Sean Sandefur


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.

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The Sedgwick County Health Department is reporting that four local adults have contracted West Nile. They’re the first instances discovered this year.

Officials with the health department say it’s typical that Sedgwick County records its first cases of West Nile around this time of year.

Chris Steward, a health protection supervisor for Sedgwick County, says West Nile does not spread from human to human. She says people should get rid of any standing water around their homes to stop mosquitos from breeding.

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Many of the Olympic events in Brazil are wrapping up, and athletes are heading back home. Nico Hernandez, a light flyweight boxer from Wichita, is set to receive a hero’s welcome from local officials.

Hernandez began the games as an unknown, just a boxer who made money changing oil at his father’s mechanic shop. Now, he’s a local sensation. Many in Wichita have been closely watching his success in the Rio Olympics.

He had a major upset victory against second-seeded Russian Vasilii Egorov, who was the favorite to win the silver medal.

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A businesswoman from Kiowa has thrown her hat into the ring for Kansas' 4th Congressional District, a seat currently held by Mike Pompeo.

Miranda Allen is an independent and is running on the platform that people are fed up with career politicians and party affiliations.

The Kansas Secretary of State’s office formally accepted Allen as a candidate this week after she gathered 9,000 signatures from residents of the 4th Congressional District, which makes up much of south central Kansas.

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The Sedgwick County Commission is proposing a plan to bring more stability, and less politics, into annual funding talks with the zoo.


The commission has been in negotiations with the Sedgwick County Zoological Society over future funding and operating agreements for months. Commission Chairman Jim Howell says a new plan is meant to clear up much of the contention. 


Wichita has been ranked as the second-cheapest city to have a startup company in a new study released by the personal finance company SmartAsset.

SmartAsset is a New York City-based company that gives advice to people who are looking into student loans, retirement, credit cards and starting a business.

The company recently released a list that featured the most inexpensive places to start up a business. Wichita came in second behind Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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The Kansas Humane Society has broken its record for the number of animals adopted in a single year.

With kittens and puppies in hand, employees of the Kansas Humane Society in Wichita were proud to announce at a press conference at City Hall that their organization had a record year in terms of how many pets they rescued and placed in homes.

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A BBQ held last month that included community activists and Wichita Police officers was promoted as an alternative to protests over police violence. Organizers called it a success, and now city officials are planning follow-up events.

The Wichita Police Department has partnered with a social media company to help better communicate with the residents they serve.

The smartphone application Nextdoor is meant to strengthen the relationship between police officers and the neighborhoods they interact with. The app breaks down Wichita into its various neighborhoods to create a private, social network where people can report crime, post information about a lost pet, or even find a babysitter.

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A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy is being investigated for alleged excessive use of force during an incident Monday morning.

According to Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, an officer with nearly 20 years of experience is on administrative leave after being accused of excessive use of force at the Sumner County Jail while preparing an inmate for a trip to Sedgwick County.

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In a night where many incumbents were unseated in Kansas’ primary elections, Republican voters in the Wichita area favored their current elected representatives.

A large crowd of candidates and supporters mingled around drinks, food and televisions for more than three hours on Tuesday night at a catered dinner in west Wichita. Some incumbents were able to enjoy the party: Rep. John Whitmer of Cheney ran unopposed and Sen. Dan Kerschen of Garden Plain won big in his primary race.