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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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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Health
6:00 am
Fri May 30, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Brett Hogan

Speed cyclist Brett Hogan
Credit Special to KMUW

Wichita cyclist Brett Hogan likes to ride in races, for long distances, and fast. He got into bicycling in high school, when his swim coach told him he could improve his performance by adding cycling to his fitness regime. He hopped on a bike and didn't look back.

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Health
10:54 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Governor Brownback Unveils Plan To Improve Mental Health Care, But Some Say He Could Do Better

Gov.  Sam Brownback is making a major push to improve the state’s mental health system. The governor's plan creates a behavioral health sub-cabinet within state government, targets substance abuse for its role in exacerbating mental illness, and increases financial investment in current treatment programs, among other things. 

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Community
10:23 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Attorney General Gathering Input On Signs For Places That Bar Openly Carried Firearms

Kan. Attorney Gen. Derek Schmidt is holding a meeting Wednesday, May 28, to discuss regulations for signs that people must post to keep guns off their premises. Schmidt's office is soliciting public input about what should be required for the new "no-gun signs."

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Health
6:30 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Hoyt Hillman

Hoyt Hillman (center) and GreenWay Alliance volunteers install a public dock along the Arkansas River in downtown Wichita.
Credit Carla Eckels / KMUW

Hoyt Hillman is the President of the GreenWay Alliance of Wichita, a non-profit group that works for a network of parks, trails and greenways in the south-central Kansas area. Hillman has been working to create green spaces for decades. 

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Wichita Mosaic
6:00 am
Wed May 28, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Dan Dillon

Dan, his wife, Carol, and granddaughter, Vayda, visit the zoo in April.
Dan Dillon

Wichita is a city with people from many cultures and backgrounds. A jigsaw puzzle made up of colorful and interlocking pieces. But how much do we really know about the people that live here?

Nebraska native Dan Dillon moved to Wichita almost fresh out of college in 1979 to be News Director of KFDI. It was one of his first radio jobs since graduating with a degree in broadcast journalism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Health
6:00 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Wichita Police Sgt. Travis Rakestraw

Wichita Police Sgt. Travis Rakestraw
Kate Clause KMUW

Sgt. Travis Rakestraw works with the Accident Follow-Up Unit and the Robbery Investigation Section of the Wichita Police Department. When it comes to street accidents, he says his unit sees "the worst of the worst." Sgt. Rakestraw says if both bicyclists and motor vehicle drivers pay more attention to each other, his team will have fewer serious or fatal accidents to investigate each year, and more people can get where they want to go safely. 

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Health
9:14 am
Fri May 23, 2014

Bike Month Profile: Ruth Holliday

Bicycle Pedaler Ruth Holliday shows off a poster of bicycle benefits and facts that she often takes to school presentations.
Credit Kate Clause / KMUW

Ruth Holliday owns the Bicycle Pedaler in Wichita along with her husband, Bob. The two met when they were RNs and bonded over their love of biking--so much so that they biked for their honeymoon in California. Over the years, Ruth and Bob have biked in New Zealand's two islands and Pacific Highway 1.

She and Bob started Bicycle Pedaler to be a welcoming place for bicyclists, a bicycle store owned by two avid bikers. They're still at it, 34 years later.

Hear Ruth talk about why she rides, what kind of gear new bicyclists need, and her favorite places to go.

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Government
3:21 pm
Wed May 21, 2014

Topeka Passes Ordinances To Establish Domestic Partnerships, Reduce LGBT Discrimination

The Topeka City Council approved two ordinances Tuesday to reduce discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. 

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