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.


5:48 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Top Morning News 4.16.13

Kansas surgeon treats victims of Boston bombing; Analysts call Kansas tax plan worst in nation; Westar energy requests rate hike; New park proposed for Kansas

Kansas Surgeon Treats Boston Bombing Victims

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2:39 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Survey Shows Homelessness Down in Sedgwick County, Slightly

The latest Point-In-Time Homeless Count shows a slight decrease in homelessness in Sedgwick County--very slight. Results show that, as of January 31 of this year,  the county has 12 fewer people who are experiencing literal homelessness than on the same date in 2012. 

The survey represents only a snapshot of homelessness on one night.

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6:44 am
Fri April 12, 2013

Top Morning News 4.12.13

Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Expands To Wichita

The program began a little more than two years ago to help Medicare avoid overpaying for items like scooters, diabetic testing supplies, and oxygen tanks.


Kansas Bill Seeks To Change Human Trafficking Focus

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6:00 am
Thu April 11, 2013

Top Morning News 4.11.13 (Updated)

Wichita pastor accused of staking faces hearing; $714 million for Manhattan biosecurity lab in Obama's budget; Fewer Kansans getting health insurance through employers; Brownback signs religious freedom measure: Judge rules against Wyandotte Nation on Park City land.

Wichita Pastor Accused Of Stalking Faces Hearing

A pastor accused of stalking the executive director of Trush Women Foundation--a newly opened women's clinic in Wichita--is expected to be in court Thursday.

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5:20 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Top Morning News 4.10.13

Despite rain, ground still too dry for burning; Judge orders restitution in child porn case; Washburn University holding Jules Verne film fest. 

Burn Ban In Effect, Despite Recent Rain

Though much of Kansas has received plenty of rain recently, state fire officials say it's still too dry for outdoor burning.

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6:19 am
Tue April 9, 2013

Top Morning News 4.9.13

 Kansas budget still not set as lawmakers take a break from the Statehouse; The Kansas Board of Education is set to adopt new history standards; Rain helps crops a little as spring planting begins.

Kan. 2014 Budget In Flux As Lawmakers Adjourn

Kansas legislators left for their month-long break without finalizing the state's $14 billion budget.


Kan. Ed Board Set To Approve History Standards

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Crime and Courts
12:47 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

Gov. Brownback Appoints Faith Maughan To 18th Court District

Gov. Sam Brownback appointed Faith Maughan to the 18th Judicial District Court on Monday.

The 18th district covers all of Sedgwick County. The state's 31 Judicial Districts serve as trial courts for the state; they oversee all civil and criminal cases.

Maughan currently serves as judge in the city of Colwich and as prosecutor for the cities of Maize and Park City. On her website, she describes herself as a "pro-life, constitutional conservative, veteran with her roots in small-town Kansas."

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6:12 am
Mon April 8, 2013

Top Morning News 4.8.13

University of Kansas Medical Center to start stem cell research; Lawmakers pass bill to reduce telecom regulations; Opponents see abortion bill as a new threat to choice in Kansas.

Kan. Lawmakers Approve Adult Stem Cell Center

Kansas lawmakers have approved a bill that would require the University of Kansas Medical Center to start a center to promote research and use of adult stem cells, cord blood and related stem cell therapies.

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6:25 am
Fri April 5, 2013

1,100 Expected To Turn Out For Kansas Science Olympiad

Students participate in the "Robot Ramble" at a previous Kansas Science Olympiad.
Credit Courtesy / Wichita State University

The Kansas Science Olympiad takes place in Wichita Saturday. Students from 30 middle and high schools across the state will compete in events like bridge building, thermodynamics and robotics. 

Wichita State University has hosted the Olympiad for 26 years. 

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5:40 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Top Morning News 4.5.13

House legalizes switchblades; Kan. Department of Ag moving to Manhattan; Bill with HIV quarantine concerns is advancing.

House Passes Bill Legalizing Switchblades

A bill making it legal to own switchblades and stiletto-type knives is awaiting for Gov. Sam Brownback's signature.

The Kansas House passed the measure 95-26 on Thursday, a day after the measure cleared the Senate.

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