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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Kansans who have had problems with credit report errors will get some help as the result of some new reforms. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

As a result of a multi-state investigation, Kansas joined 30 other states in an agreement with credit reporting agencies TransUnion, Equifax and Experian to address complaints about credit report errors.

Kansas Attorney General Derrick Schmidt said a consumer's credit report affects every aspect of their lives.

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Charles McAfee had no doubt about his talent, and he believed that his ability would transcend the prejudice of the day. The bias he encountered did not stop him from pursuing his dreams.

Listen to the story of McAfee’s incredible tenacity and success, told by KMUW News Director, Aileen LeBlanc. Listen here:

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The Center for Economic Development and Business Research at Wichita State has just released the 2015 economic forecast for Kansas and Wichita. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has more...

Kansas employment growth numbers fell behind the national numbers for the last 12 months, gaining 1.1 percent to the nation's 2.1 percent.

However, employment in the Wichita metropolitan area grew by 0.1 percent.

The projections for 2015 are for service sector jobs in both Kansas and Wichita.

The report indicates that the city's biggest gains will be in education and health.

Some Kansas cellular customers will be getting refunds from their cell phone carriers. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

The practice is called "mobile cramming" and it includes allowing third party text messaging. These services generally range from one-time fees, costing $0.99 -$5, to subscriptions, which cost up to $14-a-month.

Mobile service company Verizon will provide $70 million in refunds to customers who were charged for services they did not authorize. Sprint is expected to pay out $50 million to its customers.

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Update:  Blue Bell has laid off a third of its workers after listeria concerns halt ice cream production.

A government study released on Thursday says that listeria, which contributed to the deaths of three people in Wichita, was found in Blue Bell Ice Cream facilities as early as March of 2013. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Three patients, who had been admitted to Via Christi Hospital St. Francis for other illnesses, became sick and died as the result of consuming single serve ice cream products purchased from various Blue Bell Creamery facilities.

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Following a completed review of WSU Women's Basketball coach Jody Adams, Wichita State has announced that she will be staying with the Shockers. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Jody Adams' coaching of the team had come into question after the team returned from the NCAA national tournament.

Four players left the program and cited serious issues with Adams' coaching practices.

The recent review, which was ordered by WSU President Bardo, included interviews with current and former players, coaching staff, and parents.

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New mayor Jeff Longwell is getting to work on some of the city's problems and, on Thursday, he was talking transit. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports.

A man who is in jail for allegedly killing three people he believed to be Jewish has said he plans to plead guilty. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

A white supremacist accused of killing three people near two Kansas Jewish centers says he's ready to plead guilty to all charges to avoid a lengthy trial.

Frazier Glenn Miller told The Associated Press in a phone call from jail on Monday that he doesn't have long to live and wants to have his day in court.

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Update: A top federal prosecutor for Kansas has also charged another Topeka man, Alexander E. Blair, 28, with failing to report Booker's plans to authorities. The complaint alleges that Blair and Booker shared some "extremist views" and that Blair loaned Booker money to rent space to build and store a bomb.

On Tuesday, Governor Brownback signed into law a ban on a certain type of abortion. Wichita has drawn attention from all sides of the abortion debate since Dr. George Tiller, who performed late-term abortions, was murdered in 2009. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback has signed legislation making Kansas the first state to ban a common second-trimester abortion procedure that critics describe as dismembering a fetus.

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