People

  • Reporter

    Abigail Beckman 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.

    She graduated from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kan., with degrees in journalism...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 Elections Editor
  • REPORTER, HEARTLAND HEALTH MONITOR

    Andy Marso is a reporter for KHI News Service, a partner in the Heartland Health Monitor team. HHM is a collaboration among KCUR, KHI News Service in Topeka, Kan., KCPT television in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence, Kan.<...

  • 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...

  • Contributing Reporter

    Bryan Thompson joined the Kansas Health Institute in 2015 after more than 35 years in radio news. For the last 15 years he has worked with Kansas Public Radio, where he produced the award-winning series, “Kansas Health: A Prescription for...

  • 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 Outreach Coordinator & Announcer

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

    He coordinates the volunteers and Street Team, and heads up many of the...

  • Contributing Reporter

    In a long and varied journalism career, Dan has worked as a business reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star and Reuters. In a previous life, he was a lawyer. He has also worked as a media insurance...

  • 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...

  • 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 Manager

    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...

  • 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...

  • Contributing Reporter

    Jim McLean, Executive Editor of KHI News Service, oversees the KHI News Service. From 2005 until 2013, McLean coordinated all communications activities at KHI as Vice President for Public Affairs. The position he now occupies was created as...

  • 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 Marketing Coordinator

    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...

  • Reporter, Heartland Health Monitor

    Megan Hart is a reporter for KHI News Service, a partner in the Heartland Health Monitor team. HHM is a collaboration among KCUR, KHI News Service in Topeka, Kan., KCPT television in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence, Kan.<...

  • 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...

  • 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 graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., Sean joined KMUW in January of 2014.

    He often covers the intersection of government and citizenry. His story about 

  • Contributing 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...

  • Development Manager

    Troy Horine joined the staff of KMUW in September of 2015 in the newly created position of development manager. In his role, Troy will work to increase philanthropic support of the station to sustain and advance its quality and reach.

    ...

  • 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...