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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News
5:59 am
Wed February 27, 2013

Top Morning News 2.27.13

A Kansas Senate committee rejects Brownbacks third-grade reading plan; University of Kansas study shows DEA reduces risk of pre-term birth.

Senate Panel Rejects Kansas Reading Initiative

A Kansas Senate committee Tuesday rejected Gov. Sam Brownback's proposal to hold back third-graders who fail the state reading test.

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6:57 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Top Morning News 2.26.13

Winter weather brings delays and cancellations; Heavy snow won't cure the Kansas drought; Brownback's reading plan draws criticism.

Second Round Of Winter Weather Brings More Cancellations And Delays

Monday's snow storm is winding down and streets are being cleared in Wichita.

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4:51 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Top Morning News 2.25.13

Wichita officials say the roads will likely be more hazardous with this second storm; Gov. Brownback extends state of emergency declaration to include new storm; Some area schools and universities are closed.

Wichita Officials: Get Ready For Storm, Round Two

City of Wichita officials are urging residents to stay off the roads and prepare for another round of heavy snowfall.

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Weather Closes Area Schools, Universities and Businesses

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Weather
7:53 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Monday School Closings (UPDATED)

Some south-central Kansas schools closed Monday in anticipation of inclement weather.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

Updated: 7:05 am

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for Wichita and the surrounding areas beginning at midnight Monday until at least noon Tuesday.

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Weather
12:43 pm
Sun February 24, 2013

Wichita Officials: Get Ready For Storm, Round Two (UPDATED)

Updated: Monday 11:30 am

City officials are now saying that they have replenished the supply of sand and salt to treat the roads. However, they are still urging residents to stay home, if possible.

Joe Pajor with the Public Works and Utilities department says they will plow the roads throughout the duration of the storm, but will keep the majority of the salt and sand to treat the roads at the storm's end.

The conservation approach will likely make roads slicker and more difficult to navigate.

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Weather
3:17 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Why Wichita Didn't Call The Storm 'Q'

Winter storm "Q" blanketed the Wichita State University Campus with snow.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

The Weather Channel tried its hand at winter storm naming for the 17th time this week.

The storm they named "Q" made its across the state, dumping 14.2 inches of snow in Wichita, making it the second worst snow storm in the city’s recorded history.

But if you were following storm updates from Wichita residents and media, you might not have even known it was called "Q."

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5:05 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Top Morning News 2.22.13

Former Tiller clinic will not be rezoned; Schools remain closed Friday due to weather; City services will likely be slow Friday, due to weather.

Former Tiller Clinic Will Not Be Rezoned

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted 6-4 Thursday against moving forward with a rezoning request regarding the former Tiller clinic in east Wichita.

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Friday School Closures

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Government
10:41 am
Thu February 21, 2013

What The City Is Doing About All This Snow

Snowy conditions on West 13th Street and across Wichita Thursday. Drivers were asked to stay home and off the roads if at all possible.
Credit Briana O'Higgins / KMUW

Wichita city officials held a news conference Thursday morning to give an update on the conditions in the midst of one of the city’s worst snow storms.

The Wichita area has already received more than 10 inches of snow over the past two days, causing drifts, vehicle accidents, delays and school closings.

Here are the updates from multiple city departments: 

Wichita Police Department

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Weather
7:10 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Friday School Closings (UPDATED)

The snowy conditions outside KMUW Wednesday.
Credit Briana O'Higgins

  Updated: 5:32 AM

The snow is here, and more is expected. Many schools have canceled classes and activities.

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Government
6:22 am
Thu February 21, 2013

How To Get Answers To Your Questions About Kansas Government

Librarians at the state library want to remind residents they can access legislative documents and information with a simple phone call.

For nearly 40 years the State Library of Kansas has operated the toll free legislative hotline that connects Kansans with a state reference librarian.

Residents can access state information on government, legislation and public policy. They can also leave messages for legislators our request documents like voting records, committee agendas and copies of bills.

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