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. Wanting to learn video production, Sean ended up covering massive flood damage as a multimedia journalist.

In order to fully immerse himself in all forms of media, Sean then took a reporter position at a community newspaper in Monticello, Ind., The Herald Journal.

Although he gained valuable experience, Sean was missing his Marantz and microphone.

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 rapidly becoming a Shockers fan.

Sean also loves to listen to and play music, as well as cook scrumptious food.

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Government
6:25 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Local Organization Critical Of Proposed Sales Tax

Members of Coalition For a Better Wichita gathered at Handy Mailing in west Wichita on Wednesday afternoon. The group was formed to speak out against the City of Wichita's proposed one-cent sales tax.
Credit Sean Sandefur

 

Members of a newly formed organization are criticizing the City of Wichita’s proposed one-cent sales tax, which could appear on ballots this November. Coalition For a Better Wichita spoke out on Wednesday afternoon at Handy Mailing, a local small business. 

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Health
12:55 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Measles: What To Know During Local Outbreak

A small line forms for free MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccines at the Sedgwick County Health Department office.
Credit Abigail Wilson

*UPDATE*

An unidentified person from Fort Worth, Texas has been diagnosed with measles after visiting Wichita earlier this month. There have been a total of 14 reported cases of measles in Kansas so far this year. 

Public Health officials in Fort Worth reported this afternoon that a resident who attended a tournament at South Lakes Softball Complex in Wichita has come down with measles.

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Health
11:27 am
Fri July 18, 2014

The Food Deserts Of Wichita

The food deserts of Wichita
Credit Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita

Tomorrow marks the final day of business for two Dillons grocery stores in Wichita. According to the company, the stores have been underperforming for a number of years. Their absence could add to a problem that already exists in the city - an increasing number of what are called “food deserts.” Food deserts are low-income neighborhoods which have little access to fresh, affordable food.

When Grocers Close, Nutrition Goes With Them

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Politics
6:56 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Brownback, Santorum Greeted By Protesters In Visit To Wichita

Members of the Kansas National Education Association were joined by other local unions and voter rights groups in their protest of Gov. Sam Brownback.
Credit Sean Sandefur

The Kansas gubernatorial race is in full swing—incumbent Sam Brownback took his campaign to a movie theater in east Wichita Monday afternoon. Joining him was former presidential hopeful and Republican senator from Pennsylvania, Rick Santorum. Greeting them were teachers protesting an education bill signed into law in April.  

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Health
5:00 am
Fri July 11, 2014

Concussions Persist From High School To Pros, But More Is Known

Credit Liz Henry / Flickr Creative Commons

Next month, middle school and high school students in Wichita will be going back to class…and some will also get back to their favorite sports. A topic often on the minds of parents is concussions, a brain injury that occurs after a severe blow to the head – and from high school teams to the pros, they’re as prevalent as ever.

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Transportation
4:27 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

City Of Wichita To Acquire 10 New Buses

The inside of a current Wichita Transit bus
Credit Sean Sandefur

Wichita City Council members approved the purchase of new city buses at Tuesday’s meeting. They will help update the transit system’s aging fleet. 

A total of ten new buses will be coming from a California-based manufacturer. They will all be diesel powered. 

“The total cost for the acquisition is $4.2 million and a little over 80 percent of that will come from the federal transit commission," Wichita City Manager Robert Layton says. "The rest will be local.”

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Community
2:59 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

City Of Wichita To Close Facilities, Services For Independence Day

Credit City of Wichita

 

In observance of the July 4th holiday, City of Wichita facilities will be closed Friday, July 4th. This includes City Hall, Park and Recreation Centers, the Animal Shelter, CityArts, Botanica, the Wichita Art Museum, Great Plains Nature Center, Wichita Ice Center, Century II administrative offices, Wichita Transit, Wichita Public Library locations and Neighborhood Resource Centers.

       The following will be closed on Friday, July 4th and Saturday, July 5th:

·       Mid-America All-Indian Center

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Environment
5:28 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Second Source Found In West Wichita Chemical Contamination

A small portion of a map provided by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. It illustrates a new source of Tetrachloroethylene contamination in west Wichita.
Credit Kansas Department of Health and Environment

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has identified an additional source for chemical contamination in West Wichita. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, a second dry cleaner has been found to be a contributor to the chemical plume.

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Agriculture
5:09 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

June's Heavy Rainfall Both Helps And Hurts Kansas Crops

Credit United Soybean Board / Flickr Creative Commons

Heavy rainfall has finally come to many parts of Kansas. For some crops, it’s provided a needed boost, but for others, it’s too much and too late.

An average of 7.2 inches of rain fell over Kansas in June - 78 percent higher than normal for the month. According to Mary Knapp, a climatologist at Kansas State University, that could help save some harvests.

“Basically we've gotten a reprieve, particularly for spring planted crops. That would be corn, beans and sorghum, in particular,” she says.

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Entertainment
5:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Paula Poundstone Brings Years Of Improv And Standup Comedy To Wichita

Comedian Paula Poundstone is from Sudbury, Mass. She got her start in Boston in the late 70's and early 80's.
Credit NPR

Comedian Paula Poundstone started her career in Boston in the early 80's. After years of touring the country and performing in a variety of venues, she is now a staple of NPR's "Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!" She will be performing in Wichita June 28th , KMUW's Sean Sandefur was able to speak with her before she made the trip...   

Below is a clip from Poundstone's 1990 comedy special, "Cats, Cops, and Stuff..."   

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