Abigail Wilson


Abigail Wilson joined the KMUW team in April 2014. Born and raised in a small Colorado mountain town, she adheres to the advice of Albert Einstein.

“Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving.” And since balance is not her strong suit, movement is one thing that Abigail finds essential both physically and mentally. Hence her love of public radio.

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.


6:56 am
Thu October 2, 2014

Climbing to the Crash Site: A Suvivor Remembers The WSU Crash Of 1970



Forty-four years ago today, a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado. The plane hit the side of a mountain and 31 people were killed. One of the survivors of the crash recently completed a more than 500-mile bike ride to the crash site. It was a tribute to his former teammates. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson spoke with Rick Stephens before he began his bike ride and hiked to the crash site with him last weekend. 

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5:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Libertarian Gubernatorial Candidate Umbehr Speaks At WSU

Keen Umbehr, the libertarian candidate in the Kansas gubernatorial race speaks to a political science class at Wichita State University
Credit Abigail Wilson

Libertarian candidate for Kansas Governor Keen Umbehr spent some time with a political science class at Wichita State on Tuesday. Umbehr will face incumbent Republican Governor Sam Brownback and Democrat candidate Paul Davis in the upcoming November election. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson was in the classroom…

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5:02 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

WSU Plane Crash Survivor Embarks On A Journey To Honor His Fallen Teammates

Rick Stephens sits in Cessna Stadium.
Abigail Wilson

On October 2, 1970, a plane carrying the Wichita State football team crashed in Colorado. The plane hit the side of a mountain and 31 people were killed. Rick Stephens, one of the survivors, rode his bike from Cessna Stadium on the WSU campus to the site of the crash to mark the 44th anniversary of the tragedy. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Rick Stephens played right tackle for the Wichita State University football team. He was number 72. He was 22 years old and a six-foot-tw0, 220 pound senior.

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5:08 pm
Thu September 18, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court: Remove Chad Taylor From Senate Ballot

The Kansas Supreme Court has ordered the state to remove U.S. Senate Democratic nominee Chad Taylor's name from the ballot, in a ruling that could influence the national fight for control of the Senate.

The court's decision Thursday leaves Democrats without a nominee, potentially making it easier for independent candidate Greg Orman to defeat three-term Republican incumbent Sen. Pat Roberts. The GOP has counted on Roberts winning re-election on Nov. 4 as they seek to recapture a Senate majority.

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2:54 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Kansas Supreme Court Hears Arguments On Senate Ballot Dispute

Democrat Chad Taylor, left, talks to his attorney Pedro Irigonegaray after arguments before the Kansas Supreme Court in Taylor's petition to remove his name from the ballot after he withdrew from the U.S. Senate race Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014, in Topeka, Kan.
Credit AP Photo/Charlie Riedel

  The Kansas Supreme Court will soon decide if the state’s chief election officer can prevent a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate from taking his name off the ballot. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

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4:05 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Gas Prices Down From Last Year

Credit AAA

Although the average gas price in Kansas is only a penny below where it was a month ago, a report from AAA reveals a significant decrease in cost from last year. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

Kansas gas prices are 32 cents less than they were a year ago, ranking the state second for year over year declines in gas prices. 

Jim Hanni, spokesperson for AAA, says the price decrease is the result of what was happening at this time last year.

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5:00 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Kansas Governor, Senate Candidates Hold Lively Debates At State Fair

A woman at the Senatorial debate reacts to the banter between candidates.
Abigail Wilson

The Kansas state fairgrounds in Hutchinson became the front lines in two political races Saturday as the top candidates for governor and U.S. Senate met for lively debates. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The aroma of fresh funnel cake twists its way through the crowd at the state fair. On one side of the grounds, chickens strut nervously in their cages as judges pace by. Across the way, the carnival is alive with laughter and heckling from vendors about winning stuffed animal as prizes. 

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3:49 pm
Thu September 4, 2014

Sen. Pat Roberts Changes Campaign Team

U.S. Senator Pat Roberts.
Credit wikipedia.org

Republican Sen. Pat Roberts has shaken up his struggling re-election team in Kansas, moving aside a longtime confidante as campaign manager and getting help from a national operative in a race that's suddenly a battleground in the fight for Senate control. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...  

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5:00 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Managing Food Allergies In The School System

The most common allergens- fish, shellfish, wheat, peanuts, soy, tree nuts, milk, and eggs.
Credit therootofhealth.com

Original air date 9-03-14

For some parents, the beginning of the school year has scarier implications than a child riding the bus for the first time or not finding the right classroom. Food allergies are on the rise, and in USD 259 Wichita Public Schools, students and staff and parents have to be more vigilant than ever. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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12:28 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

Safety And Sanity: Addressing Corrections Fatigue in the KDOC

A graphic representing corrections fatigue.
Credit Desert Waters Correctional Outreach

The Kansas Department of Corrections is rolling out a newly developed staff wellness program aimed at addressing corrections fatigue, a result of the intrinsic challenges and stress of working in prisons or as a parole officer. The plan will ensure that staff are not only well-trained, but are also mentally and emotionally prepared for their jobs. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has this report…


Katie Herzberg is a parole officer at the Wichita parole and re-entry office.

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