Hometown: La Mesa, CA
Current residence: Eden Prairie, MN
Birthday: May 30
Kevira Voegele has been a community journalist since 2000. She has worked at newspapers in Benson, Austin, Owatonna, Waseca, Faribault and Kenyon, MN. For 3.5 years she worked at the Wenatchee World newspaper in Wenatchee, WA, before returning to Minnesota in June 2011.
As a reporter Voegele has covered city council, county board, religion, education, health, cops and courts. She has supervised community journalists since 2003, and has accepted Minnesota Newspaper Awards for design, special sections and general excellence.
Patch.com is her first online-only news experience. She currently supervises the following Patch websites: Eden Prairie, Edina, Fridley, Golden Valley, Hopkins, Inver Grove Heights, Maple Grove, Mendota Heights, Minnetonka, Richfield, Southwest Minneapolis, St. Louis Park and St. Michael.
Voegele is married to a fellow journalist, Corey Voegele. They met when they worked at the Owatonna People's Press in Owatonna, MN. They have one cat, Moxie.
Voegele is an obsessed genealogist. She also enjoys hiking, drawing, reading and watching movies. Some of her favorite TV shows—"Firefly," "Pushing Daisies" and "Twin Peaks"—have been canceled before their time.
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I am registered as an independent. I was raised conservative.
For the most part, politics frustrates me. I believe the system is broken, but I also think we have the best system in the world. What's broken, of course, are some of the people who lead us; they're selfish, petty and incapable of compromise. They take complex issues and turn them into soundbites. The truth is most issues have many facets. I have supported candidates who seemed to understand that and presented themselves articulately. And yes, I vote in every election.
I was raised Lutheran but converted to Catholicism in 2004. Like politics, I believe religion is complex and nuanced. I believe there are many paths to God and wouldn't presume to say who is and isn't going to go to Heaven.
I believe in Jesus and his most important commandment: Love one another. If we remembered that more often, I believe the rest of our behaviors would fall into place.
I also have integrated some Lakota beliefs into my daily practices.