Abigail Wilson


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.

She graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., with degrees in journalism and Spanish in 2012. Immediately following, Abigail worked as the news editor of the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kan., where her primary focus was covering crime news. She recently graduated with a Master of Arts in communication from Wichita State University.

Her work has been featured on NPR’s "Only A Game” and “Weekend Edition Sunday.” She has recorded and produced stories for Harvest Public Media and various public radio stations across the state of Kansas. In 2015, she wrote and produced the radio documentary “The Pieces that Remain: Remembering the Wichita State University Plane Crash.” The Kansas Association of Broadcasters awarded Abigail second place in the spot news and news feature categories in 2015 for two pieces — “Taps: The Hardest 24 Notes” and “Reaching Out: The Ongoing Relationship Between the WPD and the Homeless."

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A survey released today found that Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback has the lowest job approval rating in the nation.

Between May and November, more than 75,000 registered voters across all 50 states were asked whether they approve or disapprove of their governor's job performance. Of those surveyed in Kansas, only 26 percent said they approve of Brownback's leadership. Brownback has been criticized for problems with the state's budget as well as cuts in education funding.

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The Kansas Department of Corrections released its annual report this week. The report says the KDOC faced a number of ongoing challenges, including prison overcrowding an increasing number of offenders with behavioral health issues.

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Spirit AeroSystems announced its plans to provide more than $570,000 of scholarship support to selected students at Wichita State University, the University of Kansas, and Kansas State University.

In all, Spirit is funding 18 scholarships across three universities. There are 12 scholarships available at Wichita State University and three each at KU and K-State. In addition, one scholarship will be earmarked for a student coming out of the Upward Bound Math Science program at Wichita State University.


Updated Nov. 23 at 5:43 p.m.: Sedgwick County District Attorney Marc Bennett has ruled the petition does not meet the legal grounds and will not proceed.

A group in Wichita filed a petition today with the Sedgwick County Election Office to remove Commissioner Richard Ranzau from office.

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More than 1,000 Kansas students will receive more than $1 million in student loan forgiveness under the terms of a settlement reached today with Education Management Corporation (EDMC).

The loan forgiveness announcement came from Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt. It involves 110 schools in 32 states and Canada, including Brown Mackie College in Salina and Lenexa, and The Art Institute in Kansas City, Kan. After receiving numerous complaints from current and former EDMC students, state attorneys general initiated a multi-state investigation in January 2014.


Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams has been named to the National League of Cities 2016 Board of Directors. The league seeks to help municipal leaders build better communities. 

Williams was appointed to the Board of Directors last week. She was also appointed to the REAL Council, which looks at “Race, Equity, and Leadership."

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Wichita State University President John Bardo hosted a forum on diversity Thursday afternoon. In a campus-wide letter Bardo said the forum was “a chance to come together as a community in light of recent events at the University of Missouri” and controversy over the removal of pews in WSU’s Interfaith Chapel.

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Starting tomorrow the City of Wichita, Starkey Inc. and Cambridge Market are once again teaming up to spread holiday cheer through the Letters to Santa project. This year there are new incentives for classrooms to participate.

Children from Wichita and the surrounding areas are invited to drop off their letters to Santa at six locations, including CityArts, Cowtown, Century II and Mid-America All-Indian Center.

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During WWII nearly 350,000 American women served in uniform, both at home and abroad. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson spoke with two women, both now in their 90s, who shared memories of serving their country in the 1940s.

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The Kansas Board of Regents is soliciting comments from state universities about a proposal to allow people to have concealed guns on their campuses but not carry the weapons openly. A regents committee has drafted a proposed policy and the full board hopes to vote on it in December.

A 2013 state law says adults 21 and older who can carry concealed guns can bring them into public buildings unless those buildings have security measures such as metal detectors. The law allowed universities to exempt themselves until July 2017.