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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Community
11:43 am
Fri May 2, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Preserve Funding For Public Broadcasting

House and Senate negotiators also preserved a state grant of $600,000 for Kansas public TV and radio stations.

The money is the same amount allotted in the current year, but down from the $3.8 million dollars the state provided as recently as 2008.

The funding bill for the upcoming fiscal year now goes to the full House and Senate.

The state provides about 1 percent of funding for public broadcasting stations in Kansas City and Lawrence.

KMUW receives a small portion of its budget from the state, about $35,000.

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Agriculture
11:28 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Kansas Horse Tests Positive For Equine Herpes Virus

The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health says a horse in northeast Kansas has been confirmed positive with a wild type of non-neurotropic Equine Herpes Virus, or EHV-1.

The affected horse has been euthanized.

This horse had previously been to a large barrel racing event in Lincoln, Nebraska, where in the days following the event, a Wisconsin horse has also been confirmed positive for EHV-1 and euthanized.

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Wichita Mosaic
6:25 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Wichita Mosaic: Chris Maslen

Chris Maslen as Bernard Nightingale in Top Stoppard's Arcadia
Jerry Fritchman Wichita Center For the Arts

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?

Actor and comedian Chris Maslen was born in Kansas, but has spent most of his life in Seattle, Washington.

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Government
12:39 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Two Senior Citizens Drop Lawsuit Challenging Kansas' Voter Citizenship Law

Two elderly Kansas men have dropped their lawsuit challenging a new state law that requires voters to show photo ID at the polls.

Attorney Jim Lawing said on Thursday Arthur Spry and Charles Hamner asked to have the case dismissed because it would not be heard before this year’s elections.

U.S. District Judge Kathryn Vratil in Kansas City has granted their request for a dismissal.

The judge was still considering whether the case should be heard in federal court or state court, as the two men had wanted.

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Community
10:14 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Kansas Highway Patrol Troopers Surprised How Well Twitter Helps Share Traffic And Storm Info

Updated on Thursday, April 10 at 11:52am.

A group of seven Kansas Highway Patrol officers called the Tweeting Troopers is discovering the power of social media to spread information during storms, traffic obstructions or simply to post educational messages.

Trooper Gary Warner, based in Wichita, said he's been impressed with how quickly and widely tweets he sends are disseminated since the group was formed in January. He said it’s not uncommon to have up to 70,000 people view a tweet minutes after it’s posted.

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Education
10:55 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Kansas Legislature Passes Education Bill

The state Legislature narrowly backed a bill last night that would boost funding to poor school districts and eliminate tenure for teachers.

Teachers wearing red shirts looked on in protest as 63 House members - the minimum needed - voted in favor of the bill, while 57 voted against it.

Hours earlier, the Senate approved it with a 22-16 vote. It needed 21 votes to pass.

The bill now heads to Governor Sam Brownback, who has already released a statement praising it.

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Community
10:37 am
Mon March 31, 2014

Immigration Mural Restored For The Second Time, Security Cameras Installed To Deter Future Mischief

The "Immigration is Beautiful" mural after its second restoration. A security camera has also been installed to catch future vandals.
Credit Carla Eckels

Volunteers have removed two swastikas that were spray-painted onto a mural in Wichita. On Saturday, volunteers scrubbed off two swastikas that had been sprayed in black paint on "Immigration is beautiful" mural in north Wichita.

High school students painted the art on the side of a store near 21st and Park Place. It depicts depicts two people wrapped in flags, one an American and one Mexican.

In early February, vandals also spray-painted the words "KKK," "welfare" and slur against people from Mexico on the mural.

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Government
11:39 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Gov. Brownback Signs A New Round Of Bills This Week

Governor Sam Brownback has signed 5 new bills into law this week.

House Bill 2210 - Prohibits residents from changing their party affiliation in an election year, from the date of the deadline for candidates to file for office in June through the certification of the results of the August Primary Election.

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Community
11:40 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Westboro Baptist Church Founder Fred Phelps Dies At Age 84

Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Rev. Fred Phelps Sr., the fiery founder of a small Topeka church who drew international condemnation for  hate-filled protests blamed almost everything--including the deaths of AIDS victims and U.S. soldiers--on America's tolerance for gay people, has died. He was 84.

Daughter Margie Phelps told The Associated Press that Fred Phelps died shortly after midnight Thursday. She didn't provide the cause of death or the condition that recently put him in hospice care.

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Education
10:06 am
Thu March 20, 2014

Gov. Brownback Calls On Lawmakers To Provide Full Aid To School Districts In Need

Governor Sam Brownback says legislators should fully fund aid to poor school districts and significantly increase state spending on public education.

Governor Brownback issued a statement yesterday outlining his principles in response to a recent Kansas Supreme Court decision in an education funding lawsuit.

The high court ruled earlier this month that past cuts in aid to poor districts left unconstitutional gaps between them and wealthier districts.

The Department of Education has estimated that fully reversing those cuts would cost $129 million dollars a year.

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