People

  • Engagement Intern

    After relocating to Leavenworth, Kansas, where she also graduated, Alexus Scott is now returning back to her roots here in Wichita.

    A recent graduate of Butler Community College with an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences, she...

  • KANSAS NEWS SERVICE EDITOR

    Amy Jeffries is the editor of the Kansas News Service, based at KCUR in Kansas City. 

    Before the launch of the Kansas News Service in 2017, Amy led a team of reporters from public...

  • Engagement/News Intern

    Ascha is an intern with KMUW's Engagement team and the News Lab. She graduated from Wichita State University in May 2018 with her degree in journalism.

    When she’s not behind the front desk or in the newsroom at KMUW...

  • Reporter, Kansas News Service

    Ben grew up in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., and moved to Garden City to work for HPPR.

    Fascinated by the brain, he spent 10 years studying neuroscience and working in laboratories at institutions like Emory University, MIT, and the...

  • Director of Marketing and Digital Content

    Beth Golay serves as KMUW's Director of Marketing and Digital Content. She is also host of the KMUW podcast, Marginalia.

    She is the founder and editor of Books & Whatnot,...

  • Music Producer and Host

    Bill was born and raised in a sod hut on the Kansas plains.

    And then he graduated with a degree in clarinet performance from Simpson College in Indianola. While in Iowa, Pearce worked at a commercial radio station playing pop-like music...

  • News Reporter

    Brian Grimmett comes to KMUW after taking a year break from journalism, but he’s excited to jump back in to the fray. Previously, Brian spent almost five years working at KUER 90.1 FM in Salt Lake City. He worked his way up, starting as an...

  • Director of Cultural Diversity, news & engagement | 'Soulsations' Music Host

    Carla Eckels is Director of Cultural Diversity for news and engagement at KMUW.  She's been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 21 years. Carla also produces a R&B and gospel show Soulsations,...

  • Reporter, Kansas News Service

    Celia comes to the Kansas News Service after five years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. She brings in-depth experience covering schools and education policy in Kansas as well as news at the Statehouse. In the last year she has been diving into...

  • Music Producer

    Chicago native Chris Heim began a lifelong love affair with radio after wandering into the campus station at the University of Chicago and being unexpectedly offered a music show after an opening developed. She got her first job in radio at one...

  • Director of Membership & Announcer

    Dalton is a graduate of Wichita State University, with a degree in integrated marketing communications from the Elliott School of Communication. He started at KMUW as an intern in September 2013.

    After wearing numerous hats at the...

  • HEALTH EDITOR/REPORTER

    Dan Margolies is editor in charge of health news at KCUR, the public radio station in Kansas City.  Dan joined KCUR in April 2014. In a long and varied journalism career, he has worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The...

  • News Reporter

    Reporter Deborah Shaar joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia, and Detroit, Michigan. Before...

  • General Manager

    Debra has enjoyed working in public radio for 28 years. The first 16 years as a reporter and News Director at the NPR station in Houston. Debra studied to be a radio journalist at University of Texas at Austin She has been creating pictures...

  • Community Business Advancement

    Ellie’s career began in the meat industry in a pork plant and took her from Wichita to Miami to New Jersey managing sales and customer service teams for a major packer. Developing long term multidimensional relationships with...

  • News Intern

    Evan is a graduate student at Wichita State, pursuing his master’s in journalism after graduating from the Elliott School with a bachelor’s degree in 2017. He has enjoyed exploring Wichita since he moved to the city from Olathe, Kansas, in 2015...

  • Production Manager and All Things Considered Host

    If Fletcher Powell could be someone else, he’d be Errol Morris or Ira Glass. Except younger and better looking.

    Since he can’t, he’ll be Fletcher Powell, KMUW Production Manager and host of All Things Considered. Fletcher came...

  • Community Engagement Coordinator

    Haley began interning at KMUW in 2015 and graduated from Wichita State University with a degree in English Literature in 2016. She works in the Community Engagement Department, where she helps plan over 50 KMUW events a year and serves as the...

  • Digital Assistant

    Born in Wichita, Hugo is a media consumption addict. From films to music to news, nothing seems to satiate his rapturous appetite for consuming various methods of information, concepts, and ideas except for public radio.

    Picking up the...

  • Contributing Reporter

    J. Schafer is the news director for Kansas Public Radio at the University of Kansas. Before joining KPR in 1995, he spent 10 years as a commercial radio and TV newsman.

    During his career, he...

  • Host/Producer

    Jedd Beaudoin is an award-winning writer and broadcaster who has been with KMUW since 2007. He is the host and producer of Strange Currency, a two-hour music show, which airs Monday-Saturday from 8 to 10 p.m. He is also the producer of the bi...

  • Director of Major and Planned Gifts

    Jessica Treadwell has been hanging out with us for about five years, but we started paying her to do so in August of 2016. Before her ‘official’ move to the KMUW, Jessica had been helping the station with fundraising efforts through...

  • REPORTER AND EDITOR, KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

    Jim McLean is managing director of the Kansas News Service, a collaboration between KMUW and other public media stations across Kansas. 

    Jim was previously news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing...

  • Morning Edition host

    Jonathan (or “Jon,” as he goes by off air) grew up in South Hutchinson.

     

    He previously worked as a staff announcer and reporter for almost three years at 88.1 WVPE in Elkhart, Indiana, where some of...

  • Marketing Manager

    Jordan Kirtley is a Wichita native and has been with KMUW since January of 2014. At the end of her student internship, she managed to find a permanent home at KMUW, first as Engagement Marketing Coordinator and later as Marketing...

  • Executive Administrative Assistant to the General Manager

    Julie joined the KMUW crew in July 2013—nearly two decades after having first volunteered as a Saturday morning board operator/announcer during “Car Talk.” Because Lu Anne Stephens had...

  • On-Air Host

    When Kate hosted her first shift at KSWC ("The Jinx") in 2001, she was almost too afraid to open up the microphone. She quickly overcame that fear and has since reported breaking news, found her "jazz voice," and committed the Morning Edition...

  • News Intern

    LaRissa is thankful for the opportunity to work for KMUW, a station she grew up listening to. Originally from Wichita, she is a graduate student at Wichita State University working toward a Master of Arts degree in Communication. She is...

  • Community Business Advancement

    Larry Bennett’s working career has been divided between sales and operations. Starting as a production worker in a walk-in freezer factory, he worked in every functional group except accounting and held positions as Western Regional Sales...

  • Director of Content Strategy

    Lu Anne has held many positions at KMUW, including local Morning Edition host and reporter/editor. In addition to her current duties as Director of Content Strategy, Lu Anne produces KMUW’s “New Settler’s Radio Hour”  and countless special...

  • Reporter, Kansas News Service

    Madeline Fox is a reporter for the Kansas News Service covering foster care, mental health and military and veterans’ issues.

    Madeline caught the bug for Kansas reporting as a college intern at the Wichita Eagle. She also worked at WLRN...

  • Director of Engineering

    Mark Statzer's first turn at public broadcasting was as a cameraman for the local PBS TV station in high school. He spent his last year in college working as an announcer at the university radio station, content in the knowledge that his on-air...

  • Community Business Advancement

    Michael, a Wichita native, returned to Wichita in 2013 after moving away for over a decade. He has lived in the largest land locked country in the world, Kazakhstan, and all three coasts of the United States.

    For the last eight years,...

  • Digital News Editor / Reporter

    Nadya joined KMUW in May 2015 after a year at a newspaper in western North Dakota, where she did not pick up an accent.

    Before entering the wild world of journalism, she studied international relations, worked at a dog daycare and taught...

  • Director of Community Engagement

    Sarah Jane Crespo is the director of community engagement at Wichita Public Radio, but she has worked at KMUW since July of 2010 in a variety of functions. Sarah Jane believes that the mission of public radio is both to educate and to inspire...

  • Digital Editor, Kansas News Service

    Scott Canon is digital editor of the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, KMUW and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. He started working for KCUR in January 2018.

    Canon spent...

  • News Reporter

    Stephan Bisaha is a former NPR Kroc Fellow. Along with producing Weekend Edition, Stephan has reported on national stories for Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as other NPR programs. He provided data analysis...

  • Statehouse Reporter

    Stephen Koranda reports on the Kansas Legislature, state government and everything else for Kansas Public Radio. He previously worked in Mississippi and Iowa, where he covered stories...

  • Director of News and Public Affairs

    Tom is the Director of News and Public Affairs. He joins KMUW after spending 37 years with The Wichita Eagle in a variety of reporting and editing roles.

     

    Tom grew up in suburban Detroit and...

  • Engineer

    Originally inspired by Glade Brands landmark advertising campaign featuring the repeated catch phrase “Plug it in, plug it in,” Torin Andersen aspired to find as many things in his life time that needed to be plugged in and brought...

  • Community Fundraising Coordinator/ Hip-Hop commentator

    Zack Gingrich-Gaylord is a lifelong listener to public radio in general, and KMUW in particular. He was born and grew up in Wichita, and has lived in Lawrence and Newton.

    After working for 15 years in the restaurant industry, he changed...