultramarathons, never saw himself as a runner growing up. “When I was a kid, I was always a little bit on the heavy side. But when I was …

Building Community

Gaye Tibbets has rekindled her love for local theater

It took the death of a friend for Gaye Tibbets to return to the stage after a 30-year absence. The Wichita-based employment and labor attorney majored in theater in college before pivoting to law school and building a three-decade career in employment law. When her friend, Wichita lawyer Doug Stanley, passed about a decade ago, she decided to pursue her initial passion. “I went directly from the funeral to an audition, because I realized there were things in my life I was not making time …

Ed V. Traditional Advertising

How Ed Herman amassed millions of YouTube views

As a lawyer with a statewide presence, Ed Herman gets recognized occasionally. Recently, though, the interactions have been a little different. “I took an Uber yesterday, and when the door opened, the driver just totally went nuts,” Herman says with a laugh. He assumed the driver mistook him for someone else. “But then, he’s like, ‘I love that bathroom video,’ and he wanted to take pictures. It was a really cool moment.” In November 2018, Herman’s firm, Brown & Crouppen, was …

Fully Engaged

Ashley Atwell-Soler’s language skills have put her in high demand

Ashley Atwell-Soler arrived in Washington, D.C., in the fall of 2001. With no furniture in her apartment, she was gearing up for a sure-to-be stressful trip to Ikea on the morning of Tuesday, September 11. Then she heard the sonic boom.  “That morning, I remember being excited,” she recalls. “Then I heard the noise and went to the lobby of my building. We were all standing around this 10- or 13-inch TV trying to figure out what was going on. … For a few days, I thought, ‘What am I …

Close to Her Heart

Kristine Helen Bridges has helped dozens seek protective orders

Before COVID-19, Kristine Helen Bridges was often paid in hugs. Nearly 15 years ago, she began taking pro bono work on behalf of victims of domestic violence after Katie Wessling—with what’s now called the Crime Victim Center—did a presentation at Thompson Coburn’s St. Louis office. Hearing about the work the organization was doing to get protective orders, Bridges immediately signed up.  “I felt like I needed to represent these women who needed help. [They] are really brave to come …

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