Carla Eckels

Reporter, Music Host

Carla Eckels has been an award-winning announcer/news producer for KMUW 89.1FM, Wichita Public Radio for 15 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 the internet Grown Folk Jamz.  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. 

Carla has reported on national news stories such as the 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 an Edward R. Murrow regional award for her reporting on Alzheimer’s. Carla has annually emceed the Wichita River Festival and Black Arts Festival gospel music segments. She was the emcee for the 2010, 2011 A Tribute to Trail Blazers Gala for the Kansas African American Museum and the 2011 NAACP Freedom Fund Banquet.

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, Rev. Reuben Eckels and they are co-founders of New Day Christian Church. They have two children. Carla serves at New Day along side her husband, Reuben and co-pastor Rev., Dr. Cynthia Wolford.

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Government
7:48 am
Fri May 3, 2013

US Attorney Prepared To Go To Court Over Kansas' New Gun Law

On April 26, US Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Gov. Sam Brownback that states the new Kansas law attempting to block federal regulation of some guns is unconstitutional. That new law took effect April 25, just one day earlier.

WHAT THE LAW SAYS

The new law declares the federal government has no authority to regulate guns, ammunition and accessories manufactured, sold and kept only in Kansas. The law also makes it a felony for a federal agent to enforce any law, regulation, order or treaty covering those items.

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Community
7:18 am
Thu May 2, 2013

Start Planning Your Float Trip, Arkansas River Is Now Easier To Access

Volunteers install the new floating dock on the Arkansas River behind Gander Mountain in late April.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

People who enjoy boating on the Arkansas River now have a new place to access the river.

A public use floating dock was installed recently on the river behind Gander Mountain in downtown Wichita. 

The new dock was part of a long-time comprehensive plan by the Ark River Coalition and the city’s park board. The Wichita City Council adopted a resolution agreeing to allow for public use of the dock for the next decade.

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Environment
7:08 am
Tue April 30, 2013

Climate Change: Violent Weather And Missing Bees

Mary Catherine Bateson, a well-known cultural anthropologist, says climate change is killing colonies of bees, which we are extremely dependent on.
Credit Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez / Wikimedia Commons

Mary Catherine Bateson is a well-known cultural anthropologist and writer. She serves on the boards for the National Science Foundation and the National Center for Atmospheric Research.

For decades Bateson has worked in the field of anthropology. She is a Harvard and Radcliffe graduate and the daughter of social anthropologist Margaret Mead and cybernetics pioneer Gregory Bateson. She’s written on religion, family dynamics and aging but now is deeply involved in environmental issues. 

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Education
7:11 am
Fri April 26, 2013

WSU Unveils New Plan For Its Future

Wilner Auditorium on the WSU campus.
Credit Courtesy / Wichita State University

After nearly eight months of meetings with staff, students and community members, Wichita State University has developed a new plan that will be used to shape the future of the university.

On September 5, 2012, WSU President John Bardo kicked off a campus and community-wide strategic planning process. He appointed a steering committee made up of WSU personnel, community and business leaders, plus others with a stake in the future of WSU and the region.

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Community
7:15 am
Thu April 25, 2013

MLK III: 'We Have To Continue To Roll Up Our Sleeves'

Before his speech at Friends University on Friday, Martin Luther King accepts boutineer from Wichita City Council member Lavonta Williams.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Martin Luther King III, the oldest son of the slain civil rights leader, was the featured speaker Friday at Friends University in Wichita.

Throughout his career, King has worked to advance human rights in a non-violent society.

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Education
6:50 am
Tue April 23, 2013

Brownback Wants Higher Education Funding Left Uncut

Gov. Sam Brownback speaking on the WSU campus Monday about the need to leave higher education funding at its current level.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Gov. Sam Brownback met with leaders at Wichita State University Monday to solicit support for his funding proposal that would help maintain state dollars for higher education.

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Environment
7:28 am
Mon April 22, 2013

Ozone Alerts Coming Your Way This Summer

Credit davedehetre / flickr Creative Commons

The city of Wichita is implementing a new plan for the 2013 ozone season in an effort to reduce the impact on area ozone levels.

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Environment
7:40 am
Thu April 18, 2013

How, Where And Why To Recycle

Credit kendura99 / flickr Creative Commons

The mission of WIRE or Wichita Initiative to Renew the Environment is to identify the priority concerns around the environment for citizens of Wichita and then help them engage in those types of activities.

The group recently created a two-minute animated video to encourage citizens to take advantage of recycling opportunities. 

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Environment
7:33 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Recycling: Is It Really Necessary?

Credit bborkos / flickr Creative Commons

The Wichita City Council adopted a new solid waste and recycling plan in November 2012 that requires all trash haulers to offer recycling services for items such as paper, plastic and aluminum.

In an effort to increase recycling, a new video has been released by WIRE, Wichita Initiative To Renew the Environment.

The two-minute animated video was created to encourage citizens to take advantage of recycling opportunities that are now available and address issues about recycling:

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Community
6:55 am
Mon April 15, 2013

Wichita Children's Home Celebrates 125 Years

The Wichita Children’s Home was founded in 1888 as Wichita’s first orphanage to support and care for destitute and homeless children. The home was originally located on the block near 100 N. Fountain.
Courtesy Wichita Children's Home

The Wichita Children’s Home provides care for victims of abuse, abandonment and neglect. They also offer support to runaways, children facing family crisis and youth who may be at risk in the home.

The home began in 1888 as the city’s first orphanage, but has changed through the years and now provides crisis services.   

“Wichita is blessed with wonderful long-term facilities for kiddos, “ said Executive Director Sarah Robinson. “But we are the ones that are 24/7 on the very front end."

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