Washington Chamber of Commerce to Host Netherlands Journalist Laila Frank


Laila Frank is one of the leading journalists on America in the Netherlands, and she is working on a podcast-project called ‘Welcome to Washington’. Laila is visiting eight different Washington’s during her travels, as it’s the most common place name in the States.

She’ll be visiting 8 different Washington’s, and has selected Washington, Kansas, as one of her destinations. She is researching stories on change; what change is needed in the places that she visits; what makes people want to change things, and how does change become reality?

She is also curious about the challenges associated with keeping health care related service in the community alive, since in the Netherlands, they have similar struggles with keeping small towns alive.

Laila will be in Washington, Kansas from October 3rd through 8th, and will be visiting various businesses and families in an effort to gain some information on our community.

During her visit, the Washington Chamber of Commerce will be hosting a welcome event in the FNB Basement, 101 C Street, on October 5, from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm, with Laila as the featured guest.

The Chamber is inviting Chamber members, citizens, business owners, and anyone else who would like to attend, to join us for a light meal of soup and sandwiches and a chance to meet Laila and visit about our wonderful Washington community!

Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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