Sean Sandefur


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

Wearable technology can track your movement, location, heart rate and even what you’re looking at, and two researchers from Wichita State University want to know how secure this stored data is.

Professors Jibo He of the psychology department and Murtuza Jadliwala of the electrical engineering and computer science department were recently awarded a three-year grant worth $380,000 by the National Science Foundation.

Sean Sandefur

The Wichita Public School District has recently asked the state for additional funding to help with an influx of young refugees. These students often require years of tutoring before they’re ready to join the rest of the student body, but the district’s budget is tight. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur visited a Wichita elementary school to see how students, teachers and administrators are doing.

Sean Sandefur

The Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport reports that this past July saw a record number of passengers.

Last month, there were more than 158,000 passengers who flew either in or out of the Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. That surpasses the previous record set in July 2007 by nearly 2,000 people. It’s also about 9 percent higher than July of last year.

The Shocker

Students at Wichita State University are holding an event tonight to bring attention to sexual assault and gender violence.

It’s estimated that one in four college women will be the victim of rape during their academic careers. And members of Wichita State’s Student Activities Board and the Inter-Fraternity Council want to bring attention to that problem.

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Energy experts say that alongside wheat, cattle and basketball, one of Kansas’ top commodities is a strong breeze.

To date, billions of dollars have been spent on wind turbines throughout the state, and there are more are coming online each year. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the turbines could help with compliance of strict new carbon regulations announced earlier this month.

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The city of Wichita approved a Capital Improvement Program Tuesday afternoon that accounts for $1.9 billion in potential spending.

The Capital Improvement Program is meant to prioritize city projects for the next decade. While the funding isn’t guaranteed, it’s used as a wish list of sorts for improving Wichita. It includes millions of dollars for parks, water and sewer improvements, bike paths and public safety. But the plan’s main focus is improving streets and highways.

For the first time in years, a large hole in downtown Wichita has been filled. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, a small park, called a pop-up, will soon take its place.

Sean Sandefur

The Fairmount neighborhood sits at the south end of Wichita State University’s campus and has the distinction of being the birthplace of the school. But despite the neighborhood’s long and significant history, it has more recently been defined by its crime. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports on how a renewed bond between Fairmount and Wichita State could help the community thrive once again.

The city of Wichita approved its operating budget for 2016 this afternoon, and unlike the proceedings of the county budget, little to no public backlash has surrounded the $227 million dollars approved for next year’s general fund.

City leaders were happy to announce that property taxes will not be increasing for the 22nd straight year.

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Over the weekend, artists installed huge sculptures created by Tom Otterness on the campus of Wichita State University.