Abigail Wilson

Reporter

Abigail Wilson joined the KMUW team in April 2014. Born and raised in a small Colorado mountain town, she is still getting used to being a flatlander.

After graduating from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan. with degrees in journalism and Spanish, Abigail worked as the news editor of the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kan. where her primary focus was covering crime news. After she decided to literally “get the hell out of Dodge,” Abigail worked as a professional photographer and freelance journalist. She is currently pursuing her Master of Arts in communication at Wichita State University.

Abigail enjoys photography and gardening as well as hanging out with her two roommates of the feline persuasion.

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Issues
4:00 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

UPDATE: City Crews Working On Bypass Pipe Following Water Main Line Leak

Water from the leaking pipe near Wichita's water treatment facility. The water is leaking at a rate of two gallons per minute.
Credit City Of Wichita

Update 01/27/15:

Crews are making progress building a bypass pipe after a leak was discovered last week near the city's water treatment plant. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Crews are still working to bypass the main line that carries water to Wichita from Cheney Reservoir and the Equus Beds Aquifer. Alan King, director of public works, said the completion date for the bypass pipe has been bumped back to Thursday because of snags in the process including the availability of parts.

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History
5:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Solomon Butler, First Black Kansas Olympian

Paul Oberg scrapes away the ice from Solomon Butler's grave marker.
Abigail Wilson

In 1920, Wichita resident Solomon Butler made history as the first black Kansan to compete in the Olympics. Butler spent his childhood in Wichita. Following his death in 1954, he was buried in Wichita's Maple Grove Cemetery.

KMUW’s Abigail Wilson takes us to his grave, which a couple of weeks ago was hidden under snow and ice . . .

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Government
10:12 am
Fri January 16, 2015

No Women In Kansas Statewide Elected Office

Pioneer Women Memorial on the grounds of the Kansas State Capitol building in Topeka - Artist: Robert Merrell Gage
Credit Joseph Novak, flickr Creative Commons

For the first time since 1966, there are no women holding elected statewide office in Kansas. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger left office Monday, January 12. And since that day, when new oaths were sworn, all eight of Kansas' statewide elected officials are men. The offices include governor, lieutenant governor, U.S. senators, treasurer, attorney general, secretary of state and insurance commissioner.

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Economy
12:03 pm
Thu January 15, 2015

Bombardier Cuts 620 Jobs In Wichita

Learjet 85
Credit wikipedia.org

Bombardier Inc. announced Thursday that it laid off 620 people in Wichita. The layoffs took effect that same morning. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Bombardier says it's going to layoff about 1,000 employees from its Learjet business in 2015, including the 620 in Wichita. The Montreal-based company said the cuts are due to weak demand for the Learjet 85 business jet, despite a predicted rebound in the small- and medium-sized business jet market this year.

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Crime and Courts
12:24 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Authorities Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting

Credit Matt Lehrer, flickr Creative Commons

    

Authorities are continuing an investigation into the death of a Wichita man who was shot and killed by police Saturday night. The officers involved in the shooting have been placed on paid administrative leave. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

In a written statement outlining the shooting, Wichita Police Chief Nelson Mosley says there are still several questions that need to be answered.

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Military
5:00 am
Tue December 23, 2014

Absent Without Leave? Or A Missing Person?

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In the United States Army, there are certain protocols regarding soldiers who leave their posts without permission and are considered absent without leave or AWOL. But what happens when a family considers their loved one not AWOL, but a missing person? KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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Education
3:34 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

WSU Receives $11.25M: Largest Corporate Foundation Gift To Date

Elizabeth King WSU Foundation president and CEO
Credit Abigail Wilson

The largest corporate foundation gift in the history of Wichita State University was announced Tuesday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more….

Wichita State University will receive $11.25 million from Koch Industries and the Fred and Mary Koch Foundation. President John Bardo says it will be split five ways.

"It really covers almost the whole waterfront of the University," says Bardo. "Obviously, it starts in athletics and will help us expand our capacities around Koch Arena. That’s particularly important as athletics is always an arms race and this gets us the next step.”

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Agriculture
3:47 pm
Mon December 15, 2014

New Investigation Unit Formed To Combat Cattle Theft

The state of Kansas is creating a new investigative unit to combat an increase in cattle theft, a result of record cattle prices. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more….

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt and the Kansas Department of Agriculture announced a joint agreement Monday to form a new investigation unit.

The unit will help local law enforcement agencies investigate suspected cattle thefts.

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Sports
4:43 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wichita Native Becomes Adaptive Bobsledding Hopeful

Lance Roop in his home.
Credit Abigail Wilson

    

A Wichita native is hoping to make history and pave the way for other disabled athletes by driving an adaptive bobsled in the 2018 Winter Paralympics. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

He was the quarterback in high school. He played in the outfield on the school's baseball team. He was a lifelong athlete with a complete love for the game. It was an April morning in 2008, during Lance Roop’s junior year at Campus High School.

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Health
12:52 pm
Tue November 25, 2014

Donor Breast Milk Gives Preemies A Fighting Chance

Credit Courtesy Wesley Medical Center

More than 6,000 babies are delivered annually at Wesley Medical Center in Wichita, 1,000 of them require special care. And for a certain at-risk population in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit even more care is needed. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…

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