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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Education
1:00 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

University Social Media Policy Stands - Now With First Amendment Language

The social media policy adopted by the public university system in Kansas is still being debated. A work group assigned to review and recommend changes to the policy presented their revisions last week. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has more...

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Energy
5:00 am
Wed April 9, 2014

The Economy Of Fracking: A Conversation With James Clad

Over 430,000 oil and gas wells have been drilled in Kansas since the late 1800s. Of the roughly 244,000 wells drilled since 1947, over 57,000 of those wells have been hydraulically fractured.
Credit http://www.kgs.ku.edu

James Clad is the former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.

He is also an advisor to the Cambridge Energy Research Associates – a group which counsels governments, oil companies, utilities and others on the oil, and gas industries and global energy markets.

He was in Wichita recently to speak with the Committee on Foreign Relations and he sat down with KMUW News Director, Aileen LeBlanc to discuss hydraulic fracturing or “fracking."

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Arts
12:00 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Behind 'Juvenile In Justice': A Discussion With Photographer Richard Ross

Credit Richard Ross

There are about 70,000 young people in juvenile detention centers or correctional faculties in the United States. Richard Ross spent the past seven years documenting the lives of American juveniles who have been housed in these facilities that treat, confine, punish, assist, and, occasionally, harm them. The culmination of this work is a project titled Juvenile in Justice at the Ulrich Museum of Art at Wichita State University.

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Entertainment
5:00 am
Thu February 20, 2014

The Wichita Grand Opera Takes On William Tell

Lucus Meachem as William Tell and Alyssa Toepfer as Tell's son, Jemmy.
Credit Hugo Phan

He shot an arrow through the apple which was on his son’s head. It was a test of an archer’s loyalty. But the creation of the opera, William Tell, is a test of talent for the singers. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc reports.

It is a rare experience – not once in a lifetime – but once in a great while, that we get the opportunity to see a production of William Tell. It has an epic scale of staging, almost operatic; but it is the difficulty and complexity of the music which really puts it beyond the reach of many companies. Not for the Wichita Grand Opera. The WGO takes on William Tell!

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Arts
5:52 pm
Fri February 7, 2014

WSU's Ulrich Museum Of Art Acquires Large Collection Of Gordon Parks Photos

Credit Courtesy photo

The Ulrich Museum at Wichita State University has acquired a significant collection (125) fine art photographs by Kansas native, Gordon Parks.

Gordon Parks was born in Fort Scott Kansas in 1912. He was drawn to photography when he saw images of migrant workers in a magazine.

He became a photojournalist who concentrated on social issues such as race relations, poverty and civil rights. He also documented the career of Mohammed Ali, the work of Malcolm X, Adam Clayton Powell and Stokley Carmichael.

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Education
11:30 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Controversial KBOR Social Media Policy Will Stand - For Now

In December, the Kansas Board of Regents instituted a policy governing social media use for the six-university system in the state. The controversy over the sweeping policy and the possibility of first amendment issues has been heating up ever since. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report:  

BACKGROUND

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Education
5:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Opera Stars Samuel Ramey and Alan Held Join WSU Music Faculty

Opera stars Sam Ramey and Alan Held will join the WSU faculty in fall 2014.

Voice and opera students at WSU will have the opportunity to study with two international opera stars beginning this fall.

Samuel Ramey, a renowned and celebrated opera talent and the most recorded bass in history, and Alan Held, an international opera star and one of the leading bass-baritone singing actors today, will join Wichita State's music faculty.

As announced in a press release on Tuesday, Ramey will have a daily presence on campus throughout the year.

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Law
4:53 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Abortion Doctor Killer Appeals To Kansas High Court

Originally published on Thu January 9, 2014 6:36 pm

In 2009, Dr. George Tiller, one of the few doctors in the country who performed "late abortions," was killed at his church in Wichita. His killer, Scott Roeder, was convicted of first degree murder and is serving a life term. Now, his attorneys are appealing the case at the Kansas Supreme Court.

Crime and Courts
3:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Scott Roeder Appeal Set In First-Degree Murder Case Of Dr. George Tiller

The late Dr. George Tiller.
Credit Courtesy photo

Later this month, the Kansas Supreme Court will consider an appeal by the man convicted of first-degree murder in the case of Dr. George Tiller. Roeder fatally shot Tiller inside of Tiller’s church on May 31, 2009 in Wichita, Kan. Tiller performed third-trimester abortions and during the original trial his killer, Scott Roeder, admitted to planning Tiller’s murder for years.

In April 2013, Julie Burkhart, Executive Director of South Wind Women's Center, reopened a clinic in the space where Dr. Tiller’s practice once operated.

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Crime and Courts
5:37 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Criminal Complaint Reveals Communications Between Loewen and Undercover FBI Agents

A booking photo of Terry Lee Loewen, provided by the Sedgwick County, KS, Clerk's Office on Friday.

A would-be bomber was stopped at Wichita's Mid-Continent Airport Friday morning. He had been planning an alleged suicide bombing attack for many months.

The 58-year-old man, from Wichita, was an employee of an aeronautics company. Terry Loewen was arrested at a gate to the tarmac of the airport. Loewen tried to use his badge to open the gate, but the system had been disabled.

It was the end of a long sting operation conducted by undercover FBI agents.

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