Kate Clause

Morning Edition Host

When Kate hosted her first shift at KSWC ("The Jinx") in 2001, she was almost too afraid to open up the microphone. She quickly overcame that fear and has since reported breaking news, found her "jazz voice," and committed the Morning Edition clock to memory.

After studying writing and journalism at Southwestern College, Kate worked for KMUW in 2006 as a news intern. She moved from short news spots to filling in as a host. She spent some time learning to report breaking news at KFDI-FM, then came to rest as KMUW's All Things Considered host and operations assistant.

In 2009, Kate and her husband Raymond moved to Portland, Oregon, where Kate worked as Oregon Public Broadcasting's radio operations coordinator. She supported OPB radio, opbmusic.org, and KMHD Jazz Radio. Her favorite moments at OPB include giving Dr. Lonnie Smith directions to a "diner with great breakfast," being a background extra during a Rick Steves TV taping, and yarn-bombing the radio interview room with fellow knitters.

Though she'll miss her 90-minute drive to the ocean, Kate jumped at the chance to work with her friends at KMUW again as Morning Edition host. She and Raymond look forward to hanging out with friends and family and riding their bikes around Wichita.

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OnWords
1:07 pm
Tue October 7, 2014

On Words: 'I Know, Right?'

Rachel McAdams as Regina George in the movie Mean Girls.
Credit http://meangirlgifs.tumblr.com/

There are various origin stories for the phrase “I know, right?” In The Week magazine, James Harbeck attributes the popularization of this phrase to the movie

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Education
11:00 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Kansans Can Take Free GED Practice Tests

From now through Friday, October 3rd, Kansans who visit a local adult education center can take GED practice tests for free through the See For Free program.

The practice test will help learners see if they are ready for the real GED test, and it gives them a free personalized study plan based on their results.

Today, there are approximately 230,000 Kansans who are without a high school credential.

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Politics
10:58 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Candidates To Debate At The Kansas State Fair

If you want to hear some candidates in this fall's elections speak for themselves and spar against their opponents, there is an opportunity tomorrow at the Kansas State Fair.

The fair in Hutchinson along with WIBW radio is hosting a gubernatorial debate between incumbent Governor Sam Brownback and Democratic challenger Paul Davis at 10:00 a.m.

At 11:00 a.m., the fair is hosting a senatorial candidate debate between incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts and independent candidate Greg Orman.

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Community
6:30 am
Tue September 2, 2014

What is Wichita's Brand? You Can Help Decide

Wichita, Kansas flag, designed by artist Cecil McAlister in 1937.
Credit Mysid / Wikimedia Commons

How would you describe Wichita to a friend from Michigan? To a student from Zimbabwe? To a business looking to relocate from Connecticut? In essence, what makes Wichita Wichita?

That's what city leaders want to know, and what they want your help discovering.

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Government
11:58 am
Wed August 20, 2014

$250K Grant Aims To Increase Awareness Of Kansas Exports

Governor Sam Brownback announced Tuesday the Kansas Department of Commerce is partnering with Kansas Global Trade Services on a $250,000 grant from the Legislature to increase awareness of the importance of exports for the Kansas economy.

The grant will allow Wichita-based Kansas Global to work with communities in the state to promote exports and identify companies with potential to increase exports and create jobs.

Kansas Global is a private, trade advisory firm that builds services ranging from global information to strategic marketing.

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Politics
12:47 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

KS Sectetary Of State Candidates Clash Over Election Official

Democratic Kansas Secretary of State candidate Jean Schodorf says Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman should be fired.

Former State Senator Schodorf says Election Commissioner Lehman has made a series of work errors, most recently involving a petition that would place marijuana decriminalization on the fall ballot.

The office initially misreported the signature count and misplaced some of the signatures.

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Transportation
11:39 am
Wed August 13, 2014

Wichita Transit Adds Two Stops On WIchita State Campus

Beginning Monday, Wichita Transit's East 17th Street route will run through the Wichita State University main campus instead of around it.

Wichita Transit buses will use existing WSU Shuttle System bus shelters to provide two inbound and two outbound stops on campus.

Currently, the 17th Street route offers only one stop serving WSU, on the south edge of campus. That stop will be discontinued.

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Government
11:34 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Mayor Reschedules China Trip For November

An upcoming trade mission to China led by Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer has been rescheduled for November.

The mission was originally scheduled to cover six cities over a 12-day period in August. Feedback from interested businesses who might accompany the mission, as well as from Chinese trade partners, suggested a November schedule would be more effective.

The itinerary has now been changed to visit five cities over nine days, from November 8 - 16.

Mayor Brewer says, "China represents a tremendous new market opportunity."

Government
10:53 am
Wed July 30, 2014

Genetically Engineered Foods Enter Kansas Congressional Primary

The debate over the labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients has reached the 4th congressional district primary in Kansas. Now, outside money is flowing into the heated race.

Incumbent U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo introduced federal legislation in April that would keep states from requiring that bio-engineered foods be labeled as such.

Farm groups support the bill because the majority of the nation's corn and soybean crops are genetically engineered to resist insects and herbicides; the industry says foods containing them are safe.

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Community
11:23 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Community Organization Abandons Hope Of Restoring Joyland Amusement Park

The Historic Preservation Alliance of Wichita and Sedgwick County removed the iconic Joyland sign in May to be preserved and stored.
Credit Wikipedia.org

Restore Hope Inc, a group that has worked for three years to restore the Joyland Amusement Park in Wichita, is calling it quits.

Kira Johnson, who led the three-year effort, says a lack of time and money led the group to disband.

The group thanked members for their support over the years on its Facebook page. It said if donors had pre-purchased park passes, their money would be refunded.

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