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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Anti-abortion activists will be in Wichita for the next week for a series of demonstrations they’re calling the Summer of Justice. Organizers say they’re peaceful and have been unfairly criticized in the past.

Operation Save America, an anti-abortion group headquartered in Waco, Texas, has partnered with local and state organizations for a week of protests starting today.

Courtesy Operation Save America's Facebook

Events surrounding the Summer of Justice start tomorrow in Wichita, marking the 25th anniversary of the Summer of Mercy, when mass demonstrations led to nearly 2,700 arrests outside of local clinics that provide abortion services.

A Kansas City-based real estate company is planning to build a $40 million hospital in Derby.

CBC Real Estate Group of Kansas City should break ground on a 65,000 square-foot hospital later this year. It will be located at the north end of Derby.

The company says the facility, which will be called Rock Regional Hospital, will have a surgical emphasis, with 12 inpatient medical beds, 12 surgical beds, and six intensive care unit beds. The hospital is expected to employ about 125 people.

The company will also be constructing a large medical office building nearby.

Wichita City Council members have approved the sale of Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown Wichita for $20 million.

Phil Ruffin, a Las Vegas casino and hotel owner, came in with the highest bid and is expected to finalize the purchase over the next two months. The city only received one other bid, one for $10.4 million from Riverfront Partners.

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Wichita’s mayor and police chief are offering sympathy and support to the Dallas law enforcement community following last night’s deadly police ambush at a peaceful rally over recent police-involved shootings of two African-American men.

The Wichita Children’s Mercy Hospital will be closed until Monday due to a power outage. 


Officials with Children’s Mercy Hospital Kansas City say its Wichita location lost power on Thursday. The hospital shares facilities with Wesley Medical Center on Hillside, which also lost power for a short time after an electrical malfunction caused a small explosion. No one was hurt in the incident.

The City of Wichita says storms experienced last weekend dropped more than seven inches of rain in many places. While flooding did occur, the city's water supplies are at comfortable levels.

City officials report that the Cheney Reservoir, which the city relies on for much of its water supply, is so full that it's spilling out into flood pools. It’s quite the contrast to a few years ago, when the city was considering water-use restrictions as the reservoir was nearly half empty.

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Among the nearly 100 laws that went into effect in Kansas on Friday is one that deals with drones and personal privacy.

The legislation stems from a complaint by a family in Olathe who accused a neighbor of frequently flying a small unmanned aircraft, often called a drone, over their property. The family argued for a right to privacy after they complained of seeing the same drone hovering above their backyard on a regular basis.

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Updated July 5: Sedgwick County Emergency Communications reported receiving the following number of calls over the July 4th weekend:

Nuisance complaints to the non-emergency line:

  • 6:30 p.m., July 3, to 3 a.m., July 4 – 252 calls, compared to 145 in 2015
  • 6:30 p.m., July 4, to 3 a.m., July 5 – 378 calls, compared to 398 in 2015

911 calls:

The City of Wichita's recently released 2015 financial report indicates slightly higher debt levels, but a strong reserve balance.

The report is required by the State of Kansas. City finances are also audited by an outside accounting firm.

According to the annual report, the city’s reserve balance is 11.4 percent, which exceeds the minimum reserve level of 10 percent. Wichita has also maintained a stable mill levy.