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.

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Over the past decade, Kansas has cut 25 percent of its public school librarians. In many schools, librarians are being replaced by media clerks, who are paid hourly wages and may lack teaching credentials. School administrators say the cuts are due to a number of departments competing for limited dollars left in the budget. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports.

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Details were presented today on a possible contract between the City of Wichita and Taser, the body camera and electrical weapon company. The contract would provide body cameras for all city police officers. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

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A brand new 'Chinese Garden of Friendship' is debuting Friday afternoon at Botanica. Construction began just over a year ago, and since then, bright red pavilions, a jade dragon and a variety of koi fish have made it their home. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

    

A decorative wall is on the only thing that separates the new Chinese Garden of Friendship from Botanica’s parking lot. But go beyond those six inches of concrete and you’re transported into a winding garden with waterfalls and plum blossoms.

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The brand new terminal at the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport officially opened this morning. Between the last flight at the old terminal and the first flight at the new one, employees closed down food stalls, moved computers and organized a parade of planes to their new gates. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur got a behind the scenes look last night and has this report…

Wichita Downtown Development Corporation

An annual report indicates that public spending for downtown projects is only a fraction of what it was 10 years ago. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

A survey out of Creighton University indicates that Kansas’ economy was down last month. KMUW's Sean Sandefur has more...

Kansas received a 49.7 on Creighton University’s monthly Business Conditions Index for May, down from 51.2 in April. The score means that for the first time this year, Kansas’ economy is thought to be shrinking.

The index is based on surveys from business owners across the state and is scored from zero to 100.

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There will be a cattle drive in downtown Wichita tonight as part of the Sundown Parade at Riverfest. Los Angeles-based artist Wayne White has created lively steers, cowboys and other familiar characters from Wichita’s history. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur got to see the artist at work…

Artist Wayne White walks through a sea of cardboard at Harvester Arts in Wichita's Old Town neighborhood. Some of the cardboard is assembled into stylized cartoon creatures; some of it is discarded on the floor, with jagged angles and dusty footprints.  

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Music Theatre Wichita has named Big Fish among its productions for 2015. The story centers on tall tales and a strained relationship between a father and son. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has this look into the Big Fish story and its music…

Originally a novel by Daniel Wallace, the story of Big Fish weaves whimsical and surreal memories into a very real relationship between Edward Bloom and his grown son, Will. Edward is known for tales so tall they’re hard to believe, like meeting a witch who gives him a vision of his life and death.

Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition

 

In a 3-2 vote, the Sedgwick County Commission has terminated a five-year funding agreement with Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition. 

The decision won’t affect the $300,000 the county is providing the organization this year, but allows the commission to renew its financial support annually, instead of every five years. Commissioner Tim Norton didn’t support the change, saying that public and private partnerships are key in helping the local economy.

City of Wichita

 

The Wichita City Council voted down a proposal on Tuesday to change its funding agreement with the Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition. The vote was in response to actions by the Sedgwick County Commission.

Last week, county commissioners discussed a plan to change their funding agreement with the GWEDC, the Sedgwick County Zoo and Exploration Place. The organizations are currently funded in five-year blocks, but some commissioners favor year-to-year agreements to protect against future budget shortfalls. 

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