Kevin Bersett is the editor-in-chief of Illinois State University’s research magazine, the Redbird Scholar. He also oversees the University’s style guide, edits publications and marketing materials for academic and nonacademic units, manages multiple social media accounts, and writes for the alumni magazine’s print and online publications. Bersett spent about a decade as a print and online journalist before arriving at Illinois State in 2012. He was the editor of the Rio Grande SUN, a weekly newspaper well-known in New Mexico for its investigative reporting and dedication to open government. He also worked as a crime and government reporter for the Belleville News-Democrat, a daily newspaper in the St. Louis area. He and that newspaper won several awards for a series he co-authored on the region’s surge in drug overdose deaths. Bersett thrives on writing about complicated subjects in ways that a general reader can find interesting.