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 says, where he caught "the NPR bug."

A graduate of Webster University in St. Louis, Mo., Sean joined KMUW in January of 2014.

He often covers the intersection of government and citizenry. His story about chemical contamination in a west Wichita neighborhood won a national Society of Professional Journalists award for investigative journalism. His coverage of Wichita's "No Ferguson Here" movement won a regional Edward R. Murrow Award for hard news.

Sean also has experience in television, completing an internship at KTTC-TV in Rochester, Minn., where he covered massive flood damage as a multimedia journalist.

Outside of work, Sean has an addiction to baseball and has a cat named after his literary hero, Huckleberry Finn.

Ways To Connect

The Sedgwick County Commission held a public hearing Wednesday to discuss potential funding cuts to many county-backed organizations.

The City of Wichita still isn’t sure what to do with a large funding shortfall for the Wichita-Sedgwick County Planning Department.

The department is equally funded by both the city and county, but a proposed budget by county officials last week would cut about $155,000 from the department. That has left city officials scrambling to find a solution as they put together their own budget.

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Sunday marks the 25th anniversary of the Americans With Disabilities Act. The law has increased access to public buildings and worked to end workplace discrimination, but for some people, a stigma still exists. One man is hoping a simple Major League Baseball game will help.

Greg Smith is a person. He’s not a disability. And that simple idea is what he believes many people still have trouble understanding. He’s had muscular dystrophy his whole life, and lives in Mississippi.

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Sedgwick County has released its proposed budget for 2016, and it includes drastic cuts to many county services.

 

Numerous county agencies and county-supported organizations were aware that funding cuts were coming, but didn’t know how severe they’d be.

Spirit Aerosystems

Spirit AeroSystems has announced hundreds of job openings in Wichita. The company will be holding a job fair this weekend.

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The Wichita City Council is holding annual budget talks, and while officials have been happy to announce that the budget is balanced and few cuts have been made, the future of the city’s bus system is still undecided. 

 

City Manager Robert Layton presented the 2016-2017 proposed budget to City Council members Tuesday morning.

Wichita Police Department

UPDATE: 

Following the discovery of a credit card "skimmer" at a Sunflower Bank, Wichita Police has discovered that three more ATMs had once housed skimming devices.

The skimmers were taken prior to bank or law enforcement finding them. 

Original Story:

A device used to steal credit card information was found at a Wichita bank on Thursday morning.

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