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.

Ways to Connect


The Wichita Police Department unveiled a formal policy for body-worn cameras Thursday morning. The city says the cameras will be distributed to every officer by the end of the year.

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A pharmaceutical plant in McPherson, Kansas, has settled a discrimination complaint that was filed by the U.S. Department of Labor.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment

A number of meetings will be held locally over the next two weeks to hear from citizens whose private drinking wells were contaminated by a dangerous chemical.

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Same-sex couples in Kansas who conceive through artificial insemination will have an easier time obtaining birth certificates for their children.

From the AP:  

Kansas officials say no court order will be needed in the future to process birth certificate applications of children from same-sex couples who conceive by artificial insemination.

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Recent regulations from the Environmental Protection Agency that would extend the organization’s power to protect water resources have been put on hold. A number of states, including Kansas, have asked the EPA to reconsider the new rules.

The "waters of the U.S." rules were announced back in May. They would significantly broaden the definition of what water sources the federal government can deem protected from pollution and development. The EPA says the regulations are necessary to ensure clean drinking water.

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Doctors across the country currently face a challenge: How do you track a patient once they’ve left your office? Sometimes what seems like minor pain can turn into an emergency situation, which might have been avoided if it had been caught early. Local physicians who provide care to the elderly say the key is daily monitoring--and because it’s the 21st century, why not use technology? KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports on how smart watches could be the answer.

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Sedgwick County Commissioners have approved $1.9 million in grants for the Women, Infants and Children program (WIC). The funding is provided by the federal government and is administered through the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

A city park in west Wichita will receive some upgrades after City Council members approved an expanded budget for the project.

Buffalo Park, near Central and Maize, is set to receive a new pavilion, an interactive splash pool, added parking and what more green space.

The city is allocating an additional $400,000 to the project, which is expected to cost well over $1.5 million. The city has secured a $250,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which will be used for the project.

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The state of Kansas has received a sizable grant from the federal government to help people struggling to find jobs.

The Kansas Commerce Department has been awarded nearly $5.6 million from the Workplace Innovation Fund, which will be used for job placement and training in a variety of industries.

Spokesperson Matthew Keith says the program will focus on people facing multiple barriers to employment.

Wichita State University

An annual ceremony of remembrance was held at Wichita State University this morning in honor of the 31 WSU football players, administrators and supporters who died in a plane crash in 1970 in the Rocky Mountains.

More than 100 people paid their respects at the ceremony held at the permanent memorial on the university’s campus. Many in attendance wore gold and black, Wichita State University’s colors.