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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Education
5:52 am
Fri December 28, 2012

USD 259 Taking Nominations For Teacher Awards

Teachers from Wichita Public Schools receive awards at a past ceremony.
Credit USD259

Wichita Public Schools is accepting nominations for the 2012-13 Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award to honor new and experienced teachers.

The Distinguished Classroom Teacher Award program recognizes outstanding teachers who affect the quality of education of more than 50,000 students in the Wichita school district. Awards are given in seven categories: new elementary teacher, new secondary teacher, primary teacher, intermediate, middle school and high school teacher and support teacher.

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Wichita City Council
5:45 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Board To Interview For Vacant City Council Seat

The District IV Advisory Board will conduct interviews for the interim Wichita City Council seat during a special meeting next week.

Two of the candidates are former city council members and one lost to the outgoing incumbent. The District IV seat in southwest Wichita will open on January 1 after council member Michael O'Donnell resigns on December 31. O'Donnell was elected to the Kansas State Senate in November.

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Weather
5:56 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Snow, Ice Hazards For Postal Workers

Heavy snow fall on an United States Post Service vehicle.
Credit Kevin Harbor / Flickr

With the recent snowfall, the Wichita Postmaster is reminding customers to clear and maintain a safe, accessible path to mailboxes as soon as possible after it snows.

Wichita Postmaster Evie Tan-Todd says winter storms make mail delivery challenging for letter carriers. She says clearing a path to your mailbox will help to keep letter carriers safe and ensure mail delivery each day. Postal customers who receive door mail delivery should keep their sidewalks, steps, and access ways clear of snow and ice.

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Government
5:10 am
Wed December 19, 2012

Wichita City Council Votes To Move Downtown Apartment Project Forward

Artist renderings of the proposed Exchange Place project.
Foulston Siefkin LLP

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to amend an agreement for a major apartment structure to be built in downtown Wichita. The change allows the Exchange Place Project to move forward.

Changes include a new developer for the Exchange Place project - John McWilliams, President of Talos Holdings out of Park City, Utah, will replace Minnesota developers.

McWilliams has a proven record with financed projects through HUD, US Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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Community
5:19 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Donated Toys Make Christmas Brighter For Wichita Children

Rows of donated bikes that will be distributed this week.
Carla Eckels

Thousands of families in Wichita will have a brighter Christmas this year due to donations to the Salvation Army.

At the former Big Dog Motorcycle building Monday volunteers helped sort through toys to be distributed later this week.

Two hundred sixty two students, faculty and staff from Friends University helped the Salvation Army prepare to distribute gifts to children donated through the Angel Tree program. Major Douglas Rowland says each year, the volunteers decorate the building, plus organize and assemble some of the toys.

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Community
5:54 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Tips For Keeping Safe From Holiday Fires

Credit Lisa Dusseault / Flickr

The Wichita Fire Department reminds residents to be aware of potential fire hazards with Christmas trees and decorative lighting during this holiday season. Last week, a candle fire in south Wichita damaged a home and claimed the life of a family pet.

Bob Thompson is the Wichita Fire Department's Chief Prevention Officer, he says the candle was burning too close to a Christmas tree.

"As a result, the tree was ignited by the candle, the family was displaced and they lost a pet," he says.

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Wichita City Council
5:58 am
Wed December 5, 2012

Wichita City Council Moves To Fill O'Donnell's Seat

City Council member Michael O'Donnell will vacate his seat Dec. 31.
Credit Michael O'Donell

The Wichita City Council is working through the process to temporarily fill the District 4 council seat soon to be vacated by Michael O'Donnell.

The council declared a notice of vacancy Tuesday due to O'Donnell's resignation, effective December 31. O'Donnell was elected state senator of District 25 in Wichita last month.

The City of Wichita's director of law, Gary Rebenstorf, outlined the procedure for filling the vacancy.

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Arts
6:09 am
Fri November 30, 2012

A Tribute To Gordon Parks On His 100th Birthday

Gordon Parks and Genevieve Young.
Credit Ulrich Museum / Wichita State University

Friday marks the centennial of the birth of photographer, composer, filmmaker and author Gordon Parks.

Celebrations have been held across the country in his honor, including several events at Wichita State University. Parks' third wife, Genevieve Young, spoke Thursday at Wichita State, which houses Parks' personal papers.

Young was former senior editor at Little Brown and Company and vice president of Bantam Books. She edited Gordon Parks' writings.

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Community
6:22 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Wichita Water Rate To Go Up Jan. 1

The Wichita City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve water and sewer rate increases effective next year.

On January 1, Wichita's residential customers will see their monthly bills increase $1.19 to $7.74 depending on how much water they use. Commercial and industrial customers will see a rate hike of around 7 percent.

Alan King, Director of Public Works and Utilities says the water rates will insure a level of funding for proper renewal and replacement of aging water mains.

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Business
5:37 am
Mon November 12, 2012

Machinists Union Approves New Bombardier Contract

A Bombardier plan on the runway.
Credit Andy Rusch / Flickr

Members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers approved a five-year contract deal with Bombardier Learjet in Wichita over the weekend.

Machinists Union spokesman Bob Wood said people will be returning to work at the Wichita plan Monday. Wood described Saturday's offering as a "substantial improvement" over the proposal that prompted the October 8 walkout.

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