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.


7:54 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Wichitans Join National Effort To Raise Wages For Fast Food Workers

Supporters hold signs and greet passersby at 17th and Hillside
Hugo Phan

Almost two dozen Wichitans gathered in the cold Thursday to protest low wages for fast food workers.

First, the group entered the McDonald's at 17th and Hillside around 11:30 AM and greeted the bewildered staff behind the service counter. The group thanked them for their hard work and explained they were there to support them.

A local pastor named David Hansen lead a prayer, asking God for positive change in the fast food industry.

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5:00 am
Thu December 5, 2013

Staff Members Reflect On McCain's Time At KMUW

KMUW General Manager Mark McCain during a typical pledge drive.

KMUW General Manager Mark McCain has retired from the station and licensee Wichita State University. WSU made the information public yesterday in a press release.

McCain has worked at KMUW for almost 25 years and station membership and support have grown because of his leadership.

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9:08 am
Tue December 3, 2013

KMUW's GM Mark McCain Announces Retirement

KMUW general manager Mark McCain has announced his retirement from the station and licensee Wichita State University. WSU announced the information this morning in a press release. McCain cited a family medical concern for his decision.

McCain has worked at KMUW for almost 25 years, beginning as music director in 1989. Station membership and support have grown because of his leadership.

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11:57 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Terry Presta Of Overland Park Named Executive Director Of The Kansas Lottery

Terry P. Presta has been named the Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery. He currently serves as a member of the 10th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission.
Credit www.jocojnc.org/ / Tenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission

Gov, Sam Brownback appointed Terry Presta as the Executive Director of the Kansas Lottery Wednesday. 

Presda was the president of Overland Park-based Presto Convenience Stores until December of 2010. Gov. Brownback says Presda brings more than 30 years of experience as a business owner and operator to his new role with the Kansas Lottery. 

Brownback added that Presda will bring more energy to the lottery "as we focus on growing sales and increasing transfers to the state." 

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Crime and Courts
9:39 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Report: Domestic Violence Numbers At Its Highest Since 1992

A recent report from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation shows the number of domestic violence incidents in Kansas is at its highest since 1992.

The KBI's Domestic Violence, Stalking and Rape in Kansas report is based on 2012 statistical data submitted to the agency by Kansas law enforcement agencies.

Since 1992, state law enforcement agencies have been required to make mandatory arrests for domestic violence incidents--when there is probable cause that a crime was committed.

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6:28 am
Fri November 22, 2013

KMUW Listeners Remember the Day JFK Was Killed

Photo portrait of John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.
Credit www.jfklibrary.org / White House Press Office

Recently, we asked you to share your memories of the day President John F. Kennedy was killed in Dallas, on this day in 1963.  Here are some of the stories you shared.

1) Barbara Chamberlin, from Wichita, was in the 8th grade:

It seemed so personal. Because he was such a wonderful President, an incredible human being.

2) Grant Overstake, from Wichita, was in the 1st grade:

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3:06 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Report: Those With Mental Illness Twice As Likely To Smoke

Jeff Willett with the Kansas Health Foundation says Kansans with mental illness are twice as likely to smoke as the general population.

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9:00 am
Thu October 17, 2013

Ghost Hunt In Wellington: Do You Hear The Voices?

A view of the second-floor hallway at the old Wellington High School.
Sheree Smith KMUW

Kansas is home to a surprisingly large number of paranormal investigation groups. Many of them are volunteer-driven; members buy their own ghost-hunting equipment and spend their own time researching locations and recording their own data.

In this sense, Moonlit Ghost Hunts or MGH is unique. It's a business that lets amateur ghost hunters--or people simply curious about the paranormal--research along with the paranormal investigators.

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3:32 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Kansas Can Float Some State Agencies, But Not For Long

Gov. Brownback issued a statement Friday saying his administration is committed to minimizing the effects of the shutdown. The governor says the state can juggle its cash reserves to fund programs that are usually sustained by federal dollars.

For example, the state had enough in its reserve for the governor to cancel furloughs for state workers who process unemployment benefits Friday.

9:25 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Agent Hacker Group Of Turkey Takes Credit For Hacking City Of Wichita's Website

An image the Agent Hacking Group posted to its Twitter account, and which it says it posted to the city websites it hacked
Credit @AgentCorporatio / Twitter

A Turkish group calling itself the Agent Hacker Group has taken credit for hacking one of the City of Wichita's websites.

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