Sean Sandefur

Reporter

A photographer by trade, Sean got his feet wet in broadcast news as an intern at St. Louis Public Radio. It is here, he said, that he caught "the NPR bug."

Upon graduating from Webster University, Sean went on to a full-time internship at KTTC-TV in Rochester, Minn. Sean ended up covering massive flood damage as a multimedia journalist. He also learned video production from a 30-year veteran photojournalist.

Sean then took a reporter position at a community newspaper in Monticello, Ind., where he learned to crank out news on a daily basis. 

Although he gained valuable experience, Sean missed the creativity that comes with producing feature stories for the radio.

He joined KMUW in January of 2014, and strives to provide solid reporting of all story types to his fellow Wichitans.

Outside of work, Sean is an avid sports fan. Partial to his hometown teams in St. Louis, he is also quickly becoming a Shockers fan.

Sean has a cat named after his literary hero, Huckleberry Finn.

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Education
4:15 pm
Wed April 15, 2015

WSU Foundation Receives Sizable Donation For Honors College

Dorothy and Bill Cohen made a quick stop at the Rhatigan Student Center construction site during a visit to the WSU campus.
Credit foundation.wichita.edu

The Wichita State University Foundation has received a sizable donation from longtime donors. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the funds will go towards the school’s honor college…

A gift of $5 million has been given to the WSU Foundation from Dorothy and Bill Cohen.

According to university officials, most of the funds are earmarked for the Honors College, which will be renamed the Dorothy and Bill Cohen Honors College.

The money will be used for student scholarships, fellowships for faculty and an annual program focused on student leadership.

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Government
5:39 pm
Tue April 14, 2015

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell Sworn Into Office

Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell, with wife Susie beside him, is sworn in at Tuesday's Wichita City Council Meeting
Credit City of Wichita

The City of Wichita officially has a new mayor. Jeff Longwell was sworn in at Tuesday’s Wichita City Council meeting after soundly defeating advertising executive Sam Williams in the April 7 elections. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

It was an emotional day at City Hall, where Carl Brewer, reaching his term limit, stepped down after eight years as Wichita’s mayor.

“Thank you, everyone, for allowing me to serve you,” Brewer said to applause.

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Government
5:00 am
Fri April 10, 2015

Voter-Approved Marijuana Initiative Fraught With Unknowns

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Voters in Wichita have approved a referendum aimed at lessening the penalty for first-time possession of small amounts of marijuana. State law enforces a $2,500 fine and up to one year in jail. The new city ordinance would only impose a $50 fine and no jail time. But it’s not clear whether the city is able to move forward with the change. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

On a bright, clear afternoon—just days before the general election—a handful of state officials gathered in front of the Sedgwick County Courthouse in downtown Wichita.

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Politics
11:32 pm
Tue April 7, 2015

Jeff Longwell, Marijuana Initiative Successful In General Election

Credit City of Wichita

 

Voters in Wichita have chosen their next mayor: Current Wichita City Council Member Jeff Longwell easily defeated retired advertising executive Sam Williams, collecting nearly 60 percent of the vote. 

Money spent during the campaign didn’t translate to votes at the polls. Williams out-raised opponent Jeff Longwell by more than $70,000, but, it was Longwell who cruised to an easy victory. 

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Weather
4:22 pm
Mon April 6, 2015

Report: 69 Percent Of Kansas Under Moderate Drought

A new report issued by the National Drought Mitigation Center says 69 percent of Kansas is under a moderate drought, and 22 percent is under a severe drought.

    

The thunderstorm that took out trees and left thousands without power in Wichita last week brought a lot of wind and hail, but not a lot of rain, which won’t help the persistent droughts active throughout Kansas.

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Government
4:20 pm
Fri April 3, 2015

State Lawmakers Encourage A 'No' Vote On Wichita's Marijuana Initiative

Credit Sean Sandefur

A group of state lawmakers are encouraging voters in Wichita to defeat a marijuana initiative appearing on next Tuesdays ballots. KMUWs Sean Sandefur has more...

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Sports
4:33 pm
Thu April 2, 2015

Shockers' Gregg Marshall Agrees To New Contract With Wichita State

Wichita State Men's Basketball Coach Gregg Marshall exits the court after a loss to Notre Dame in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
Credit Sean Sandefur

 

After a tense week of waiting, Shockers fans everywhere can (almost) officially relax. Head Basketball Coach Gregg Marshall has agreed to a new contract with Wichita State. 

The terms of the contract won’t be disclosed until Gregg Marshall signs on the dotted line, but it’s expected to be a significant raise from his current salary of $1.85 million. 

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News
2:40 pm
Tue March 31, 2015

Wichita State Reveals Sizeable Expansion Into Old Town

This two-story building in Old Town will soon house KMUW Wichita Public Radio. The relocation is part of Wichita State University's expansion into the entertainment and arts district. The university has dubbed the campus extension "WSU Old Town."
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Wichita State University has revealed more information about its expansion into Wichita’s Old Town neighborhood. The new venture will have an official title of “WSU Old Town” and will include the relocation of several different departments. School officials say the move will create a strong presence in the city’s most popular downtown destination. 

The expansion is possible as Airbus Americas is relocating its Old Town offices to Wichita State's Innovation Campus. The company will move 400 employees and vacate thousands of square feet in Old Town.

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Business
4:07 pm
Tue March 24, 2015

Airbus To Relocate Old Town Operations To Wichita State's Innovation Campus

Governor Sam Brownback meeting with Airbus Americas President Barry Eccleston. Brownback expressed his support of public and private collaborations.
Sean Sandefur

Wichita State University announced on Tuesday that Airbus will be moving its Old Town operations to the university’s Innovation Campus. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

The announcement marks the first major company to have a dedicated building on Wichita State's proposed Innovation Campus. Airbus will move about 400 employees from its Old Town offices to a brand new facility built on what is now the school’s golf course. The move would provide internships to students and collaboration with faculty.

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Tourism
4:03 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Kansas Wants More Visitors, Federal Designation For Arkansas River

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The Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism wants a federal designation for a stretch of the Arkansas River, hoping to boost the number of local visitors and tourists. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

The Arkansas River is the 6th longest river in the country, providing over 180 miles of navigable water in Kansas alone. But officials with Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism say it’s not living up to its potential.

Jessica Mounts is a fisheries biologist with the state.

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