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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Crime and Courts
11:47 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

FBI: Man Plotted Suicide Bomb Attack At Kansas Military Base

U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom holds news conference on Friday, April 10, 2015 at the Federal Courthouse in Kansas City, Kan. John T. Booker was charged Friday with attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, attempting to damage property by means of an explosive and attempting to provide material support to the terrorist group. Grissom says Booker was arrested Friday near Manhattan, Kan., about 100 miles west of Kansas City.
Credit AP Photo/The Kansas City Star, John Sleezer

Update: A top federal prosecutor for Kansas has also charged another Topeka man, Alexander E. Blair, 28, with failing to report Booker's plans to authorities. The complaint alleges that Blair and Booker shared some "extremist views" and that Blair loaned Booker money to rent space to build and store a bomb.

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Government
4:36 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Gov. Brownback Signs Nation's First Ban On Abortion Procedure

On Tuesday, Governor Brownback signed into law a ban on a certain type of abortion. Wichita has drawn attention from all sides of the abortion debate since Dr. George Tiller, who performed late-term abortions, was murdered in 2009. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation making Kansas the first state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

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Crime and Courts
3:36 pm
Mon March 30, 2015

U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Kansas Appeal In Carr Brothers Case

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The United States Supreme Court will hear a Kansas appeal to reinstate the death sentences of the Carr brothers, who committed gruesome murders in Wichita. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

The nation's highest court agreed Monday to hear Kansas' appeal seeking to reinstate death sentences for two brothers convicted of robbing and forcing four people engage in sex acts before being shot to death naked in a Wichita soccer field in 2000.

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Health
5:21 pm
Sun March 15, 2015

Officials: Listeriosis In Ice Cream Not Cause Of 3 Deaths, May Be Factor

Listeria monocytogenes
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A food borne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products might have been a contributing factor in the deaths of three hospital patients in Kansas, but it was not likely the only cause of death. KMUW's Aileen Leblanc reports...

A food borne illness linked to some Blue Bell ice cream products might have been a contributing factor in the deaths of three hospital patients in Kansas, health officials said Saturday.

But listeriosis didn’t cause the deaths, according to Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Sara Belfry.

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Health
12:00 pm
Wed March 11, 2015

Bill To Ban Dismemberment Abortion Procedure Advances

A bill to ban a certain abortion procedure in Kansas was advanced on Thursday by a legislative committee.  

The House Federal and State Affairs Committee advanced the bill, but only after a debate on an amendment that would have strengthened it further.

The bill would ban a procedure that is used during some dilation and evacuation abortions.

Proponents are calling the procedure dismemberment because it involves using forceps or other instruments to dismember the fetus before removal.

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Crime and Courts
3:56 pm
Fri March 6, 2015

Judge Refuses To Toss Out Case Against Suicide Bomb Suspect

A judge ruled on Friday that the case against a man who allegedly tried to drive a bomb onto the Mid-Continent Airport cannot be thrown out. KMUW's Aileen Leblanc reports...  

U.S. District Judge Monti Belot rejected the defense team's entrapment argument and a plethora of other legal moves that sought to have the federal indictment against Terry Loewen thrown out.

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Crime and Courts
5:00 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Overland Park Shooter To Go On Trial For Capital Murder

Credit Zennie Abraham, flickr Creative Commons

A white supremacist accused of gunning down three people at Jewish sites in Kansas will go on trial for capital murder, a judge ruled Tuesday. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

District Judge Kelly Ryan decided sufficient evidence exists to try 74-year-old Frazier Glenn Miller, of Aurora, Missouri, in the 2014 deaths at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Kansas City in Overland Park and at a nearby Jewish retirement home.

Miller has said he felt a duty to kill Jews before his death, which he believed to be imminent because he suffers from emphysema.

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Crime and Courts
4:35 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

Prosecutor: Fake, Rather Than Real Bomb, Irrelevant To Loewen Case

Credit Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office

Documents were filed in court on Friday arguing both sides of a case against a man who is accused of trying to explode a bomb at the airport last year. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Prosecutors argued Friday that charges against a man accused in a plot to blow up the Wichita airport should not be thrown out, even though the explosives used in an undercover sting were fake.

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Health
4:45 pm
Fri February 20, 2015

Kansas Senate Passes Measure Banning Dismemberment Abortion

The Kansas Senate has approved a bill that would ban a specific type of abortion procedure. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

In a 31-9 vote, the Senate passed the measure called the Kansas Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

If passed, the act would ban using forceps, clamps, tongs, scissors or similar instruments to intentionally dismember a fetus before removal.

Other dilation and evacuation techniques that use just suction are not part of the ban.

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Crime and Courts
4:28 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Louie The Clown Recovered

Detective Lang and Louie the Clown
Credit WPD I Facebook

An organ-playing clown lost for nearly a decade was found and was presented to citizens Thursday by the Wichita Police Department. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Louie is an animated ceramic close-to-life-size clown, who played a Wurlitzer organ at the old Joyland theme park in Wichita for many years.

The clown represented happy days and nightmarish memories for children of all ages.

Joyland closed in 2004, and in 2005 or 2006, Louie went missing.

On Thursday, Louie was brought back to the people who missed and didn't miss him.

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