Briana O’Higgins

She started working in public radio as an intern to fulfill a degree requirement while studying at Antioch College in Ohio. At WYSO she fell in love with public radio and went on to earn a graduate certificate from the Salt Institute of Documentary Studies in Portland, Maine and a Master of Arts in Social Documentation degree from the University of California, Santa Cruz.

While a graduate student in Santa Cruz, Briana worked as a fill-in host for Morning Edition and All Things Considered at KUSP.

After graduating, she went on to host All Things Considered at the same station. In her free time, Briana likes watching documentary films, cooking, eating and grocery shopping.

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7:39 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Top Morning News 10.24.12

Gov. Brownback in Ohio stumping for Romney; Healthcare firm moving 300 employees into Kansas; Executive bonuses are considered a factor in KS gas rate.

Gov. Brownback Stumps For Romney In Swing State Of Ohio

Kansas Governor Sam Brownback spent Tuesday on a five-city tour of northeastern Ohio stumping for the Republican presidential ticket of Mitt Romney and and Paul Ryan.

Brownback is a former U.S. senator. Ryan served on Brownback's U.S. Senate staff in the 1990s.

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Election 2012
7:05 am
Wed October 24, 2012

KS Dems, Republicans Have Different Outlooks On Education

Education funding is a leading issue for many Kansans this election year and when voters go to the polls Nov. 6 they will be choosing between vastly different philosophies on how to create and maintain effective, efficient K-12 public schools.

Funding for public schools in Kansas has been a hot topic in the state legislative races this year, and for good reason.

Despite major cuts, more than half of the state’s budget is still spent on public schools.

Yet performance has been lackluster in many districts and among the state’s minorities.

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6:13 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Top Morning News 10.23.12

TransCanada restarts oil flow through Keystone XL; Lead Democrats create their own portal for school funding reporting; Voters invited to tour Salt Museum in Hutch

TransCanada Restarts Keystone Pipeline

TransCanada has restarted the Keystone oil pipeline that carries about 590,000 barrels of crude oil each day from Canada to facilities in the Midwest. The pipeline passes through Kansas en route to Cushing, Oklahoma.

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6:33 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Top Morning News 10.22.12

Officer of the Repealer sets up tip site to gather suggestions from public; 6 GOP moderates endorse Minority Leader Anthony Hensley; KS graduated driver's licenses reduce teen accident rates

Kansas Repealer Office Sets Up Online Tip Site

The Kansas Office of the Repealer has joined a school efficiency task force in setting up a website to gather tips and suggestions from the public.

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6:30 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Top Morning News 10.19.12

Kansas unemployment rate drops in September; Lead House Democrat knocks Gov. Brownback's website for school reporting; 14-year-old files lawsuit against Brownback administration

KS Unemployment Drops to 5.9 Percent In Sept.

A new report says the Kansas jobless rate dropped below 6 percent in September for the first time in almost four years.

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6:26 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Top Morning News 10.18.12

New website to take anonymous tips about school spending; ATC won't be used in assessment of KS students; Man launches campaign to recall Secretary of State Kris Kobach

ACT Scores Will Not Be Included In KS Report Card

Three school districts in Kansas have stopped using the official state assessment tests for student performance. The districts have switched to tests prepared by ACT, which is known for college entrance exams.

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6:12 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Top Morning News 10.17.12

Kansas Officials Defend Proposed Science Standards

Kansas officials involved in drafting proposed science standards have disputed an Emporia State University biology professor’s criticism of the guidelines as weak.

Matt Krehbiel is the state Department of Education official overseeing work on the standards for Kansas public schools. Krehbiel said Tuesday the goal is to concentrate on important core, scientific concepts. And State Board of Education Chair David Dennis said he thinks the work is moving in the right direction.

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9:12 am
Tue October 16, 2012

Top Morning News 10.16.12

Tuesday Is The Last Day To Register To Vote In Kansas

Tuesday is the Kansas deadline for registering to vote in the upcoming election. Kansans can register to vote at county election offices or online at the Kansas secretary of state’s website. Tomorrow the Sedgwick County Election Office begins mailing advance voting ballots.

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6:13 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Top Morning News 10.15.12

GOP Senators Say Problem Gambling Money Misspent

Two Republican state senators say even if the governor approves a request for increased funding to help problem gamblers, the money probably won’t be spent where it was intended under Kansas law.

Gary Haulmark of the Department for Aging and Disability Services has asked for a $3.5 million boost for problem gambling services. Senator Carolyn McGinn, of Sedgwick, wants lawyers for that department to justify how the money is being spent.

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Wichita State University
6:13 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Bardo Formally Inaugurated As President Of WSU

WSU's 13th president, Dr. John William Bardo.
Wichita State University

After more than three months on the job, Dr. John Bardo was formally inaugurated Friday as the 13th president of Wichita State University.

Bardo gave his inaugural address to a crowd of faculty, staff, students, state officials and community members– including former WSU President Don Beggs and Gov. Sam Brownback.

He said it is more clear to him than ever that the fortunes of Wichita State and those of the greater Wichita area are linked.

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