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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Wichita Police Department

UPDATE: 

Following the discovery of a credit card "skimmer" at a Sunflower Bank, Wichita Police has discovered that three more ATMs had once housed skimming devices.

The skimmers were taken prior to bank or law enforcement finding them. 

Original Story:

A device used to steal credit card information was found at a Wichita bank on Thursday morning.

Hugo Phan

The opening of a “pop-up park” in downtown Wichita could be pushed back to September.

Sean Sandefur

In many small towns throughout Kansas, community newspapers are often the only way to keep up with local government, read profiles of area residents and see photos of high school football games. But a decline in revenue, ushered in by easy access to free, online news has forced many local publications to scale down production. And in Kansas, that means weekly newspapers are the new normal.

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The City of Wichita is one step closer to outfitting all police officers with body cameras, but hurdles still remain.

The city has approved a contract with Taser, the popular electrical weapons manufacturer, to purchase up to 429 Axon body cameras.

The initial purchasing cost is $714,480, but the city still hasn’t secured all of that funding. Over $360,000 will come from municipal towing and impound fines. Another $100,000 will come from a Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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The latest government update shows the 2015 winter wheat harvest is nearing completion in some parts of Kansas, and making good progress everywhere else.

The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported Monday that harvest statewide was 79 percent finished. That is ahead of the 66 percent cut at this time last year, but still behind the 83 percent average for this date.

Nadya Faulx

The City of Wichita has decided to temporarily remove a Confederate flag from Veterans Memorial Park.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners unanimously approved a grant extension on Wednesday afternoon for the county’s Healthy Babies program, despite questioning its effectiveness.

The program offers advice and support for at-risk mothers in the hopes of decreasing the county’s infant mortality rate, which has consistently hovered above state and national averages.

Commissioners Richard Ranzau and Jim Howell said the county’s rate of 7.7 deaths per 1,000 live births isn’t improving.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach will officially have the power to prosecute voter fraud starting Wednesday.

Carla Eckels

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Monday they won't hear a lawsuit that looked to add proof of citizenship requirements to federal registration forms in both Kansas and Arizona.

Sean Sandefur

Tomorrow marks National HIV Testing Day throughout the country. It’s estimated that 1.2 million Americans have the disease and about 14 percent of those individuals don’t know they’re infected. 


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