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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Community
1:46 pm
Fri December 19, 2014

Local Cuban-American Critical Of U.S. Agreement With The Communist Country

Lucinda and Dr. Manuel Alfonso
Credit Sean Sandefur

President Barack Obama announced Wednesday that the U.S. will form diplomatic relations and open an embassy in communist-led Cuba for the first time in more than 50 years.

Cuban immigrants across the United States have expressed mixed feelings about the decision, including a long-time resident of Wichita. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

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Agriculture
5:00 am
Fri December 12, 2014

Beef Prices Predicted To Hit Ceiling, But Business Is Still Booming

Friona Industries President and CEO James Herring speaks to a crowd at the Kansas Livestock Association's annual conference
Credit Sean Sandefur

Last week, hundreds of people gathered in Wichita to talk cattle. The Kansas Livestock Association held its annual convention at the Hyatt Regency and Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur attended and reports that while the nation’s cow populations are still low, business is better than ever.

The large convention hall inside Century II is filled with big tractors, big cowboy hats and the smell of BBQ beef brisket. If you’re in the cattle business, this is the place to learn the newest trends in bovine technology.

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Government
5:30 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Follow-Up Meeting Held In Wichita Over Police And Community Relations

Ida Allen, whose brother was shot and killed by a Wichita police officer in July, addresses city officials at a forum on Wednesday night. From left, Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley, Mayor Carl Brewer and City Manager Bob Layton. Also onstage were Pastor Junius Dotson of Saint Mark United Methodist Church and Pastor Kevass Harding of Dellrose United Methodist Church
Credit Sean Sandefur

 

The City of Wichita held a second meeting on police and community relations on Wednesday night. The meeting was held at the Century II Performing Arts and Convention Center. 

The turnout was smaller and the tone less agitated than the first meeting held back in August.

City officials described Wednesday night as a progress report. 

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Government
4:41 pm
Tue December 9, 2014

Wichita City Council Approves Water And Sewer Rate Increases For 2015

Credit City of Wichita

The Wichita City Council have approved water and sewer rate increases for 2015. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the decision will hit industrial users the hardest.

In a 4-2 vote, rate increases proposed by Wichita Public Works and Utilities were finalized.

Residential users can expect a combined 4 to 6 percent increase, depending on use, which translates to about $2—$5 a month.

The largest industrial users, such as Spirit Aerosystems, can expect increases of about 6.3 percent, or just over $3,000 a month.

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Community
4:45 pm
Mon December 8, 2014

After Nearly 50 Years, WSU's Wheatshocker Apartments Fall

Wichita State University's Wheatshocker apartments mid-demolition
Sean Sandefur

Final demolition of Wichita State University’s Wheatshocker Apartments started Monday morning. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the six-story building along 17th street has housed students for decades.

    

The Wheatshocker Apartments have seen wave after wave of students since 1965. On Monday, a wrecking ball chipped away section after section. Big chunks collapsed in clouds of dust and flying concrete.

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Community
8:08 pm
Fri December 5, 2014

Protesters: It's Not Just Ferguson, It's Wichita, Too

Protesters stand at the corner of 21st St. and Hillside in Wichita
Credit Sean Sandefur

Protesters spoke out against the recent grand jury decisions in both Staten Island, New York and Ferguson, Missouri—two communities affected by officer-involved killings. 

The two incidents, which occurred nearly 1,000 miles away from one another, will forever be linked by nationwide protesting over decisions not to indict the officers involved in the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. 

Reverand Martin Grizzell stands with other protesters near Wichita State University. He holds a sign that reads, “America Practices Segregation, But Preaches Integration.” 

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Community
5:00 am
Fri December 5, 2014

Prohibition Exhibit Uncovers The Dry Years Of American History

This illustration depicts the "Holy War" for temperance and prohibition
Sean Sandefur

The scaled-down oil refineries and fossilized creatures of the Kansas Oil Museum in El Dorado will have temporary guests through the first week of January. A traveling exhibit covering America’s driest period in history—alcohol prohibition—is currently on display. It includes the story of Carrie Nation, one of the more colorful characters in the history of Kansas. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

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Government
4:41 pm
Wed December 3, 2014

Wichita Police Department Announces Plan To Finance Body Cameras

Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley, left, is joined by City Manager Bob Layton to announce the city's plan to finance body cameras for every officer
Credit Sean Sandefur

A proposal for how the City of Wichita will finance body cameras for its police department has been announced. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

City officials have announced a proposal for the purchase of body cameras for each officer of the Wichita Police Department.

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Government
5:18 pm
Tue December 2, 2014

Wichita City Council Considers Water And Sewer Rate Increases For 2015

Credit City of Wichita

 

Wichita city council members reviewed a proposal on Tuesday afternoon for water and sewer rate increases for 2015.

Alan King, director of Wichita Public Works and Utilities, says the city maintains over 4,000 miles of water and sewer lines. To keep up with that infrastructure, King’s department has proposed a 6 percent increase for water and 5 percent increase for sewer.  

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Community
4:44 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving: A Time For Food, Family And Myths

Librarian Holly Morgan reading to children at Peterson Elementary.
Credit Sean Sandefur

Families across the country all have different traditions for Thanksgiving. It could be a special recipe for cranberry sauce or an honorary turkey carver.

In many schools, you can also count on hearing the story of the First Thanksgiving—a harvest celebration shared by pilgrims and native populations nearly 400 years ago. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur looks at the history of this holiday and has this report…

“Thanksgiving is a holiday of giving thanks,” says librarian Holly Morgan.

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