About the Editors



RT&S is edited by full-time, professional journalists who understand engineering and maintenance-of-way. Their coverage of the market is so timely and so valuable that our readers report they read RT&S not just because it is good reading, but because it is must reading.


mischa-wanek-libman_lores.jpgMischa Wanek-Libman, Editor
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Mischa is originally from Grand Island, Neb., and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa, with a major in magazine journalism and minor in business management. She began her career in journalism and railroading at Railway Track & Structures in 2001 when she joined as assistant editor, before being named managing editor in 2008 and editor in 2010. 

Mischa has worked for 515 Magazine and Drake Magazine, both in Des Moines, and 08004homes.com in London, U.K.

KyraSenese144Kyra Senese, Assistant Editor
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Kyra Senese has joined the staff of Railway Track & Structures as Assistant Editor, reporting to RT&S Editor and Railway Age Engineering Editor Mischa Wanek-Libman.

Senese graduated from Columbia College Chicago in May 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism with a magazine writing and editing concentration. Prior to joining RT&S, she completed a research internship with Advertising Age. Her journalism career began as copy editor/copy chief at the student newspaper, The Columbia Chronicle, where she worked her way up, eventually being named as the paper’s editor-in-chief during her senior year. She oversaw a staff of 40 and expanded the number of special issues the paper produced.

Senese also serves as a mentor with the Columbia Links journalism program, which is a skills-building and leadership development program for youth and teachers in Chicago Public Schools.

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