Carla Eckels

Assistant News Director, 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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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

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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

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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?

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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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Business
6:04 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Nomar: Some Success, But More Work Ahead

The Nomar International Market opened in May of 2011.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Nomar International Marketplace opened for business in North Wichita in 2011 as part of the 21st street revitalization project. Vendors offer authentic Mexican, Puerto Rican and other food plus shopping in an open-air market.

Carlos Contreras grew up in North Wichita and has worked on the project for the past seven years. He was initially a Nomar board member and is now employed as the manager.

“It’s predominantly Hispanic and Asian,” says Contreras of the neighborhood. “We try to capitalize on that, we try to show people the rich culture we have in the area.”

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Business
7:34 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Overall Airline Performance Up, Report Shows

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Results of the 23rd annual national Airline Quality Rating were announced Monday at 8:30am (CT) at the National Press Club in Washington D. C.

The Airline Quality Rating system rates the performance of 14 different commercial airlines that carry the majority of all passengers in the United States.

Dean Headley, Wichita State University Professor and co-author of the study says nine of the 14 airlines rated improved their on time arrival performance.

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2013 Legislative Session
6:30 am
Thu April 4, 2013

As Session Wraps Up, Lawmakers Consider Weighty Issues

Kansas legislators have been working on some weighty issues this legislative session.

Legislation that includes tax reform and changes to abortion law are under consideration. A bill signed into law by Gov. Brownback changes how appeals court judges are selected.

Lawmakers are expected to pass legislation through this week, then begin a wrap-up session May 8.

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Water
8:21 am
Tue April 2, 2013

How Should Wichita Respond To Drought?

The city of Wichita has scheduled six public meetings to get input from residents on how to respond to prolonged drought conditions. Officials want to gather information about how people are being affected by the drought and to generate ideas for extending the water supply.

“We’re looking for water utility customers, both residential and business, to weigh in on the issue,” said Ben Nelson, strategic services manager for Wichita's Public Works and Utilities.

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