Abigail Wilson

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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, Kansas, with degrees in journalism and Spanish, Abigail worked as the news editor of the Dodge City Daily Globe in Dodge City, Kansas, 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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A Wichita State University student was killed in a terrorist attack at a mosque on Friday in Saudi Arabia, his home country. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports…

A suicide bomber blew himself up in the parking lot of a Shiite mosque in eastern Saudi Arabia during Friday prayers, killing four people in the second such attack in two weeks.

Wichita State University has confirmed that Abduljaleel Alarbash, a student studying electrical engineering, is among the four dead.

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A Wichita State University professor has been honored with the National Humanitarian Physician Assistant of the Year award. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The American Academy of Physician Assistants awarded this year’s honor to Gina Brown, assistant professor of the physician assistant program at WSU.

Brown’s own students nominated her for the award, which recognizes a PA who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to human rights and to providing accessible and quality health care on both domestic and international levels.

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A Marine Corps veteran in Wichita volunteers his time to play what many call the hardest 24 notes a musician will ever play...taps. Few melodies are as easily recognized or emotional as the tune, which is standard at military funerals.

Today, there are so few buglers available that the military services can not always provide one. KMUW's Abigail Wilson presents this sound portrait with Tim Emerson who is a member of Bugles Across America.

 

"I graduated from high school in 1987, started at Wichita State University immediately thereafter and left for a time to join the military. I served in the reserves in the Marine Corps and served on active duty for about a year and a half."  

"Meeting family members and knowing about who it is that you're honoring that day is pretty important.  I recognized the significance of that, so I decided that I would start keeping track.

After I do an honor guard, I will write their name and what their rank was; what branch of the service it was that they served in. If I know their date of birth, anything about their service, I'll write that down as well." 

"Patrick Featherby was a young man who I grew up with who died relatively recently and I had heard about his death on social media right around the same time that Bugles Across America sent me the request to play taps at his funeral."

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Wichita was ranked 64 on The Trust for Public Land’s 4th Annual ParkScore index, which evaluates park systems in the 75 largest U.S. cities. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

ParkScore ratings are based on the percentage of residents living within a 10-minute walk of a park and the city's median park size. They also take into account park spending per resident with the availability of park amenities like basketball hoops and playgrounds.

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Wichita Park & Recreation officials announced a change in the name of the department’s mascot on Monday. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The mascot was introduced as Buddy the Bison in late April, but officials were later notified that Buddy the Bison has an existing trademark. Troy Houtman, the Director of Park & Recreation, said the bison's name was changed to Barry to avoid trademark infringement.

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Ennovar, the Institute of Emerging Technology and Market Solutions at Wichita State University announced details of a new partnership with California-based Social Networking Technology Inc. today. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

The one-year contract, worth more than $600,000, will provide for 18 student positions in the fall semester and up to 30 positions by the end of the contract. Student salaries and nearly $30,000 of tuition reimbursement for students who work for the institute for a full semester are also included in the contract.

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This year's Wichita-Sedgwick County Point-In-Time Homeless Count showed a decrease in the number of homeless individuals since 2014. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson reports...

The count showed that there are about 11 percent fewer homeless people in Sedgwick County. An estimated 561 people in were found to be homeless, down from 631 in 2014.

Pat Hanrahan, President of United Way of the Plains, says the numbers are used to allocate funds to the community based on need. A variety of services are offered to the homeless at the event as well.

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Two Kansas pilots will compete in a unique competition this summer as they take turns piloting a plane in a race for four days. It's called the 2015 Air Race Classic, and it's only open to women. But until then, they’re teaching young girls about aviation. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

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A noted expert in the field of arts funding and research visited Wichita on Friday and spoke about using the arts to attract and retain young professionals, businesses and create jobs. KMUW’s Abigail Wilson has more…

Randy Cohen of Americans for the Arts in Washington, D.C. says arts should not be seen as a luxury or a frill, but as an industry that draws people to Wichita.

The Nepalese Student Association, together with Wichita Nepalese Community, the WSU Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers and the American Red Cross is holding a candlelight vigil in honor of those affected by the devastating earthquake in Nepal.

The death toll from the earthquake that struck Nepal last Saturday has passed 6,000, and many thousands are still unaccounted for. The candlelight vigil will be a fundraiser for the survivors, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go to the Wichita Nepalese Community Earthquake Relief Fund.

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