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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Crime and Courts
4:10 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

WSU Holds Safety Forum

Authorities talk to a full auditorium at WSU about on and off-campus safety.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Students, faculty and members of the Wichita community attended a safety forum held at Wichita State University on Tuesday. A panel of representatives from the Wichita and WSU Police Departments answered questions and provided on and off-campus safety information in response to an attack near campus last week. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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Crime and Courts
3:21 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

WPD: "Somebody knows what happened."

Credit Abigail Wilson

Police are seeking information from the public about an attack Friday night in Fairmount Park in northeast Wichita south of the WSU campus. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…

Fire fighters responded to a report of a fire in Fairmount Park where they found a 36-year-old woman with severe burns and lacerations on her head.

"I will tell you that the detectives were very concerned about the nature of her injuries," said Captain Troy Livingston of the Wichita Police Department. "To be assaulted; to be struck; and then, we believe, to be set on fire is a disgusting crime."

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Environment
4:56 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Wichita Road Crews Prepare For Winter Weather

A single pair of tracks lead the way down an alley off of Market Street during snow showers last February. Wichita road crews are busy preparing for the first snow of the season.
Credit Sean Sandefur

  Road maintenance crews for the city of Wichita are preparing for winter weather that's expected over the weekend. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports...

 In anticipation of snow this weekend, Alan King, the director of public works and utilities for the city says planning efforts started even before the cold weather. He says the city has ample supply of sand and salt enough to treat the city treats 10 times, if needed.

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Community
4:41 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Same-Sex Couples Apply For Marriage Licenses In Sedgwick County

A sign near the elevators directs couples where to go for marriage licenses at the Sedgwick County Courthouse
Credit Abigail Wilson

Judges in at least four Kansas counties were issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples a day after the U.S. Supreme Court issues a ruling allowing them to wed. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports that by noon Thursday nearly a dozen couples picked up marriage applications at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

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Health
5:00 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Hutchinson's Red Cross Chapter Closes Its Doors

Hutchinson's Red Cross chapter will close its doors on Friday, November 14.
Credit Abigail Wilson

After 97 years in operation, the Red Cross Chapter in Hutchinson will close its doors Friday. The change comes in the wake of a restructuring by the Red Cross as part of the new ‘Vision 2017’ program. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…

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Politics
4:39 am
Wed November 5, 2014

Kansas Republicans Joyous After Contentious Campaigns

U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo speaks at a local Republican watch party.
Credit Abigail Wilson

Elections results are now in, but for some, the votes couldn’t be totaled fast enough. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson was at the Sedgwick County GOP watch party last night.

There are a few hundred people at the Republican watch party for the 2014 midterm elections. Voters in Kansas face one of the busiest ballots in recent years and that’s definitely reflected in the atmosphere at the Marriott in East Wichita.

Early in the evening Congressman Mike Pompeo addresses the crowd.

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Community
5:00 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Haunted Hotel Scares Up History And Humor

The Drury Plaza Hotel, formerly known as the Broadview.
Credit tripadvisor.com

Wichita’s Broadview Hotel was a premier stop along the Chisholm Trail in the early 1900’s. Famous visitors from the past include Charles Lindbergh, Clyde Cessna and Al Capone. And even today, a few visitors from the past have decided to stick around the hotel making it one of the most famous haunted places in Wichita. KMUWs’ Abigail Wilson reports...

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Education
5:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom Discusses Hate Crimes

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom spoke about hate crimes Wednesday at WSU. One of the topics he addressed was the Westboro Baptist Church, a Topeka church founded by Fred Phelps.
Credit Abigail Wilson

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom spoke against hate crimes on Wednesday during a presentation at Wichita State University. The Hate Crime Prevention Act was passed five years ago this month. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more.

Grissom spoke to students about the need to eradicate both hate and hate crimes. He mentioned several events in Wichita that were found to be motivated by hate including arson at a mosque in 2011 and the vandalization of a mural celebrating immigration earlier this year.

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Politics
5:00 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Taking The Political Temperature

Credit Aileen LeBlanc

"I'll vote. I'm still on the fence about the Democratic candidate, but I won't vote Republican in the governor's race. In the senate race I will vote Republican, yes. Roberts has been in there a long time, but he's got a lot of seniority in DC. An independent being there...he's not going to have a voice." - KAB Debate Attendee

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Economy
4:15 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Machinists Union Backs Textron Contract Offer

Officials with Textron and the Machinists union resumed contract negotiations this week and have agreed on a contract that combines the two separate local unions of Beechcraft Corporation and Cessna Aircraft under a single labor agreement. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more...

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