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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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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Sports
4:31 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

NCAA Penalizes Wichita State Baseball

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The WSU baseball team has been penalized by the NCAA for failing to monitor the activities of a former administrative assistant who allowed players to buy apparel and accessories at a team discount. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Read the full NCAA report below: 

Read WSU's response to the penalties below:

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Community
5:00 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Native Sons & Daughters Of Kansas Announces 2015 Honorees

Native Sons & Daughters of Kansas Honorees Amelia Rose Earhart, Susan Sutton, Dayton Moore, Juan Sepulveda, Harry Walter Colmery and Wichita State University.
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A 100-year-old organization, Kansas Native Sons & Daughters has chosen six honorees for recognition at an event on Friday. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

For more info, check out the Native Sons & Daughters press release below:

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Politics
2:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

President Obama Speaks At KU

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President Obama spoke on the University of Kansas campus on Thursday, Jan.22nd. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more . . .

With the State of the Union still on the top of his mind, President Obama seemed to be at home in the red state of Kansas.

"As you know, my mom was born in Wichita, her mom grew up in Augusta, her father was from El Dorado -- so I'm a Kansas guy," he says.

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Religion
10:10 pm
Sun January 18, 2015

Islamic Society of Wichita Spokesperson Speaks About Recent Events

The Islamic Society of Wichita spokesperson and board member Hussam Madi talks with KMUW News Director Aileen LeBlanc.
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The Islamic Society of Wichita has a history dating back to the 1970s. Now, Wichita's Muslim population numbers as many as 10,000. Spokesperson and board member Hussam Madi recently spoke with KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc.

“There is no justification to the reaction that they took. Whoever they are or whatever they claim that they are – they interpret things in their own way."

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Health
5:12 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

State Senator and Right To Life Group Pursue Ban On Dismemberment Abortion

State Senator Garrett Love
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A bill which would ban a certain type of abortion procedure was announced on Wednesday by a pro-life group and a Kansas Senator. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports.

On Wednesday, the anti-abortion group National Right to Life announced a bill sponsored by State Senator Garrett Love of Montezuma. It's called the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

The bill would prohibit dismemberment of a fetus when doing a dilation and extraction technique.

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Health
12:51 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Neuhaus Still Barred Following Decision Over Abortions Referral Case

In this photo from June 22, 2012, Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, center, sits between two of her attorneys, Kelly Kauffman, left, and Bob Eye, as the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts decides to revoke her medical license.
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A Kansas doctor who has been scrutinized for referring young patients for late-term abortions remains barred from practicing medicine after a state board decision. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

The State Board of Healing Arts upheld the revocation of Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus' license to practice medicine.

Neuhaus provided second opinions for patients from Dr. George Tiller's clinic in 2003. Tiller was one of the very few doctors in the country who provided late term abortions.

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Economy
4:05 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Low Gas Prices Affect Kansas Oil Producers

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Gas prices are lower than they have been for years. On Jan.7th, you can pay $1.70 a gallon at several Wichita stations. There is hope that low prices will be a boom to the economy, but as KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports, the oil industry in Kansas is treading water.

"Kansas operators are price takers, not price makers," Jon Callen, Edmiston Oil Company President, says. "We just have to accept whatever the world price is going to be. If we lost total Kansas (oil) production, the world would never even notice it."

How does that compare globally?

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