Carla Eckels has been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 15 years. Carla also produces a R&B and gospel show Soulsations, Sunday nights at 6 on KMUW.  She also hosts Joyful Sounds, a Sunday morning gospel radio show on the internet Grown Folk Jamz.  Prior to KMUW, she was the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition at WYSO public radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio and co-hosted a nationally syndicated Gospel Countdown Radio show in Cincinnati. 

Carla has reported on national news stories such as the BTK serial killer case, Roeder trial, Greensburg tornadoes and the 1958 Dockum Drug Store sit-in for NPR.  The Dockum feature was the number one listened to story on KMUW’s website in 2007.

She started working in public radio as an intern to fulfill a degree requirement while studying at Antioch College in Ohio. At WYSO she fell in love with public radio and went on to earn a graduate certificate from the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and a Master of Arts in Social Documentation degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

While a graduate student in Santa Cruz, Briana worked as a fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered at KUSP.

After graduating, she went on to host All Things Considered at the same station. In her free time, Briana likes watching documentary films, cooking, eating and grocery shopping.

Bill was born and raised in a sod hut on the Kansas plains.

And then he graduated with a degree in clarinet performance from Simpson College in Indianola. While in Iowa, Pearce worked at a commercial radio station playing pop-like music records and reading news. 

Transportation
12:34 pm
Fri May 18, 2012

Wichita Transit Board Wants Quarter-Cent Sales Tax Increase

Wichita transit advisory board members voted Friday for a quarter-cent sales tax increase to be put on the ballot. The additional money would attempt to stabilize the city’s bus system, which was just recently spared additional cuts to service.

The next step is for the Wichita City Council to consider the request and determine when to put the issue on the ballot or if it should go to a public vote at all.

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Food
5:00 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Food Insecurity

Kansas Food Bank

I am thankful every day that I am able to afford to buy the food I want to eat. I haven’t always had that luxury. I ate a lot of beans and tortillas when I was in my 20s, and have had to make the choice between gasoline and groceries many times. My financial situation has improved considerably since then, but I know what it’s like to be worried about food.

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Government
12:37 pm
Thu May 17, 2012

Ceremony Honors Fallen Officers

A ceremony honoring fallen law enforcement officers of Sedgwick County will take place noon Friday in the City Council Chambers of City Hall in downtown Wichita.

Twenty-nine officers have fallen in the line of duty since 1871, including 19 Wichita police officers, eight Sedgwick County Sheriff’s deputies and one officer each from Derby and Clearwater.

For the first time in more than 14 years, more deaths occurred by gunshot in 2011 than traffic accidents.

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She is a graduate of Wichita State University and has lived in the Wichita-metro area her entire life.

She loves public radio for its diverse content of news, music and entertainment. Specifically, she loves Wichita Public Radio because of its dedication to local news coverage and relationship with the art community.

And even though she can’t run as far or as fast as Zack Gingrich-Gaylord, it is her preferred mode of exercise with a LDR of 13.1 miles!

If you want to know about her love of the Dave Matthews Band and potato chips, you should follow her on Twitter.

Arson
10:00 am
Wed May 16, 2012

Reward Offered In 2011 Mosque Arson

The FBI and the Wichita Fire Department announced Wednesday the ATF will offer a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for fire at the Islamic Association of Mid-Kansas.

The fire was reported around 12:45PM on October 31, 2011 and caused approximately $150,000 in damage. No injuries were reported.

The ongoing criminal investigation is being conducted by ATF, FBI and the Wichita Fire Department. 

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