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Lu Anne has held many positions at KMUW, including local Morning Edition host and reporter/editor. In addition to her current duties as Program Director, Lu Anne produces KMUW’s “New Settler’s Radio Hour” and countless special productions. After studying Music Performance and Journalism at Pittsburg State University, Lu completed her degree at Wichita State University in 1995. She has won several awards for journalistic excellence since she has been at KMUW.
Larry Bennett’s working career has been divided between sales and operations. Starting as a production worker in a walk-in freezer factory, he worked in every functional group except accounting and held positions as Western Regional Sales Manager, National Accounts Sales Manager and Operations Manager for two local manufacturing companies.
A two-year residence on the West Coast introduced Larry to community radio and he helped found KZFR in Chico, Calif., in 1990. In addition, he spent 17 years working as a volunteer with non-commercial radio stations in California and Kansas. That passion led to his current work helping organizations throughout Central Kansas make connections to the unique group of listeners and members of Wichita Public Radio.
Frank James joined NPR News in April 2009 to launch the blog, "The Two-Way," with co-blogger Mark Memmott.
"The Two-Way" is the place where NPR.org gives readers breaking news and analysis — and engages users in conversations ("two-ways") about the most compelling stories being reported by NPR News and other news media.
James came to NPR from the Chicago Tribune, where he worked for 20 years. In 2006, James created "The Swamp," the paper's successful politics and policy news blog whose readership climbed to a peak of 3 million page-views a month.
Before that, James covered homeland security, technology and privacy and economics in the Tribune's Washington Bureau. He also reported for the Tribune from South Africa and covered politics and higher education.
James also reported for The Wall Street Journal for nearly 10 years.
James received a bachelor of arts degree in English from Dickinson College and now serves on its board of trustees.
Jon Cyphers has served as Director of Engineering for KMUW and WRRS since 2006. However, his first encounter with the station was in 1994 as a WSU student, when he co-hosted New Counterpoint. Jon also helped start New Settlers’ Radio Hour with Lu Anne Stephens almost 15 years ago and has recorded more than 200 studio sessions and live concerts. Jon is happy to be working at Wichita Public Radio and says his favorite NPR shows are Wait Wait . . . Don’t Tell Me, Car Talk and Science Friday.
Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi-weekly trends commentary “Into It,” as well as “Musical Space” and he produces and writes KMUW’s bi-weekly theatre roundup “At Play.” He received his MFA in creative writing (fiction) from Wichita State University in 2001 (where he was a Creative Writing Fellow) and holds a B.A. in English (with an emphasis in writing) from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.
Beaudoin hosts Wichita Sessions on KPTS Channel 8. The show, which features local and regional music acts in performance, is now in its third season. Since 1999 he has worked as a freelance journalist. He served as music critic and editor for two Wichita alternative newspapers, F5 (2003-06) and Wichita City Paper (of which he was also managing editor, 2006-07). He currently contributes music, film, and book reviews to PopMatters.com, where he also pens (alternating with two other writers) commentary on country music for the site’s “Kickin’ Up Dust” column.
A lifelong Wichitan, Heather has a passion and love for learning and education. She is currently studying anthropology at Wichita State University in hopes to one day combine her love of travel and education.
She also loves public radio and wants to inspire the demographic of young adults to become members and help support it.
When not in class or at the station, Heather takes part in community events and activities centered around local music and the arts, as well as volunteering, traveling, bike riding, going to movies, reading, writing, camping, gardening, cooking, practicing yoga and shooting billiards.
As a student intern in the programming department, Heather is an on-air announcer and provides production assistance.