Abigail Wilson

News Intern

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.

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Arts
7:30 am
Thu July 24, 2014

Rollin Karg: An Exceptional Artist And Accidental Success

Rollin Karg begins to shape a piece of molten glass.
Credit Abigail Wilson.

The artistic works of local artist Rollin Karg can be found in galleries all over the world. His pieces combine two artistic mediums--sculpted metal and blown glass. Karg says he never knew he was an artist and discovered his talents by accident.

The constant hum of a furnace and the clanking and pounding of metal echo through the air outside of Karg Art Glass. Steel sculptures tower near the edge of the property. Vibrant glass platters decorate the fence--blue, orange, yellow and green--displayed together a moving wave of color.

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Health
12:55 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak

A small line forms for free MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines at the Sedgwick County Health Department office.
Credit Abigail Wilson

*UPDATE*

An unidentified person from Fort Worth, Texas has been diagnosed with measles after visiting Wichita earlier this month. There have been a total of 14 reported cases of measles in Kansas so far this year. 

Public Health officials in Fort Worth reported this afternoon that a resident who attended a tournament at South Lakes Softball Complex in Wichita has come down with measles.

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Economy
5:00 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Wichita Tops Abandoned Homes List

A recent report listed Wichita as having the highest percentage of abandoned homes in foreclosure among the nation’s largest metro areas. KMUWs Abigail Wilson has more…

Of the 301 properties in foreclosure in Wichita right now, nearly half stand vacant and abandoned.

A June report by real estate information company RealtyTrac says the properties, known as zombie foreclosures, are homes where the foreclosure process has been started, but never finished by the homeowner or the bank.

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Business
11:12 am
Tue July 8, 2014

UPDATE: Dillons To Close Two Under-Performing Grocery Stores Later This Month

Credit wikipedia.org

Updated on 07/08/2014 

Two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita that have been open since the 1960's will close this month. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports....

A Dillons store near 13th and Woodlawn and another at Harry and Broadway will shut their doors July 19.

Spokeswoman Sheila Lowrie says the location of the two stores makes it impossible to increase their size. She says this limits what the stores can offer customers when compared to other sites-- such as the Dillons at 37th and Woodlawn.

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Energy
5:00 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Kansas Water Vision Team To Hold Meeting In Wichita

The Kansas Water Vision team will be in Wichita on Monday to get feedback on the first draft of the vision. KMUWs Abigail Wilson has more…

The Kansas Water Vision team will hold a 90-minute meeting Monday at the Sedgwick County Extension Education Center in west Wichita. The meeting will focus on Governor Sam Brownback’s Call to Action for a 50-Year Vision for the Future of Water in Kansas.

Tracy Streeter, director of the Kansas Water Office, says the team hopes to create dialogue and receive input on the first draft of Vision.

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Community
5:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

The Wichita Fresh Air Baby Camp

The Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in 1920. Here, it is shown in its current condition.
Credit Abigail Wilson

In the early 1900’s, people began to realize that young children, especially sick babies, needed well-circulated fresh air for their health. Following that principle, the Fresh Air Baby Camp was built in Wichita in 1920. The building is believed to be one of the last of its kind in the country. A local private volunteer group wants to bring the deteriorating building back to life. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has the story…

The Fresh Air Baby Camp Today

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Transportation
12:18 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

TSA Precheck Enrollment Center Now Open In Wichita

The Transportation Security Administration opened a new enrollment center in Wichita yesterday that could help decrease the amount of time travelers spend going through security at the airport. KMUWs Abigail Wilson reports…

TSA Precheck is an expedited security-screening option at the airport offered by the Transportation Security Administration or TSA. Thanks to a new enrollment center in town, Wichitans now have a chance enroll in the program closer to home.

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Sports
5:00 am
Wed June 25, 2014

Harlem Globetrotters Select Nick Wiggins In 2014 Player Draft

The world famous Harlem Globetrotters held their eighth annual player draft Tuesday, and Wichita State’s own Nick Wiggins is on the list. KMUWs Abigail Wilson has more…

Nick Wiggins, a 6’ 6” guard who helped lead Wichita State basketball to the two greatest seasons in the school’s history has been chosen as a draftee for the Harlem Globetrotters.

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Military
11:36 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Moran, Jenkins Tour Topeka VA Medical Center

Colmery-O'Neil Medical Center
Credit http://www.topeka.va.gov

Kansas lawmakers aren’t giving up in their search for answers from VA hospitals around the state. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has the story...

Jerry Moran and congresswoman Lynn Jenkins toured the Veterans Affairs medical center in Topeka on Friday.

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Military
1:00 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Call Out Wichita VA

Kansas Congressman Tim Huelskamp
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Kansas legislators want answers from the Wichita VA hospital about a secret waiting list for veterans needing care. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has the story...

Disparities between the numbers of veterans placed on a secret waiting list for medical care have caught the attention of Kansas lawmakers.

Congressman Tim Huelskamp spoke on the phone with Dole Medical Center’s Director Francisco Vazquez June 4 and asked for assurance and documentation on the facility’s system as to the extent of the problem.

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