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
5:23 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Terry Lee Loewen Charged With Suicide Bombing Attempt At Mid-Continent

Credit Aileen LeBlanc

A suicide bombing attempt took place this morning at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport. Terry Lee Loewen was taken into custody after trying to drive a vehicle loaded with what he thought were explosives on to the parking lot.

Members of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force arrested Loewen after he attempted to enter the airport tarmac at 5:40 a.m. on Friday.

"There was no breach of Mid-Continent Airport's security," U.S. Attorney Barry Grissom said in a press release. "At no time was the safety of travelers or members of the public placed in jeopardy."

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Community
5:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Staff Members Reflect On McCain's Time At KMUW

KMUW General Manager Mark McCain during a typical pledge drive.

KMUW General Manager Mark McCain has retired from the station and licensee Wichita State University. WSU made the information public yesterday in a press release.

McCain has worked at KMUW for almost 25 years and station membership and support have grown because of his leadership.

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Community
9:08 am
Tue December 3, 2013

KMUW's GM Mark McCain Announces Retirement

KMUW general manager Mark McCain has announced his retirement from the station and licensee Wichita State University. WSU announced the information this morning in a press release. McCain cited a family medical concern for his decision.

McCain has worked at KMUW for almost 25 years, beginning as music director in 1989. Station membership and support have grown because of his leadership.

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World AIDS Day
5:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

World AIDS Day: An Interview With Dr. Donna Sweet

Dr. Donna E. Sweet, KU School of Medicine, Wichita, will be the guest speaker at World Aids Day event this year.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc

A day of events for HIV/AIDS awareness will take place this Sunday in Wichita. It will coincide with the national World AIDS Day.

Dr. Donna Sweet of the KU School of Medicine has been at the front of the fight against AIDS for 30 years. Dr. Sweet sat down with KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc to talk about the current status of the disease, both nationally and locally.

According to Dr. Sweet:

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Primary Care
5:00 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Why Is There An Imbalance Between Primary Care Doctors And Specialists?

Dr. Rick Kellerman points out blue bags on a map of the US. Each bag stands for doctors trained at KU Med School in Wichita. Without these bags virtually the entire state becomes under-served.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

System Breakdown

There is a crisis in healthcare in this country and it’s not directly involved with the Affordable Care Act. There is a larger problem. With the population numbers as they stand right now, there are just not enough physicians to take care of them.

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Health
4:48 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Scam Sites Appear In Wake Of Health Insurance Marketplace

There are health care mimic sites that can be misleading when consumers are trying to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Providing any information to one of these mimic sites can result in you receiving phone calls from insurance companies outside of the of the marketplace. That means these companies cannot offer the discount plans that are only available at healthcare.gov.

However, there are people involved that don't want to just sell you health insurance.

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Health
8:41 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Story Preview: Primary Doctors Essential To Family Health Care

In Belleville, Kan., Rachel Svaty, a medical student, learns with real-world, hands-on training alongside her mentor, Cayle Goertzen, a practicing family doctor.
Aileen LeBlanc KMUW

The KMUW news department is working on an extensive piece exploring the balance between primary care doctors and specialty physicians.

In this preview, you'll hear some of the people and situations that KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has gathered for the story.

You'll meet patients in Belleville, a student doctor, her mentor there and the head of the KU School of Medicine in Wichita.

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Courts
6:53 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Stalking Order Against Abortion Protester Will Be Decided Soon

Judge James Beasley heard oral arguments Wednesday in the case that accuses anti-abortionists and organizations of stalking the clinic and the clinics owner. Julie Burkhart opened the clinic in April in the same location where George Tiller’s clinic operated.

Dr. Tiller offered late-term abortions in Wichita and rapidly became the target of protests and violence. His clinic was firebombed and he was shot in the arms. In 2009, Tiller was shot and killed in his church by an anti-abortion activist.

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Health
8:14 am
Wed September 25, 2013

How The Affordable Care Act Is Going To Affect Your Business

Many uninsured patients end up in the Via Christi St. Francis emergency room because they weren't able to catch a health issue earlier. The Affordable Care Act is designed in an attempt to get people the care they need before it reaches that critical stage.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

The Affordable Care Act marketplace of insurance options goes online October 1. Businesses both small and large have some choices to make, but there are some resources available to help you with that complicated process.

Meet Alex

Alex is an animated bean who walks you through a simple (and cute) tour of the Affordable Care Act at insureKS.org. He asks questions about your situation (it’s confidential) and then tells you how the new rules might apply to you.

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Health
8:50 am
Tue September 24, 2013

Affordable Care Act May Prevent Trips To The ER

An ignored aching tooth can cause serious health issues down the road. GraceMed Health Clinic offers dental care among its services.
Credit Aileen LeBlanc / KMUW

Listen to Aileen LeBlanc's full report on how the Affordable Care Act could get people the health care they need before it turns into a life-threatening situation.

The Affordable Care Act may make it easier to get preventative care for many people who may now be using the emergency room. People who put off getting check-ups and tests for minor issues can find themselves with a serious illness. Even a bad tooth, if it is ignored, can manifest into a life-threatening situation.

Joseph Akif, director of nursing for emergency services at Via Christi Hospitals in Wichita, says that when the economic crisis hit in 2008, the emergency department saw an increase in these kinds of patients.

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