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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Government
1:47 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

VIDEO: How Was Your Commute? Mayor Says Street Crews Did 'Outstanding Job'

Streets are mostly clear in downtown Wichita Tuesday not long after record snowfall.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

During a City Council Workshop Tuesday, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer thanked the city maintenance crew that cleared snow from streets.

"Through this entire time frame, through both of the snows, we have to say hats off to our guys that were out there working the streets," said Brewer.

Brewer said the crew worked through the first storm and then immediately prepared for the next one to come in.

"They did an outstanding job in getting our streets all taken care of and getting them all cleaned up." said Brewer.

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Abortion Debate
5:38 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Former Tiller Clinic Will Not Be Rezoned

David Gittrick of Kansans for Life addresses the Wichita Metropolitan Planning Commission Thursday.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission voted 6-4 Thursday against moving forward with a rezoning request regarding the former Tiller clinic in east Wichita. The vote came after more than an hour of discussion.

Commissioner Chuck Warren asked his colleagues where they draw the line between how the clinic will affect the neighborhood and protecting the private property rights of a business owner.

Warren told the Commission he thought they should explore options with a public hearing, which the commissioners voted down.

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Abortion Debate
6:09 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Will The Former Tiller Clinic Be Rezoned?

The Metropolitan Area Planning Commission is expected to consider a request Thursday to rezone the clinic that formerly belonged to assassinated doctor, George Tiller. He performed abortions at the facility in east Wichita.

A representative from Kansans for Life and the new owner of the medical clinic are expected to address the commission.

THE QUEST TO REZONE

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Energy
5:41 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Westar To Help Customers With Energy Assistance Program

A Westar advisor will be in Wichita to help customers complete the paperwork for energy assistance.
Credit Westar Energy

Westar Energy advisers will be in Wichita Wednesday as part of an outreach program that helps low income Kansans fill out applications for assistance with home energy costs.

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program or (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that helps eligible households pay a portion of their utility bills by providing a one-time per year benefit.

Westar Energy spokesperson Gina Penzig says advisers are helping customers in several cities in Kansas complete the application process.

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Community
6:06 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Lecture Covers The History Of Black Newspapers In Kansas

Historian Aleen Ratzlaff holds up The Community Voice while speaking at the Wichita Public Library.
Credit Carla Eckels

Dozens took part in a lecture Wednesday on African-American newspapers and communities in Kansas at the Wichita Public Library downtown.

Historian Aleen Ratzlaff, professor of communications at Tabor College in Hillsboro, says Kansas has a rich history of newspapers that were owned and published by African-Americans and targeted to black readers.

"The emphasis has been on mainstream newspapers, but there were vital publications that were part of the African-American community as well as other ethic communities," he says.

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Wichita City Council
6:09 am
Wed February 13, 2013

Loss Of Federal Funds Will Reduce Programs For Wichitans

After a lengthy discussion Tuesday, the Wichita City council decided which programs would be funded by a federal block grant.

The Community Services Block Grant is expected to be cut in half, providing about $532,000 to support various service programs in Wichita. That means some programs that were previously funded will get less - or none.

Mary Kay Vaughn, Director of Housing and Community Services, told the council that the review committee had to prioritize what programs would get funded.

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Government
4:30 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

City Council Approves Landfill Contract, Increasing Capacity

The Wichita City Council approved a new contract Tuesday with Greengroup to operate a construction and demolition landfill in northwest Wichita.

Greengroup, formerly Herzog Environmental, has operated the landfill since 2001. The landfill will continue with current staff.

Don Henry, assistant director of Public Works and Utilities, told the council the contract includes ongoing operations of the landfill and provides for the opening of a new construction and demolition cell.

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Health
6:34 am
Tue February 12, 2013

Feeling Dizzy? What You Need To Know About Vertigo

Dr. Robert Jensen demonstrates infrared goggles used to diagnose vertigo on Angelica Garcia.
Credit Carla Eckels

A growing number of patients suffer from vertigo, an unsettling sense of one's environment spinning or moving.

Carol Taylor, 68, recalls the first time she had vertigo after a shopping excursion.

She had spent an entire Saturday shopping with friends, doing what they call "shop 'til you drop."

Which, she says, is exactly what she did when she got home.

"I found out later it was a vertigo attack," she says. "I went from an upright position to laying flat on the floor."

She was also sick to her stomach and extremely disoriented.

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Wichita City Council
6:05 am
Wed February 6, 2013

City Council Approves 10-Year, $12.5M Bike Plan

An illustration of one bike-friendly design option for Wichita streets.
Credit City of Wichita - Bicycle Master Plan

The Wichita City Council Tuesday approved the Bicycle Master Plan. It recommends ways to make bicycling easier, safer and more convenient in Wichita.

A 19-member steering committee worked on the plan for two years. More than 4,000 people participated in the planning process at various meetings and events.

At the council meeting, Scott Wadle of the city's planning department outlined some of the recommendations:

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Community
4:46 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

What Did $100M Do For Downtown Wichita?

View of downtown Wichita from the top of the Old Town Square parking garage.
Credit chris.locke / flickr

Nearly $100 million was invested in downtown projects last year including the Ambassador Hotel, St. Mary's Cathedral and the YMCA.

This figure comes from the 2012 Project Downtown annual report that was presented to the Wichita City Council Tuesday by Jeff Fluhr, president of the Wichita Downtown Development Corp., and Scott Knebel from the city.

David Dixon, principle for planning and urban design at Goody Clancy out of Boston, was also part of the presentation because he helped craft the master plan.

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