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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Education
8:04 am
Wed October 9, 2013

WSU Promotes Science Careers For Girls

Wichita State University is hosting a career conference emphasizing science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) for young women.

The Expanding Your Horizons conference for middle school girls is in its first year.

The students can participate in workshops like "Polymers, Polymers Everywhere!," "Clean Air is Always in Fashion," and "The Slime is ALIVE!" The girls will also meet role models in science disciplines.

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Education
1:14 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

Kansas Supreme Court Justice Worries About 'Constant Litigation' From School Districts

A Kansas Supreme Court Justice Eric Rosen said during a hearing Tuesday he worries about "constant litigation" if the court sides with school districts that have sued the state to increase public education funding.

A state law enacted in 2006 set the state's base funding for public schools at $4,492 per student each year, but the current base state funding is $3,838 per student, or nearly 15 percent less. In 2010, a lower court ruled that the state must boost its annual spending on public schools by at least $440 million a year.  That lawsuit followed one filed in 1999. 

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Crime
7:37 am
Tue October 8, 2013

City Of Wichita Website Hacked, Compromises Employee Financial Information

Wichita officials say a city website was hacked over the weekend.

The crime possibly compromised the financial information of current or former employees who have been reimbursed for expenses since 1997, as well as vendors that have done business with the city.

The hackers may have stolen social security numbers, taxpayer identification numbers, and banking information.

As many as 29,000 vendors and employees may be affected.

The security breach has been corrected and the city is in the process of notifying those affected.

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Community
9:13 am
Fri October 4, 2013

WSU Speech Language Clinic Offering Free Screenings

Wichita State University's Evelyn Hendren Cassat Speech-Language-Hearing Clinic is offering free hearing screenings on Mondays the rest of this month, on Oct. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

Appointments are open to the general public and available from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-4:30 p.m.

The clinic also offers hearing evaluation services, hearing aids, etc.

The clinic is located at the WSU Hughes Metropolitan Complex, Entrance T, at 29th and Oliver. Appointments can be scheduled by calling 978-3289.

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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