Mary Jo Draper is an author and the editor of the online news site the Midtown KC Post,  which explores the history of Midtown Kansas City. She lives in the Valentine neighborhood and has been active for several decades in neighborhood issues and activities. Draper worked for 15 years as a reporter and news director of KCUR radio, Kansas City’s public radio station. In 1999, She founded Draper Communications, which helps nonprofits organizations, government entities and neighborhoods with public involvement and other communications services. She is the author of Kansas City’s Historic Midtown Neighborhoods and is on work on a book about the Valentine area.