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.

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The Wichita Police Department has announced Interim Police Chief Nelson Mosley is retiring at the end of January.

Mosley began his career with the Wichita Police Department 29 years ago as a police recruit, according to city officials.

He would eventually become deputy chief in 2009 and interim police chief after Norman Williams retired in 2014.

The City of Wichita will begin mailing out surveys to local residents this week in order to grade several areas of service, as well as prioritize future spending.

City officials have randomly selected 1,400 households to participate in the National Citizen Survey, a questionnaire that’s been in use in Wichita since 2006.

According to Mayor Jeff Longwell, those who fill out the survey will be able to grade city services such as snow removal, utility billing, parks, and fire services.

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More than a dozen state representatives from south-central Kansas participated in a public forum Wednesday night in Wichita.

An annual report from the moving company United Van Lines ranks Kansas in the bottom ten states for the amount of people packing up and moving to other states.

Each year, United Van Lines tracks where their customers are going—compiling data on age, income level and their reason for moving.

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President Obama announced on Tuesday an executive action aimed at curbing gun violence in the U.S.

At the center of the executive action is a section which states that, whether at store, at a gun show, or over the internet, those in the business of selling firearms must conduct background checks on buyers. It’s meant to close a common loophole.

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A regional economic report out of Creighton University indicates that December of 2015 continued a sluggish trend for Kansas’ economy.

The report surveys supply managers and business leaders in a nine-state region, including Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The Kansas Business Conditions Index for December dropped to 41.7 from November’s 42.6. On a scale of 0-100, scores below 50 are considered a slow-growth economy.

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Westar Energy, Kansas' largest electricity provider, is financing a new wind farm in Ford County.

The California-based company Infinity Wind Power will construct a nearly 300-megawatt wind farm near Dodge City, Kansas. The $435 million project is expected to take about a year to complete.

Once the wind farm is operational, Westar Energy will take over, bringing the company’s total renewable energy output to 1,500 megawatts.

Part of the wind turbines used for the wind farm will be manufactured at the Siemens plant in Hutchinson.

This week, KMUW News is telling the stories of volunteers who donate their time and talent to Sedgwick County organizations and nonprofits. Many people do their volunteer assignments year round--not just at the holidays.

When a child is living in an abusive or neglectful home in Sedgwick County, their future is often decided by the family court system. Judges determine whether children will remain at home, stay with extended family or end up in foster care. It’s a lengthy process that can be difficult to understand. But, there are local volunteers who sit side-by-side with some of these children and their families, helping them determine the best option. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur sat down with one CASA volunteer and the family she helped.

Sean Sandefur

The Production Tax Credit, which kicks back millions of dollars to companies investing in wind energy, has been renewed by Congress.

Both the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate approved a $1.1 trillion spending bill on Friday that is likely to be signed into law by President Obama.


The Wichita Police Department has announced it will not meet its year-end goal of equipping every field officer with a body-worn camera.

The city is waiting on $250,000 in matching funds from a federal grant that helps cities expand body camera programs.

“Once the funding is available, we can move forward with purchasing the remaining cameras,” Wichita Police Chief Nelson Mosley stated in a release.