Steve Vockrodt

Steve Vockrodt

Steve Vockrodt is an investigative journalist who has reported in Kansas City since 2005. Areas of reporting interest include business, politics, justice issues and breaking news investigations. As investigative editor for the Midwest Newsroom, he provides direction and guidance for reports around the region and continues to produce his own stories. You can reach him at [email protected]

Parkade Baptist Church in Columbia, Missouri, is where Dale G. Johnson was a youth director before he was sentenced in 2016 to prison for child sex crimes. He was one of several people with ties to Southern Baptists who were named in a report out Thursday. (Kristofor Husted/The Midwest Newsroom)

Midwest church figures on Southern Baptist Convention list of accused sex abusers

By: - May 28, 2022

The Southern Baptist Convention on Thursday released a once-secret and lengthy list of accused sex abusers — several of whom are in the Midwest — within the denomination. The 205-page list is a compilation of ministers and other church workers who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. The list is described as a “fluid, […]

Contract for Deed: The promise of homeownership that often leaves Midwest buyers out in the cold

By: and - March 5, 2022

Most Americans who want to own a house — and can afford it — follow a fairly straightforward path to their dreams. They start with a loan from a bank or mortgage company, institutions that are subject to state and federal regulations. When buyers close on the home they want, the agreement is registered with […]