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.

Ways to Connect

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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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Winner of a 2014 Edward R. Murrow Award for Investigative Reporting. 

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.

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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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.

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.

Q&A: The Affordable Care Act In Kansas

Oct 9, 2013

KMUW hosted a live call-in show October 9. We took questions from callers, email and Twitter. Below are questions and answers from the hour. We received more questions than we could get to during the hour, but we followed up with our panelists and added those additional questions and answers below.

Our guests were:

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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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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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