Jonathan Huber

Morning Edition host

Jonathan (or “Jon,” as he goes by off air) grew up in South Hutchinson.

 

He previously worked as a staff announcer and reporter for almost three years at 88.1 WVPE in Elkhart, Indiana, where some of his more notable coverage included campaign stops of Bernie Sanders, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump in the 2016 primary election, as well as President Obama’s visit to Elkhart. Jonathan honed his announcing skills as host of All Things Considered a few times a week, filling in on other shifts when necessary, and operating the board during breaking news and live special coverage.

 

Jonathan majored in Communication Arts at Bethel College in North Newton and had a weekly radio show on 88.1 KBCU, where he played music recorded in live settings, from rock to bluegrass. He also served as a play-by-play announcer for home soccer games.

 

But his true public radio calling did not occur in Elkhart or even in college. It happened when he was placed behind a microphone during a pledge drive at the station where his father hosts Morning Edition. He says, “Nobody could make the phones ring like a four-year-old reciting the telephone number!”

 

When not working hard at the station, Jonathan enjoys spending time with his wife and their nieces and nephews, smoking meat, homebrewing beer and cider, acquiring and listening to vinyl records, playing disc golf, and following mediocre sports teams, like the Minnesota Twins and the German soccer club 1899 Hoffenheim.

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Science Friday is coming to Wichita this fall, but this weekend, KMUW is hosting an event called Science Saturday. Sarah Jane Crespo, director of community engagement at KMUW, spoke with Jonathan Huber about the event.

2017 marked the 46th annual Wichita River Festival - where a button is admission to contests, concerts, and a food court, among many other activities.

Wichita's Final Friday started as a small art crawl in downtown Wichita. Now, the sounds of street musicians, art gallery receptions, and the Q-Line streetcars can be heard through the area in what's grown into a city-wide community celebration. KMUW's Jonathan Huber brings you this audio postcard.

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Voters in Goddard and Clearwater voted Tuesday on school bonds that would build storm shelters and improve security in district buildings.

The $52 million bond in Goddard passed with 69 percent of the vote. More than 2500 votes were cast.

That bond will pay for 90 projects throughout the district's 12 schools, nine of which would receive storm shelters. Heating and air conditioning units would be updated, and parking lots improved. Every classroom door in the district would receive intruder prevention locks.