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.


5:46 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Top Morning News 1.31.13

Chamber survey suggests continuing support from businesses for tax cuts; Wichita homeless count and services fair to be held Thursday; City and county announce survey to gage community priorities.

Chamber Survey Suggests Strong Support For Tax Cuts

Results from the 10th annual Kansas Chamber CEO Poll were release yesterday. The the Chamber uses the results to assist in developing its annual agenda.


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5:30 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Top Morning News 1.30.13

 Mayor Brewer lays out grim future for Wichita's infrastructure in State of the City; Bill would limit teacher's bargaining rights; Senate vote on judge appointments looms.

Mayor Brewer: Wichita's Infrastructure Needs Costly Repairs

Wichita mayor Carl Brewer delivered his state of the city speech Tuesday to a crowd at City Hall.


Wichita, Sedgwick County Officials To Release Survey Findings

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11:47 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Nearly 74 Percent Of WSU Grads Get Jobs In Kansas

Wilner Hall on the WSU campus.
Credit Wichita State University

Among the state’s public universities, Wichita State graduates are most likely to get a job and stay in Kansas.

According to a study from the Kansas Board of Regents, 73.6 percent of WSU graduates between 2007 and 2009 got a job in Kansas within a year of graduation.

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5:44 am
Tue January 29, 2013

Top Morning News 01.29.13

Kansas GOP names Wichitan as new chair; Task force presents school efficiency ideas to lawmakers; Continuing drought taking toll on Kansas wheat.

Kansas GOP Has New Chair

Kansas Republicans have picked Wichita's Kelly Arnold as the state GOP's new chair.

Kelly Arnold has been the GOP's vice chair for the past two years. He has been both executive director and chair of the Sedgwick County party.

Arnold will replace Amanda Adkins, who chaired the state party for four years.

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5:39 am
Mon January 28, 2013

Top Morning News 01.28.13

Turnpike CEO doesn't have many details on proposed KDOT merger; Nearly two out of five Kansas inmates are mentally ill; Calif. company buys into Kansas wind.

Few Details Released On Proposal To Merge KDOT, Turnpike Authority

Gov. Sam Brownback has proposed merging the Kansas Turnpike Authority and the state's highway department, but hasn't released many details as to how that will happen.


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5:35 am
Fri January 25, 2013

Top Morning News 01.25.13

Inspectors say there are no violations at the former clinic of Dr. George Tiller; Community members to hold vigil for immigrant rights; Union fundraising bill advances to full House.

Inspectors: Tiller Health Clinic OK

Inspectors say they have found no city building code violations at the former Wichita clinic of Dr. George Tiller. 

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5:30 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Top Morning News 1.24.13

House to discuss union fundraising; Proposal would move spring elections to the fall; Despite looming cuts, Gov's council wants to keep military in the state.

House Bill Would Limit Union Fundraising Abilities

A Kansas House committee is preparing to debate a bill that prevents public employee unions from automatically deducting money from members' paychecks to finance political activities.

The Commerce, Labor and Economic Development Committee will take up the bill Thursday.

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5:37 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Top Morning News 01.23.13

Commission member says the screening process for Kansas appellate courts is biased; Wichita teen under investigation for putting newborn in trash dumpster; Thousands gather for anti-abortion rally at the Statehouse.

KS Commission Member Says Judicial Process Is Biased

A member of the Kansas commission that screens applicants for the state's appellate courts says it was biased against conservative candidates in its most recent deliberations.


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5:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Top Morning News 01.22.13

Kansas legislators from both sides endorse shorter session; Kansas school efficiency report released; Political figure Grover Norquist endorses Kansas immigration plan.

KS Legislators Agree To Trim 2013 Session

Kansas legislative leaders from both parties have endorsed plans to shorten this year's annual session to 80 days.

If they're successful, the Legislature will trim 10 days off the normal 90 days that leaders expect each year.

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5:48 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Top Morning News 01.21.13

Brownback moves to merge JJA and Department of Corrections; Lawmakers looking to make more tax cuts in 2013 session; City of Wichita to consider water usage.  

Brownback To Merge Juvenile, Adult Corrections

Governor Sam Brownback has submitted an executive order to merge the state's Juvenile Justice Authority with its adult Department of Corrections.

The order takes effect in July unless either the House or Senate reject it.

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