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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Economy
5:17 am
Wed October 1, 2014

Home Sales Continue To Rise In Wichita

Wichita home sales should rise by nearly seven percent next year according to Wichita State University’s Housing Market Forecast. As KMUW’s Aileen LeBlanc reports, statewide home prices could also be on the rise…

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Crime and Courts
4:56 pm
Fri September 26, 2014

Sedgwick County DA Warns Residents Of Vehicle And Boat Scams On Craigslist

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Sedgwick County's District Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division has issued a warning about buying cars and boats on Craigslist. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports

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Military
5:00 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Syrian Expert To Talk In Wichita

Rebels travel in the back of a pickup truck in a town in northern Syria.
Credit Freedom House, flickr Creative Commons

 The Global Learning Center of Wichita will hold a program on Saturday titled "The Islamic State and America's New War: How it will Change the Middle East."The speaker is Joshua Landis who is Director of the Center for Middle East Studies at the University of Oklahoma. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc talked with him on Tuesday morning, the day after the first strikes on ISIS targets in Syria. 

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Community
4:00 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Global Violence And Its Religious Dimensions: An Interview With Dr. James K. Wellman, Jr.

Prof. James Wellman
Credit http://faculty.washington.edu/

With the recent developments in Syria and Iraq--and the power of ISIS increasing--more and more questions about extremist religious-based violence arise.

KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc discussed some of the issues with a scholar who will be in Wichita to present a program on the subject this weekend.

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Government
3:19 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Gov Picks Former Chief Counsel for KS High Court

A vacancy on the Kansas Supreme Court was filled on Friday by Governor Brownback.  He appointed Court of Appeals Judge, Caleb Stegall to the position. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports . . . 

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Government
11:36 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Gov. Brownback Outlines Plan To Fight Federal Labor Rule

Governor Sam Brownback was in Wichita on Thursday making his points about a new Labor Department rule which will affect those who care for elderly and disabled people in their homes.

The governor met with elderly and disabled people at the Independent Living Resource Center. He presented his action plan to fight the new rule which is set to take effect by the first of the year.

The US Dept. of Labor will then require states who pay out Medicaid dollars for home care to pay the workers overtime if they work over 40 hours in a week.

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Energy
11:29 am
Thu August 21, 2014

KCC Files Complaint Against Westar Energy

The Kansas Corporation Commission filed a complaint against Westar Energy at the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Wednesday. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports.

According to a press release sent out by the Kansas Corporation Commission (KCC), the complaint contends Westar is charging unjust and unreasonable electric transmission rates. If the complaint is granted, Westar’s current rates could be reduced by approximately $15.8 million annually. Based on anticipated utility growth, this figure is expected to approximately double over the next five years.

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Environment
1:30 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

Thousands Of Dead Fish Showing Up In Veterans Memorial Lake

Officials are investigating a large fish kill at a Great Bend lake. Thousands of dead fish have been reported at Veterans Memorial Lake.

Terry Hoff, acting Director of Public Lands for Great Bend, says that most of the fish killed in the lake have been minnows, carp and bass.

Hoff says the city has contacted the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism to determine the cause.

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Environment
7:36 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Chloride Contamination Headed For Water Supply - Ten Years

Map of Operations for Equus Beds Groundwater Recharge Project
Credit http://ks.water.usgs.gov

A report from the US Geological Survey shows that Wichita's water supply will be infiltrated with chloride contamination in as little as ten years unless action is taken.

The USGS partnered with the city of Wichita to do a study as part of the Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) project.

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Politics
6:57 pm
Tue August 5, 2014

Kansas 2014 Primary Election Returns (Unofficial)

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2014 Primary Race Results -Unofficial (results will not be official until the state canvass)

Scroll down for a table showing results by county in our listening area.

U.S. Senate

Democratic Primary (100% precincts reporting)

  • Chad Taylor - 53% (34,390 votes)
  • Patrick Wiesner - 47% (30,557  votes)

Republican Primary (100% precincts reporting)

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