People

  • Reporter

    Abigail Wilson joined the KMUW team in April 2014. Born and raised in a small Colorado mountain town, she is still getting used to being a flatlander.

    After graduating from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, with degrees in...

  • 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 ...

  • Digital Content Marketing Manager

    Beth Golay serves as KMUW's Digital Content Marketing Manager.

    She is the founder and editor of Books & Whatnot, providing marketing support to bookstores around the world through her newsletter and website. Prior to launching Books ...

  • 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...

  • KMUW Engagement Intern

    Byron, the most recent addition to the KMUW staff, is a returning student and Senior at Wichita State University, emphasis Broadcast Communication, English and Sociology. Before his return to WSU, Byron spent a great deal of time hurling his...

  • Assistant News Director, Music Host

    Carla Eckels is Assistant News Director at KMUW.  She's been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 19 years. Carla also produces a R&B and gospel show Soulsations, Sunday nights at 6 on KMUW. ...

  • 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...

  • Engagement Assistant/Announcer

    Dalton is a recent graduate of Wichita State University, with a degree in integrated marketing communications. He started interning at KMUW in September 2013 and loves that he gets to stick around for a little while longer.

    He helps the...

  • News Reporter

    Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. 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 Fraser is new to Wichita (July 2014). She came here from her home-town of Houston, where she worked 25 years in public radio.

    Her roots in radio began as a journalist and have evolved from there into several leadership roles, most...

  • Engagement Intern

    As a life-long public radio nerd, Diana is more than excited to join the KMUW team.  She came to Wichita via Philadelphia and Boston and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in trumpet performance at WSU.  Diana regularly performs...

  • 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...

  • Engagement Intern

    Born and raised here in Wichita, Haley is excited to be a part of a station that has always had an important presence in her life. Pursuing a major in English Literature and minors in Spanish and Women’s Studies, Haley hopes to one...

  • Announcer/Operations Assistant

    A lifelong Wichitan, Heather has a passion and love for learning and education. She is currently studying anthropology at Wichita State University in hopes to one day combine her love of travel and education.

    She also loves public radio...

  • 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...

  • 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 Engineering

    Jon Cyphers has served as Director of Engineering for KMUW and WRRS since 2006.  However, his first encounter with the station was in 1994 as a WSU student, when he co-hosted New Counterpoint. Between his time as a student and coming...

  • Engagement Assistant

    Wichita native and self-described hype girl Jordan has been with KMUW since January 2014. She started out as a student intern, but recently became a permanent addition to KMUW's community engagement team. She holds a BA in studio art with a...

  • 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...

  • Morning Edition 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...

  • 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; Director of Programming and Operations; Music Host

    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 and Director of Programming and Operations, Lu Anne produces KMUW’s “New Settler’s Radio...

  • 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 (which will sound more impressive when it’s not June 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...

  • Membership Director

    Pat Hayes began at the station in 1978 as the sole development person, which makes her KMUW’s longest employee.

    As KMUW’s Membership Director, she is probably best known by KMUW listeners as the friendly face that coordinates the station...

  • Engagement Marketing Director

    Sarah Jane Crespo is the engagement marketing director 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...

  • Reporter

    A photographer by trade, Sean got his feet wet in broadcast news as an intern at St. Louis Public Radio. It is here, he says, where he caught "the NPR bug."

    A graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., Sean joined KMUW in January...

  • Community Business Advancement/ 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...