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.

Jonathan Huber

The Sedgwick County Zoo has sheep from various regions of the world, but they all share at least one thing in common: They get warm as temperatures climb into spring.

On one March Saturday, the zoo shears the sheep’s wool, while also providing necessary veterinarian examinations and vaccinations. The zoo makes a day of it, and demonstrates what happens to the wool after it’s shorn. It must be washed and dried, cleaned, brushed, and spun. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber visits the noisy spectacle in this Audio Postcard.

Jonathan Huber

Six hundred pounds of fish, 200 pounds of breading, and 60 gallons of potato soup. That’s what the people at the Colwich-St. Mark’s Knights of Columbus prepare for each of their three Friday fish fries during Lent. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber got in on the fun as they cooked for nearly 2000 hungry people.

Jonathan Huber

Kansas was the 34th state admitted to the Union on January 29th, 1861. The Kauffman Museum, in North Newton, annually holds a Kansas Day celebration. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber paid a visit on Saturday and found demonstrations of statehood-era equipment and methods. Bandanas were tied into baskets, twine turned into rope, and a machine that removed kernels of corn off of the cob, and, of course, carriage rides.

What goes up, must come down. That goes for the thermometer, too. Kansans saw above average temperatures last week and KMUW’s Jonathan Huber found people taking advantage of the good weather before winter returned with an icy vengeance in this Audio Postcard.

Each year at Botanica, from Thanksgiving through the New Year, thousands of people visit the garden for its Illuminations event to see more than a million holiday lights. Displays are set up throughout the park, Santa makes appearances, and visitors munch on popcorn and stay warm with hot cocoa. 

Jonathan Huber

December Saturdays in Old Town Square have been full of festive holiday spirit. Children could tell Santa their Christmas wishes, families went on horse-drawn carriage rides, and--last Saturday--a ukulele choir performed Christmas carols. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber files this audio postcard.

Jonathan Huber

Have you ever wondered how salt gets from 650 feet underground to icy roadways during winters? In this Audio Postcard, KMUW’s Jonathan Huber takes a trip to the massive underground caverns of the Hutchinson Salt Company, where General Manager Jim Barta explains how the salt goes from rock to road.

And here's some video Jonathan captured in the mine.

Jordan Kirtley

Autumn is fading in most of south central Kansas but you can still see color in the trees and fields.  KMUW’s Jonathan Huber took a walk along the Arkansas River and files this audio postcard.

Each year, teams of rowers from across the country gather for the Frostbite Regatta on the Little Arkansas River in Riverside. They sit on skinny boats - called skulls - racing quickly through the water to the cheers of enthusiastic crowds. The 26th annual race was held this past Saturday. In this Audio Postcard, you’ll hear races starting and the rowers with their coxswains shouting navigational and inspirational commands.

Jonathan Huber

The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City was established in the Flint Hills in 1996. The National Park Service operates the Spring Hill Ranch, which offers Living Ranch History Weekends between Memorial Day and October. KMUW's Jonathan Huber visited on a windy Saturday and prepared this audio postcard, which has sounds of a meal being cooked and a blacksmithing demonstration.