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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News
5:33 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Top Morning News 4.4.13

Lawmakers need more time for income tax deal; Additions could be made to anti-aboriton bill; Three men arrested in synthetic marijuana scheme.

Kansas Tax Deal On Hold

Negotiators for the Kansas House and Senate say agreement on a plan for more cuts in income taxes is unlikely until May.

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Lawmakers Adding To Sweeping Anti-Abortion Measure

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Economy
12:04 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Kansas Gets 'A' Grade For Small Business-Friendly Practices

Kansas received an "A" grade again this year from Thumbtack.com's Small Business Survey. The grade was the seventh highest in the country.

The survey bases its grades on data gathered from a nationwide group of more than 7,000 small business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs in order to rank the best places in the country to do business. The rankings were released in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation.

Kansas received its overall A grade thanks to a strong showing in several categories:

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News
5:32 am
Wed April 3, 2013

Top Morning News 4.3.13

Wichita and Sedgwick County election results are in; Anti-abortion legislation passes in Senate; Drug testing bill ready for Gov's signature; Ogallala Aquifer group to meet; Prison art on display at Statehouse.

Close Races For Wichita City Council, School Board

Wichita and Sedgwick county elections were held Tuesday. Wichita saw close races in for both City Council and School Board.

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News
5:23 am
Tue April 2, 2013

Top Morning News 4.2.13

Kansas House and Senate moving toward income tax deal; Union paycheck bill signed by governor; Kansas economy slipped slightly in March.

Tax Negotiations Moving Slowly

Negotiators from the Kansas House and Senate report little progress in working out differences in income tax plans.

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Union Paycheck Deduction Bill Signed Into Law

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News
5:35 am
Mon April 1, 2013

Top Morning News 4.1.13

Lawmakers look for final push as the 2013 legislative session winds down; Officials blame short revenue on Feds; KanCare selection period ends on Thursday.

Kansas GOP Leaders Eye Final Push On Budget, Taxes

Kansas legislators are returning from a long weekend Monday determined to push through tax legislation, the next state budget, and every other bill of any significance in just five days.

Republicans leaders have pledged that lawmakers will finish almost all of the year's work by Friday.

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Economy
1:15 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Kansas Unemployment Rate Holds Steady, Though State Gained 15,400 Jobs in February

Unemployment rates by county
Credit Kansas Department of Labor

The jobless rate in Kansas isn't falling, but it didn't get worse in February. 

The (not seasonally adjusted) unemployment rate declined from 6.2 to 5.8 percent, while the smooth seasonally adjusted number remained steady at 5.5 percent for the fourth month. In February 2012, the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.9 percent. 

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News
5:25 am
Fri March 29, 2013

Top Morning News 3.29.13 (UPDATED)

 Updated 8:45 AM

Kansas farmers planting differently due to drought; Gov. Brownback says gay marriage issue is settled in Kansas; Pizza Hut promises free pizza if the Shockers win the NCAA title; Kansas students to participate in Geographic Bee.

Kan. Farmers Plan To Sow Less Corn, More Sorghum

Kansas farmers are planting fewer acres of thirsty crops like corn and soybeans this spring and more of drought-tolerant crops like sorghum.

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2013 Legislative Session
7:14 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Bill Would Allow Quarantine Of Kansans With HIV/AIDS (UPDATED)

Updated March 29, 2:29 p.m.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment sent a news release Friday to address concerns about the substitute in House bill 2183 regarding infectious and contagious diseases.

In the release, Kansas state epidemiologist Charles Hunt says recent media coverage has been based on a false premise and that "it is not and never was the state's intent to seek the authority for isolation or quarantine of persons related to HIV."

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News
5:38 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Top Morning News 3.28.13

Signatures delivered to Brownback in support of Medicaid expansion; Wichita Senator says we must keep the sales tax rate as is; Study says medical costs could increase after overhaul.

Group Delivers 2,700 Signatures Asking Brownback To Expand Medicaid

Supporters of expanding Medicaid delivered nearly 3,000 signatures to Gov. Sam Brownback's office Wednesday, asking him to support an expansion of the state's Medicaid program.

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Transportation
1:24 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Wichita Transit Adds 4 New Buses To Its Fleet

Wichita officials ushered four new transit buses into service Wednesday.

Mayor Carl Brewer and Wichita Transit Director Steve Spade joined city council members and others for the "inaugural ride."

City council members approved a plan Tuesday to purchase as many as 20 buses in the next two years to upgrade the aging fleet of 56 buses. The transit center's fleet travels nearly 2 million miles annually, and it's one of the oldest in the region.

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