Aileen LeBlanc

News Director

Aileen LeBlanc is a journalist, producer and director whose work in television, film and public radio has earned more than 60 regional and national awards.

She is producer/director of the documentaries, Dayton Codebreakers (nominated for 3 regional Emmys) and Who’s Minding the Planet? (nominated for a Regional Emmy.) Her current film Take Us Home – about the Ethiopian Jews is now in the festival circuit and has won the World Cinema Documentary Film Editing Award from the Amsterdam Film Festival and Award of Merit from the Lucerne International Film Festival. The film has screened at the Pan African Film Festival and the Studio City Festival in LA and the Sheba Festival in New York. Other official selections include, Denver, Philadelphia, Louisville Palm B each and Detroit.

LeBlanc’s work on other films includes the Oscar-Nominated Documentary “The Last Truck” and the Emmy-Winning “Lion in the House.”

LeBlanc’s career in journalism includes two news director positions at WYSO and WHQR. Her national work has been featured on NPR, Voice of America, BBC, Monitor Radio, Pacifica and the CBC.

She was honored by the Dayton League of Women Voters with a “Making Democracy Work Award.” And she was given the first place prize in documentary from Public Radio News Directors Inc. for a piece on loving and caring for a partner with Alzheimer's.

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Entertainment
10:52 pm
Sun December 14, 2014

Forum Theatre's Christmas Carol - A Local Tradition

Shaun Michael Morse as Scrooge in A Christmas Carol
Credit The Forum Theatre Company

"Old Marley was a dead as a door-nail.

"Mind! I don't mean to say that I know, of my own knowledge, what is particularly dead about a door-nail. I might have been inclined myself, to regard a coffin-nail as the deadest piece of ironmongery in the trade.” -  Charles Dickens

The Forum Theatre Company of Wichita is presenting their annual musical, A Christmas Carol. The cast, crew, musicians and writers are local and, as KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc found out, even Charles Dickens might like this one.

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Entertainment
11:39 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Karla Burns in Forum Theatre's 'A Christmas Carol'

Karla Burns as The Ghost of Christmas Present.
Credit The Forum Theatre

Tune in on Monday during Morning Edition for Aileen LeBlanc's full interview with the composer, writer, director and cast of A Christmas Carol, as well as some musical numbers, too.  

Karla Burns sings "Celebrate the Time" as the jolly Ghost of Christmas Present. 

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Community
12:50 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Honor Diaries - A Film And A Women's Rights Activist

Raheel Raza
Credit Honor Diaries

There will be a screening and discussion of a controversial documentary on Monday evening (12-01-14) in Wichita. The film is "Honor Diaries" and it follows several woman who are activists for women's rights. The subject matter of the film and this report are sensitive and parents of young children should be cautious  - KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc brings us this story . . .

Honor Violence and Honor Killings

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Transportation
11:07 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Inside The FlightSafety International Building

Credit Deborah Shaar

Four people died in a firery crash yesterday morning at Wichita's Mid Continent Airport - five people were taken to Via Cristi hospital, three were released as of Thursday night.  KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more . . . 

There were flight training simulation classes going on in the FlightSafety Building, owned by Cessna, when the plane tore through its roof. Mathew Price is here from Canada and he was in class - right before 10 a.m. Thursday morning.

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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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Crime and Courts
4:02 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Scott Roeder's Hard 50 Sentence Overturned

Credit CNN;youtube.com

The man who shot Dr George Tiller in Wichita in 2009 had a court hearing on Oct. 24. His attorneys presented his appeal and as KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports his convictions were upheld but not his sentence.

Dr Tiller was known for performing abortions in late pregnancy, he was one of just a few in the country. On a Sunday, in church, while Tiller was serving as an usher, Scott Roeder shot him in the head and killed him.

"I did what was needed to be done to protect the children - I shot him," he said at his trial. 

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Politics
11:45 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Schodorf and Kobach Spar Over Voter Citizenship Law

Democrat Jean Schodorf and Republican incumbent Kris Kobach
Credit wikipedia.org and kslegislature.org

The forum covered several issues several times as the SAFE (Secure and Fair Elections) law, sponsored by Kobach, was attacked and defended. The law, which requires proof of citizenship for new Kansas voters, has left 22,000 would be registrants -- not so.

"And now we have 22,000 people, who are citizens, in limbo. They don't have cell phones and smart phones," said Democrat Jean Schodorf

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Politics
11:29 am
Fri October 24, 2014

Brownback Carr Brothers Ad Irks Former DA Foulston

Credit youtube.com

The political races are as much on TV as they are on the stump in Kansas. At a debate this week, challenger Paul Davis called "foul" on a commercial Governor Brownback is running. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report.

From former Sedgwick County DA Nola Foulston's press release: 

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Community
5:00 am
Wed October 22, 2014

'This Is Your Life, Hanna Bloch Kohner' - The Story Of A Holocaust Survivor

Walter and Hannah Bloch Kohner
Credit Courtesy photo

Yom HaShoah or Holocaust Remembrance Day is being observed this weekend. The Wichita Holocaust Commemoration Council presents a program on Tuesday, which will include a special guest. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has the story...

In 1953, Hanna Bloch Kohner appeared on “the most talked about show on television.”  She was not an actor or any kind of celebrity. She was a survivor of the Holocaust. Such things weren’t talked about just eight years after World War II. But "This is Your Life" TV host Ralph Edwards did.

And Americans heard some things they had not heard before.  

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Politics
9:46 am
Mon October 20, 2014

KMUW Broadcasts KWCH Candidate Forums

KMUW will partner with KWCH to broadcast the Kobach/Schodorf Candidate Forum on Tuesday, October 21 at 6:30 p.m. Tune in to 89.1 or listen live at kmuw.org.

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