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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Due to the overwhelming response regarding proposed legislation clarifying corporal discipline, Representative Gail Finney of Wichita has released a statement to clarify her proposed bill.

Finney says while parental corporal discipline in Kansas has always been permitted in the state, it's never been defined in Kansas statute.

This omission has left the interpretation to administrative officials in the executive branch, law enforcement personnel, and the judicial branch.

Snow might not be in the forecast today, but roads are still slick due to six to nine inches of snow.

Here are some of today's closures:

Area Schools and Colleges:

Wichita Public Schools, Wichita State University, Cowley College, Wichita Area Technical College, Butler Community College, Newman University, and Friends University (including Topeka and Lenexa campuses) are among the schools that are closed today.

Southwestern College Professional Studies in Wichita will open at 10 am.

WichiWay.org / Kansas Department of Transportation

Update: Wichita State University has canceled classes for Wednesday.  

Update: Wichita Public Schools will be closed on Wednesday, Feb. 5th.

Update: Southwestern College has decided to close all campuses today, including its main Winfield campus.

The snow storm we've been preparing for is finally here. Almost all schools in the area are closed, as well as universities and many larger employers.

Closings on Tuesday, February 4:

K-12 Schools:

All Wichita Public Schools.

The Kansas Department for Children and Families--or DCF--has created a new, temporary program to help people who rely on propane for home heating.

What: Conference call for public comment/questions regarding disability services being rolled into KanCare, state's privately managed Medicaid program.

When: Today (Jan. 22) 8:30AM - 10:30AM

Conference Call Number: 1-800-811-9422.

Hugh Mason / Wikimedia Commons

You can share your thoughts on the future of Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center at several meetings coming up soon.

There's one tonight at 5:30 pm, and another on Monday night--both at Century II.

Hugo Phan / KMUW

Wichita City Council Member Lavonta Williams has been appointed to chair the 2014 Community and Economic Development Steering Committee of the National League of Cities. 

The National League of Cities provides resources and advocates for 19,000 cities, towns and villages in the U.S. 

Wichita Public Schools

Despite the wind chill advisory in affect for the Wichita area today and unseasonably low temperatures, classes for Wichita Public Schools are still set to resume today (Jan 6.)

USD 259 officials are asking students to bundle up extra warmly, and asking parents to expect delays on school bus routes throughout the day.

Hugo Phan

Why do people give to charities during the holidays in Wichita? Several volunteers share why they give, and several people who have received holiday help share how it affected their lives.

Tell us:

Which charities do you support during the holidays? Do you give your time, your money, or some other kind of support?

Have you ever received holiday help? Was the assistance what you needed? What did you think of the experience?

Share your story with us on our Facebook page.

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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