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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Sedgwick County property owners have seen some decreases in the value of their homes and commercial buildings. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more.

The Sedgwick County appraiser's office sent out evaluations for residential and commercial property. The county bases property taxes on the appraised values. Sedgwick County appraiser Mike Borchard presented his report to the County Commissioners Wednesday.

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A Wichita man pleaded guilty Tuesday to the charge of first-degree murder in the death of Tanya Tandoc. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more...

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The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued a health advisory for areas of the state that may experience flooding due to recent rains. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports.

There are physical dangers with high-stream flows and flooding, but there are also possible problems with illness caused by contact with the high waters. KDHE warns the public that pathogens may exist in flooded areas due to surface runoff as well as to water treatment systems being infiltrated with flood waters. Pathogens can then be carried out and moved downstream.

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The results are in for two Wichita-area school districts that held bond elections today. 

Voters in the Haysville school district voted overwhelmingly--almost 80 percent of the more than 1100 ballots cast--in favor for a $59 million bond to be used for renovations and improvements at schools and district buildings.

The projects include adding two storm shelters and a natatorium complex at Campus High School.

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A Wichita man accused in 2013 of trying to drive a bomb onto the tarmac at the former Mid-Continent Airport today changed his plea to guilty. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...  

A former avionics technician admitted Monday to plotting a suicide bomb attack at a Wichita airport. Terry L. Loewen pleaded guilty to attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction, after striking a deal with prosecutors for a proposed 20-year sentence.

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Tanya Tandoc came into the KMUW studios every other week for five years, and she slipped over the partition from commentator to family member right away—with everybody.

KMUW staff members who knew her best remember Tanya, and social media posts from the community...

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The city held a briefing yesterday to update the community about several issues covered in an earlier assessment of the Wichita Police Department, including the use of body cameras. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more.

City Manager Robert Layton said that the city is on track to get and put in use body cameras for more than 300 Wichita police officers by early fall.

He said that the policy for the use of the cameras and the data is almost complete.

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Wichita State University is preparing for the possibility of furloughs if the state legislature does not pass a funded budget by the end of this week. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc reports...

The State House passed a budget on Wednesday, but not one that has tax increases to pay for it. WSU put their “what-if caps” on and announced that they are making plans.

Kansas and Maryland led an investigation into FTD, the floral delivery company, and Classmates Inc, a social networking company. The two will pay a combined 11 million dollars to consumers who lost money due to their business practices. KMUW'a Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced today that Classmates, Inc., along with Florists’ Transworld Delivery, Inc. and FTD.com Inc. (collectively “FTD”) have agreed to pay refunds to consumers who lost money because of the companies' misleading advertising and billing practices.

Kansans who have had problems with credit report errors will get some help as the result of some new reforms. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

As a result of a multi-state investigation, Kansas joined 30 other states in an agreement with credit reporting agencies TransUnion, Equifax and Experian to address complaints about credit report errors.

Kansas Attorney General Derrick Schmidt said a consumer's credit report affects every aspect of their lives.

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