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
8:44 am
Mon June 3, 2013

'In Cold Blood' Case Files Now Online

A file from Perry Smith's clemency hearings.
Credit Kansas Historical Society

The inmate case files for convicted murderers Richard Eugene “Dick” Hickock and Perry Edward Smith have been added to Kansas Memory, the Kansas Historical Society’s online archives of photographs, manuscripts, and government records.

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Community
10:21 am
Thu May 30, 2013

Six Kansas Sites Added To National Register Of Historic Places

Santa Fe Trail Map
Credit Legends of Kansas

The Kansas Historical Society recently placed six Santa Fe Trail locations in Kansas on the National Register of Historic Places. With the addition of these sites in Marion and Morton counties, the state now has 1,310 registered historic sites.

Thirty properties were nominated for the Santa Fe Trail project, and these six were the first to be approved by the National Park Service.

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Business
2:48 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Via Christi To Cut More Than 350 Jobs

Via Christi says months of lowered hospital and physician visits put the company $18 million dollars behind budget for fiscal year 2013.

They'll eliminate between 350 and 400 jobs, about 4 percent of the company's Kansas workforce, by the end of June. About 80 of those will be taken care of by not filling current vacancies, but 80 percent of total job cuts will be designated for Wichita.

In addition, about 35 senior leaders in the company will take a 4 percent salary deduction.

Staff members who lose their jobs will receive severance and other support.

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Food
1:00 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Summer Food Program Offers Free Meals To Wichita Children

The Kansas State Department of Education and the USDA are sponsoring a summer food program again this year, for children up to 18 years old.

Thirty-seven schools, community centers, and churches throughout Wichita will offer meals without reservations. Participants can go to any of the locations to get breakfast or lunch; some locations serve both daily.

The free meal program begins May 29 and runs through July 26. There are no requirements to get a meal. Adults can buy lunch for $3.50, breakfast for $2, or a snack for $1.

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Economy
6:23 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Kansas Oil Production Up, Natural Gas Down

A new report from the Kansas Geological Survey shows oil production in Kansas last year was up over 2011, but natural gas production was down.

Officials with the survey report the nearly 44 million barrels of oil produced last year were the most since 1995. The oil had a value of $3.7 billion.

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Transportation
8:01 am
Tue May 7, 2013

'Significant Updates' To Be Announced Friday on Passenger Rail in Wichita

A 1914 postcard of Union Station
Credit www.Kancoll.org

Wichita passenger rail supporters will get a jump on National Train Day this Friday during a press conference at Union Station building in Wichita.

Though National Train Day is on Saturday, organizers say the 4 p.m. press conference on Friday will provide "significant updates" on passenger rail advocacy in Kansas. Wichita officials say they'll release a major statement regarding rail.

Vice Mayor Pete Meitzner will lead the event; local business representatives who serve on his local Steering Committee will join him.

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Government
1:05 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Brigadier General Reddel: It's Time to Memorialize President Eisenhower

The man leading efforts to build a memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower says conflicts about the design shouldn't derail the effort.

Retired Brigadier General Carl Reddel spoke yesterday at the Dole Institute in Lawrence, saying "it's about time that we do this." Reddel is the executive director of the memorial commission. He said the proposed $142 million memorial would celebrate Eisenhower's success as a general and a president.

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Education
2:13 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Maize Schools End Random Drug Tests For Students In After-School Activities

The Maize School District has decided to stop doing random drug tests on students who participate in extra-curricular activities.

Maize's School Board recently voted to eliminate the testing after hearing reactions from school administrators and students. The suburb just west of Wichita had conducted the random tests on students from grades 7 through 12.

A spokeswoman says the district has spent almost $31,500 on the program since it began in 2007.

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Community
6:30 am
Fri April 26, 2013

UPDATE: Free Trees Gone, But Wichita Arbor Day Events Continue

Updated 8:30am

Whoa! Those trees went fast!

Associated Integrated Marketing says that it's given away all of its free maple trees already. The company and community volunteers gave away hundreds of trees Friday morning in just over an hour.

If you missed the free trees  but still want to celebrate Arbor Day, the city of Wichita will host its Arbor Day event and tree fair Friday from 10 am to noon.

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News
6:18 am
Thu April 25, 2013

Top Morning News 4.25.13

Senate committee to consider bonds for federal biosecurity lab in Manhattan; Doctor linked to Ft. Riley soldiers' overdoses remains jailed; New law creates registry for farmers' markets; Judge delays trial for vet accused of illegally possessing explosives; April showers reducing drought in some parts of the state.

Senate Committee To Consider Bonds For NBAF

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