Carla Eckels

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 20 years. Carla also produces a R&B and gospel show Soulsations, Sunday nights at 6 on KMUW.  She also hosts Joyful Sounds, a Sunday morning gospel radio show on Q92FM.  Prior to KMUW, she was the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition at WYSO public radio in Yellow Springs, Ohio and co-hosted a nationally syndicated Gospel Countdown Radio show in Cincinnati. 

In April 2016, Wichita State University presented Carla with the exclusive honor of the Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award, The Carlisle Award is presented to an unclassified professional who models the standard of extraordinary service exhibited by the late Wayne Carlisle.

Carla has reported on national news stories such as the Hesston Shootings, BTK serial killer case, Roeder trial, Greensburg tornadoes and the 1958 Dockum Drug Store sit-in for NPR.  The Dockum feature was the number one listened to story on KMUW’s website in 2007.

She’s the recipient of two Edward R. Murrow regional awards for her reporting including a 2015 award for her story on Shockers Men's Basketball: A Candid Look. Carla also won a 1st place Kansas Association of Broadcasting award in 2015  for her story on Bipolar Disorder and 2nd place for DJ Personality Aircheck for Soulsations.  Carla has annually emceed the Wichita River Festival and Black Arts Festival gospel music segments.

From 2004 to 2007, Carla hosted the number one gospel radio show on KSJM 107.9 JAMZ. She is the recipient of the Best Disc Jockey award voted on by subscribers of The Community Voice Newspaper.

Carla is a graduate of Wichita State University with a degree in communications. Her greatest joy is her family. She is married to Wichita and WSU Football Hall-of-Famer, Reuben Eckels and they have two children.

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Wichita Public Schools

The Wichita School Board has approved the sale of property near Jackson Elementary in the northeast part of the city.

The board unanimously voted Monday to sell off the 17.5 acres of land near 29th & Woodlawn.

"We had that piece of property for many years before we even built Jackson, and through the years we've sold off pieces of the property before to a couple of churches so that areas in the neighborhood could also use the property that we are not using," says USD 259 spokeswoman Susan Arensman.

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The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport terminal will celebrate its second anniversary in June. Officials say that in the last two years, they’ve seen near-record traffic and more satisfied customers.

The new terminal was designed to be more accommodating to travelers, says spokeswoman Valerie Wise. She says there’s a shorter distance from the ticketing wing through security, and to the gates.

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Severe storms are likely to hit Wichita on Thursday afternoon and evening.

The National Weather Service in Wichita forecasts severe golf ball- to baseball-sized hail, damaging winds up to 75 mph and flood-producing heavy rain.

Meteorologist Chris Jakub says there is a chance for a few tornadoes with the storms as well, but don't underestimate the hail that's expected.

“You never want to underplay the hail. I mean when you get hail as big as baseballs, that is extremely damaging and the winds as well can cause a lot of damage," Jakub says.

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Hear a love song from O’Bryan. The R&B singer/songwriter is known for his very popular 1983 cover of the Stevie Wonder tune “You and I.” O’Bryan has released a 2017 ballad, “For The Love Of You.”

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A warning was issued 13 minutes before a tornado hit the city of Pawnee Rock in Barton County, Kansas, last night--and that was time enough for residents in its path to take cover.

It was like a playbook for a disaster: The sirens went off at 8:03 Tuesday night and the twister hit at 8:16. The tornado, estimated to have been between 400 and 500 feet wide, stayed on the ground for about 12 miles.

Wednesday morning, Barton County Sheriff Brian Bellendir took a look from above.

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The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office has received several calls in the past few months about a jury duty scam. Dan Dillon, media coordinator for the DA’s office, says residents are receiving phone calls from someone claiming to be a sheriff’s deputy and that they've missed jury duty and need to pay a fine.

“We’ve heard from some people that they’ve come very close to sending in money orders to the person on the other end of the phone thinking that if they don’t, a sheriff's deputy was coming to their house to arrest them, which is definitely not the case," Dillon says.

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According to a Pew study, 77 percent of Americans own smartphones and more than half own a tablet. However, not everyone knows how to adequately use the devices. The Wichita Public Library is offering a class for people to learn more – particularly for iPhone and iPad users. 

The class will cover a range of things that Apple devices can do.

For nine years, Ben Ropp has been a technology trainer librarian at Wichita Public Library. Ropp says the class will basically give users a tour of their device.

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The Wichita Community Foundation has announced a $160,000 grant to help impact literacy in Wichita. The foundation will partner with the Wichita Eagle, the Wichita Public Library and Watermark Books & Cafe.

Impact Literacy is an initiative by the Wichita Community Foundation whose goal is to help increase academic readiness, success in the workforce and economic growth in the community.

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A Kansas House representative from Wichita says among the priorities for the Legislature should be more funding for the state water plan.

As the ranking minority member of the newly formed Water and Environment Committee, Rep. Ponka-We Victors says she's been pushing and advocating for additional money for water projects.

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Wichita State University police were called to campus Thursday night about an incident that took place after the Student Government Association annual banquet. The former president made a final speech as the new president and her family listened in the audience.

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