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 latest film, Take Us Home, about 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 Beach 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.” 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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According to a report in the New York Times, several companies that operate nuclear power plants in the U.S. have been hacked since May, including one near Burlington, KS.

The Wolf Creek Nuclear Plant in Coffey County was singled out in the report.

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A federal magistrate judge on Wednesday refused to reconsider his order fining Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach $1,000 for misleading the court.

U.S. Magistrate Judge James P. O’Hara said the reconsideration request raised arguments that Kobach should have made earlier.

O’Hara last month fined Kobach after finding that he had deceived the court about the nature of documents he was photographed taking into a November meeting with then President-elect Donald Trump.

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The City of Wichita and Sedgwick County had a busy few days dealing with fireworks complaints and fires.

The non-emergency nuisance call line received 826 calls through Tuesday night with noise and other fireworks complaints.

But officials report that the emergency 911 calls were up to 2000 a day versus a regular load of 1500.

Five fires were started last night, including one reported in a truck bed while the truck was driving down the road. Another fire was started on the exterior wall of a garage.

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A federal appeals court has refused to look at a former Kansas attorney general's case against the state Supreme Court. Phil Kline lost his law license for misconduct surrounding his work against abortions in the state.

Kline spent years investigating a Planned Parenthood in Johnson County clinic and Dr. George Tiller of Wichita.

Tiller, who was known for performing late-term abortions, was murdered in 2009.

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Tuesday is National HIV Testing Day, and clinics in Wichita are offering the tests to all adults for free.

The Centers for Disease Control says that one in seven people who have HIV don't know it. There are an estimated 1.1 million people living with HIV in the U.S., and in Kansas, there are over 3000 living with the disease.

All adults ages 13-64 are encouraged to get tested at least once, and those with higher risks should do so more often.


A new news program begins Friday on local public television. "Kansas Week" will allow journalists to pull out some of the information that often stays buried due to time constraints.

The half-hour show will be a news-of-the-week wrap-up followed by discussions with local and state newsmakers and journalists.

The producer and host is Pilar Pedraza, who recently reported for KWCH TV. She says this sort of program has the thing that commercial news programs often don't: time.

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On Sunday, the Wichita Police Department arrested a 28-year-old man involved in what they call a terroristic threat.

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The National Endowment for the Arts has announced $82 million worth of grants to arts organizations and art projects. All 50 states are set to receive funds, including six projects in Kansas.

Almost a million dollars is on its way to Kansas to support the arts. Music Theatre Wichita will use $10,000 for their production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In connection with the play, the theatre will explore race, disability, religion, and class distinctions. The money will also go towards the theatre's new Festival of Summer Musicals.

West Nile Virus has been found in the state, and the Kansas Department of Heath and Environment (KDHE) believes that the virus may be a problem earlier this year than previous years.

The virus was found in pools collected from mosquito traps in Shawnee, Johnson and Reno counties. They also found the virus in two birds.

The first case of West Nile virus in 2017 was reported by a person from Barton County. KDHE says that this indicates that problems could develop much earlier than in previous years.

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Kansas is again expanding its efforts to reduce opioid abuse, this time concentrating on the people involved in the criminal justice system.

The National Governors Association has selected Kansas and seven other states to participate in a nationwide study of best practices. It's an eight-month project to develop strategies for the entire nation.

The concentration will be on the criminal justice population. Fifteen percent of the more than 6,000 people leaving Kansas prisons every year have a history of opioid misuse and/or a diagnosis of opioid use disorder.