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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Sedgwick County

The Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office and the Sedgwick County Manager’s Office are investigating fraudulent activity that resulted in the county government losing approximately $566,000.

According to a news release, the sheriff's office was notified of the theft at about 5:00 p.m. on Oct. 25, 2016. 

Officials are not releasing any additional information at this time due to the active investigation by detectives with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office. 

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One of the men charged with conspiring to use a weapon of mass destruction on a housing complex in Garden City has waived a detention hearing.

Gavin Wright, a 51-year-old man from Liberal, decided to pass on a detention hearing in the case and instead pleaded not guilty to the charge.

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Now that the registration deadline has passed, both parties in the state of Kansas are concentrating their efforts on getting out the vote.

With just weeks until the general election, both Republican and Democratic parties are encouraging their members to go to the polls.

Kerry Gooch, executive director of the Kansas Democratic Party, says that it's not just Democrats that he is concentrating on.

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Oct. 18 is the deadline in Kansas to register to vote in next month's elections. But, as KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports, the documentation you need is not the same across the board.

This is an exceptional election in many ways, but in Kansas, a changing set of rules has made it downright confusing for many people.

Because of a recent court order, people who register with a federal form, such as at the DMV, do not need citizenship documents--while those who register using Kansas forms must present a passport or birth certificate.

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Kansas' Secretary of State Kris Kobach has avoided a contempt of court hearing by striking a deal with the ACLU on Thursday. 

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It's been many years since Dennis Rader terrorized Wichita. Using the signature BTK--for bind, torture, kill--he murdered 10 people, often fading away between killings. A new book delves into Rader's motivations through phone calls and letters with the author.

KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc talked with author Katherine Ramsland on a computer phone call. Ramsland has written many books on serial killers and is director of the Master of Arts in Criminal Justice program at DeSales University in Pennsylvania.

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The City of Wichita is offering free paint to homeowners inside city limits who meet certain income guidelines.

The income limits are as follows:

  • Just over $36,550 for a single-person household;
  • $41,750 for a two-person household;
  • $46,950 for a three-person household.
  • $52,150 for a four-person household.

According to a release from the city, qualified homeowners are eligible for up to $250 in paint. Paint/labor grants for up to $5,000, including paint, will also be offered to income-eligible senior citizens, age 62 and above.

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The state of obesity is looking worse in Kansas.  Recent data shows Kansas as the 7th most obese state in the country.

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The staff at Tanganyika Wildlife Park has been asking the community to comment on a petition for a proposed rule change to the Animal Welfare Act. KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc has more on the USDA's proposed changes for the handling of some animals in captivity.

Tanganyika Wildlife Park prides itself on allowing visitors to interact with animals in ways that they can’t at most zoos. That's also how the privately owned zoo brings in a lot of its revenue: by charging extra to get close to their hippos, rhinos and ring-tailed lemurs.

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Invasive zebra mussels have been found in another Kansas body of water. Cedar Bluff Reservoir is the western-most reservoir in Kansas confirmed to have the mussels.

From the AP:

The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism (KDWPT) has confirmed the presence of invasive zebra mussels in Cedar Bluff Reservoir in Trego County. The lake is owned and operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation (BOR).

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