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
12:42 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Go Rural, Get Tax And Student Loan Breaks

The Rural Opportunity Zones (ROZ) program will expand over this fiscal year to include 23 more counties.

According to the Kansas Department of Commerce, that brings the total to 73 Kansas counties that have been approved as Rural Opportunity Zones --where qualified new residents are rewarded with a five-year waiver on state income taxes and partial student loan repayments.

Gov. Brownback and the state legislature started the program in 2011 to counter the rural flight from smaller Kansas counties.

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Community
11:15 am
Fri July 12, 2013

The Carnival Parade Is Back For The State Fair's Centennial

The Kansas State Fair in the early 1900s.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Kansas State Fair is reviving its fair parade through Hutchinson to celebrate the fair's 100th anniversary.

Back when the carnival traveled by train, people would line up on Main Street in Hutchinson to see the procession of rides and animals from the depot to the state fairgrounds.

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Transportation
6:44 am
Fri July 12, 2013

How Will Passenger Rail Service In Wichita Affect You? City Officials Want To Know

The Southwest Chief Heads west from Kansas toward Trinidad, Colorado.
Credit Wikipedia

Officials want to hear from you about the effect that passenger rail service will have in Wichita.

The Wichita Public Library is hosting a Brown Bag Lunch discussion on the issue at its central location on August 27 at noon, in coordination with the League of Women Voters - Wichita Metro.

Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner will speak. Meitzner is leading Wichita's efforts to enhance transportation.

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Education
12:40 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

WSU's Chief Information Officer Leaves For Job At Brown University

Wichita State's Chief Information Officer and VP of information technology is leaving for a position at Brown University. 

Dr. Ravi Pendse announced today that he's been named the vice president for computing and information services at Brown University, starting Sept. 1.

Pendse specializes in computer networking and information technology in higher education. He's worked in a variety of areas at Wichita State, from library systems to digital classroom design and campus IT planning.

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Education
10:42 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Kansas Ed. Department To Study How To Help Out-Of-State Teachers Get Licensed In Kansas

The Kansas Department of Education wants to study a proposal to make it easier for out-of-state teachers to become licensed in Kansas.

The Council of Chief State School Officers, a national organization of state education agency officials, issued a report listing 10 recommendations for how states could improve the teaching profession. One of those calls for allowing reciprocity across state lines. Another encourages states to use data collection, analysis, reporting to improve teacher programs and keep them accountable.

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Politics
6:55 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Governor Brownback Will Consider Releasing Names of Court of Appeals Applicants

Update 11:35 a.m. Brownback spokeswoman Eileen Hawley has revised her statement to say only that the release of names is under discussion. She said she'd been premature in announcing a change in plans because the governor hadn't formally signed off. Hawley said no final decision has been made.

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Community
7:01 am
Tue July 9, 2013

Three Downtown Apartment Buildings on National Historic Register

The Naomi Apartment building on south Market street.
Credit via Loopnet

The Kansas Historical Society has added three Wichita apartment buildings to the National Register of Historic Places.

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Energy
7:05 am
Mon July 8, 2013

There's Another Public Meeting on Westar Energy's Proposed Rate Hikes Thursday

The Kansas Corporation Commission is holding another public hearing on Westar Energy's request to boost rates for residential customers and cut rates for big commercial customers.

Residents can attend the hearing Thursday at 6 pm at the Kansas Corporation Commission office in Topeka.

If you can't make it to Topeka, you can also participate by video conference in several locations:

Community
12:49 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Was The Civil War Inevitable? Two Historians Debate On Saturday

One of the cannons engraved with Civil War battles' names on the Battle Monument at West Point
Credit Wikimedia Commons

Two historians are marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Gettysburg with a debate, asking whether the war could have been avoided.

Dr. Tom Morain of Graceland University in Iowa and Dr. James Juhnke, formerly of Bethel College in North Newton, Kan., will square off Saturday at the Sedgwick County Historical Museum in Wichita.

Morain said the debate's been held in Iowa for years, but this is the first time in Kansas.

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Business
2:33 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

Salina Home To One Of Only Two FTA-Certified Producers Of Accessible Transit Minivans

An accessible minivan manufactured by ElDorado National in Salina, Kan.
Credit Courtesy photo

A Salina manufacturer is now one of two makers of accessible transit minivans to meet the Federal Transit Administration's "Buy America" standards.

The FTA's decision clears the way for ElDorado National in Salina, Kan., and Braun Corporation in Indiana to handle final assembly of transit minivans.

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