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
8:00 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Photos: Four Places In Delano You Might Not Suspect Were Haunted

Nancy Lawrence of Central Plains Novelty.
Credit Kate Clause / KMUW

When you think of haunted places, certain venues come to mind: creaky old houses, churches, hospitals, cemeteries perhaps. But if you take a walk in the historic Delano district in Wichita, you might be surprised where people are claiming to find ghosts. Here are some surprising places in Delano that people swear are haunted.

1. Central Plains Novelty, 905 W. Douglas

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Health
9:05 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Kansas Health Care Exchange Now Online, But Not Without Problems

Kansas' health care exchange is online now at Healthcare.gov.

However, some proponents of the federal health care law that created the marketplace think consumers should wait until any glitches have been fixed before they buy coverage.

Sheldon Weisgrau of the Health Reform Resource Project says people can start buying coverage through the exchange today, but they don't have to. They have until December 15 if they want their coverage to start in January.

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Community
9:00 am
Fri September 20, 2013

The Big Read Celebrates Literacy, Wichita Heritage

This is the 6th year Wichita is participating in The Big Read, a celebration of literacy where communities nationwide read the same book each October.

Wichita and 77 other cities will read True Grit by Charles Portis.

First published as a serial in the Saturday Evening Post, the story follows a young woman and her journey to seek retribution for her father's murder.

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Politics
11:49 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Democrat Paul Davis To Run Against Governor Brownback In 2014

Paul Davis announced Tuesday that he intends to run against Gov. Brownback in 2014
Credit via Paul Davis' Facebook profile

Democrat Paul Davis says he's entering the 2014 Kansas Gubernatorial Race. Davis is an attorney in Lawrence, currently serving in the Kansas Legislature as House minority leader.

David announced his plans to challenge Republican Gov. Sam Brownback Tuesday on social media. It's his first attempt at holding a statewide office. 

In an online video announcing his candidacy, Davis says he wants to focus on education, protecting the middle class and rewarding hard work in Kansas.

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Business
1:37 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Spirit Aerosystems Lays Off 150 Salaried Workers

Credit Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit Aerosystems continued downsizing Thursday by laying off about 150 salaried and management employees in Wichita.

In addition to the layoffs, the company says a "significant number" of salaried employees have expressed interest in voluntary retirement and voluntary layoff programs.

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Community
8:42 am
Thu September 12, 2013

Meet KMUW's New News Director

Aileen LeBlanc, KMUW news director
Credit Chandra Stauffer / KMUW

KMUW has hired a new news director, and we're happy to welcome Aileen LeBlanc to the KMUW staff.

Aileen is a public media veteran with more than 30 years in the industry.

She comes to KMUW after working as a documentary film producer for three years. And before that, as the news director at WYSO, a public radio station in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

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Crime and Courts
2:57 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Kansas Court Of Appeals Judges To Hear Case Arguments At WSU

The hearings will be held in WSU's CAC Theater.
Credit Wichita State University

A three-judge panel of the Kansas Court of Appeals will hear seven cases on Sept. 17 at Wichita State University, as part of the college's Constitution Day events.

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Education
1:43 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Sequester Cuts 440 Fewer Kids In State Head Start Programs, 74 Fewer Spots In Wichita

The Kansas Head Start Association says 440 fewer children will be able to participate in its programs because of sequester cuts.

Before the federal budget cuts took effect earlier this year, Kansas Head Start programs had more than 9,000 slots for children from low-income families. The sequester this year reduced Head Start's budget by over 5 percent.

Head Start is designed to combat poverty by offering preschool education, improving early-childhood nutrition and well-being, and encouraging parent involvement.

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Energy
12:56 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Is Westar Asking For Too Much Money? Consumer Advocate Group Says Yes

A Kansas consumer advocate agency is saying that Westar Energy, Inc. can make necessary environmental improvements at its power plants with a smaller rate increase than it requested.

An attorney for the Citizens' Utility Ratepayer Board filed testimony with the Kansas Corporation Commission yesterday, saying Westar could reduce its rate increase request by $1 million and still accomplish its goals.

CURB also argues against Westar's plan to shift the burden of the increase away from large businesses to residential customers.

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Politics
2:52 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Sue Federal Election Commission

Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed the suit against the U.S. Election Assistance Commission Wednesday.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Kansas and Arizona officials have filed a federal lawsuit to try require voter applicants to show proof of citizenship.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett filed the lawsuit today in federal court in Topeka.

The suit seeks to change federal voter registration forms to require documents proving citizenship. Currently, the forms require that an applicant make an oath affirming citizenship.

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