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Between the Lines September/October 2022

Aug 29, 2022 03:41PM ● By Omaha Magazine
headshots of three contributors to Omaha Magazine

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Patrick McGee—Freelance Writer

McGee is an attorney and self-taught naturalist born and raised in Omaha. His interests include public service, hiking, fishing (mostly catch-and-release), foraging, and anything that involves exploring the  outdoors and getting dirty. He enjoys writing pieces on sustainable living and environmental conservation because he enjoys the privilege of working with, and learning from, professionals in niche environmental disciplines, many of whom do not have the audience in which to spread their important messages about sustainability. His pieces have appeared in  Omaha Magazine, Omaha Home, B2B, and, formerly, in Encounter.  His legal writing is frequently featured in Nebraska’s state and federal courts, where he practices litigation in the public interest.

Natalie McGovern—Freelance Writer

McGovern is a freelance writer and regularly contributes theater and music reviews to The Reader. Her work has been featured in, Simply KC, and  Ask the Crown. In addition to writing, McGovern is an avid performer and enjoys participating in theater locally and performing acoustic music in the folk duo Ember & Oak. McGovern has a bachelor’s in communication from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and holds the Poynter ACES Certificate in Editing.

James Vnuk—Freelance Writer

Outside of a brief experience living and working in China’s “Beer City” of Qingdao, Vnuk has been a lifelong Nebraskan–born in Kearney and educated in Lincoln before settling in Omaha. Today he works full time as an English instructor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, teaching courses in composition, English as a second language, classical literature, and even science fiction. He’s been a contributor to Omaha Magazine since 2015. But, it took time working as a telemarketer, a bookseller, and a financial services representative before getting to today. Current projects include supporting his wife’s nature conservation efforts, editing an upcoming department textbook, essaying on media and culture, and being a guinea pig dad. He also enjoys cooking and tinkering with vintage computers and video game consoles. Vnuk said he’s a proud union man.

This article originally appeared in the September/October 2022 issue of Omaha Magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.  

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