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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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

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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

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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
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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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Issues
5:00 am
Thu February 19, 2015

Hugo Wall School Finishes Assessment Of Wichita Police Department

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The Hugo Wall School of Public Affairs at the Wichita State University has finished their assessment of the Wichita Police Department. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has this report...

The 227-page report focussed on the themes of communication training, technology, recruitment and community relations.

Misty Bruckner, Director of the Center for Urban Studies, said that when considering racial profiling, recommendations were to have hands on training.

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Issues
7:09 pm
Thu February 12, 2015

Kansas Senate Panel Approves Bill To Ban Abortion Method

A bill to ban a certain type of abortion passed a committee in the Kansas Senate on Thursday. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

A proposed ban on a procedure used in about 8 percent of the abortions in Kansas cleared its first major state legislative hurdle Thursday, and abortion providers already are contemplating potential lawsuits.

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Crime and Courts
3:21 pm
Fri January 30, 2015

Kansas Foster Dad Sentenced In Death Of Infant Left In Hot Car

A Wichita man was sentenced to nearly three years in state prison after his 10-month-old foster daughter died after he left her in a hot car last summer. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

A Wichita man has been sentenced to nearly three years in state prison after his 10-month-old foster daughter died after he left her in a hot car while he and his partner smoked marijuana.

Seth Jackson pleaded guilty to involuntary manslaughter in November. The 29-year-old Jackson was sentenced Friday to 32 months in prison.

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