Julia Holen

Julia's first two loves were radio and Jason, the original red Power Ranger. In fourth grade, she panicked while recording radio promos for her local 4-H group in northwestern Kansas. When she was in sixth grade, she and her mother "played the puzzle" with Will Shortz on NPR. She totally froze up on the air. It was a series of opportunities - for which she credits Wichita State's Cooperative Education Department - that desensitized her to the sound of her own voice.

Two-a-half years ago, Julia landed the internship in commercial radio that became the springboard for successive opportunities. Her second radio internship led to employment in the news department of a commercial radio broadcast group in Wichita. In the last year, Julia's successfully ventured into freelance print journalism.

Julia is a senior in Wichita State's Elliott School of Communication and will graduate in May '14 with a BA in Integrated Marketing Communications.

Global Music
5:00 am
Thu March 27, 2014

The Soweto Gospel Choir – Grounded In The Music Of South Africa

The Soweto Gospel Choir
Credit www.kalamu.com

One of the best known sounds from Africa is the music of South Africa - and one of the best known South African groups these days is the Soweto Gospel Choir - a super group made up of some of the best voices of the townships. The choir ranges from 20 to 30 members and is accompanied by bass, guitar, drum and keyboard – as well as lively dancing. From the beginning, the Choir has been an international hit and has acted as musical ambassadors to the world. They are currently in the midst of a 37-city U.S. tour.

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5:00 am
Fri February 7, 2014

Double 'V' For WWII Victory: African Americans In The Armed Forces

World War II veteran and 20-year serviceman, John Monk, 98.
Credit Carla Eckels

It’s reported that less than half of the 2.5-million African American soldiers who registered for the armed forces at the beginning of World War II were called to serve. Those who were enlisted found that as they served their country abroad, they still faced less than a democratic reception at home.

The Pittsburgh Courier, one of the most widely circulated African-American newspapers of its time, received a humble, patriotic, but assertive letter to the editor in 1942. It was penned by 26 year-old African American James G. Thompson of Wichita.

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11:30 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Controversial KBOR Social Media Policy Will Stand - For Now

In December, the Kansas Board of Regents instituted a policy governing social media use for the six-university system in the state. The controversy over the sweeping policy and the possibility of first amendment issues has been heating up ever since. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc has this report:  


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10:05 am
Mon January 13, 2014

Kansans Continue Push For Medicaid Expansion

Credit Julia Schwinn-Holen

85,000 uninsured Kansans have found themselves in the so-called Medicaid gap, unable to receive federal or state funding to help cover healthcare costs. Governor Brownback has deferred the issue to state lawmakers. Many local residents spoke about the issue at a legislative forum.

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Crime and Courts
3:00 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Scott Roeder Appeal Set In First-Degree Murder Case Of Dr. George Tiller

The late Dr. George Tiller.
Credit Courtesy photo

Later this month, the Kansas Supreme Court will consider an appeal by the man convicted of first-degree murder in the case of Dr. George Tiller. Roeder fatally shot Tiller inside of Tiller’s church on May 31, 2009 in Wichita, Kan. Tiller performed third-trimester abortions and during the original trial his killer, Scott Roeder, admitted to planning Tiller’s murder for years.

In April 2013, Julie Burkhart, Executive Director of South Wind Women's Center, reopened a clinic in the space where Dr. Tiller’s practice once operated.

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