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 Kansas Department of Transportation has added new technology to help clear highways of snow this winter.

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Immunization records for Wichita Public Schools students are due by mid-November. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, students will be excluded from school without them.

Wichita Public Schools say they have about 2,000 students whose vaccination records aren’t yet complete. If not turned in by Nov. 16, schools will begin removing students from class.

The required vaccinations include:

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Kansas currently ranks in the bottom 10 states when it comes to incarceration rates among juveniles. A growing number of people throughout Kansas want to see changes in how communities handle offenders under the age of 18.

A new organization out of Lawrence is traveling throughout Kansas to draw attention to this issue. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur spoke with Benet Magnuson, the leader of the organization.

Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo wants to know how much tax revenue is going to the federal Highway Trust Fund from the sale of non-commercial jet fuel. He added an amendment on Thursday to a recent highway bill that would investigate the issue.

Taxes on the sale of non-commercial jet fuel have been diverted to the federal government’s Highway Trust Fund since 2005.


The MSNBC talk show Morning Joe was broadcast live from Wichita State University on Tuesday. It featured an interview with Charles and David Koch of Koch Industries in Wichita.

Tim Hart / Wichita State University

Wichita State University has announced the name of its community "makerspace," which will be completed next fall. According to Wichita State, the building will allow students, faculty and local community members to explore new ideas and inventions.


Sean Sandefur


Friday marks the one-year anniversary of a deadly plane crash in Wichita. Now, the fate of the building that was damaged in the incident is known.

Child deaths in Kansas increased from 2012 to 2013. That’s according to a report from the state Attorney General’s office.

According to a newly released report from the Kansas State Child Death Review Board, 447 children from newborn to 17 years of age died in Kansas in 2013, an increase of nearly seven percent from the year before.


Southwest Airlines is making changes to its nonstop services out of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.

Thousands of businesses in Kansas will pay much less for workers’ compensation coverage next year.