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 said, that he caught "the NPR bug."

Upon graduating from Webster University, Sean went on to a full-time internship at KTTC-TV in Rochester, Minn. Sean ended up covering massive flood damage as a multimedia journalist. He also learned video production from a 30-year veteran photojournalist.

Sean then took a reporter position at a community newspaper in Monticello, Ind., where he learned to crank out news on a daily basis. 

Although he gained valuable experience, Sean missed the creativity that comes with producing feature stories for the radio.

He joined KMUW in January of 2014, and strives to provide solid reporting of all story types to his fellow Wichitans.

Outside of work, Sean is an avid sports fan. Partial to his hometown teams in St. Louis, he is also quickly becoming a Shockers fan.

Sean has a cat named after his literary hero, Huckleberry Finn.

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Politics
3:47 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Total Of 10 Candidates File For April's Wichita Mayoral Race

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A total of 10 people have thrown their names in the hat for Wichita's mayoral seat, as Tuesday's noon filing deadline has come and gone. They are:

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Government
5:00 am
Mon January 26, 2015

A Conversation With Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer in his office at City Hall
Credit Sean Sandefur

Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer will give his eighth and final state of the city address on Tuesday night. Brewer is term-limited and will be replaced after municipal elections this spring. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur sat down with Brewer to discuss last year's state of the city address and what's happened since.

In last year’s state of the city address you mentioned infrastructure. With the failed sales tax in November, what can the city do?

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Government
3:22 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Hutchinson Voters To Decide On Sales Tax Increase

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Residents of Hutchinson will decide whether to spend roughly $29 million to renovate the city’s sports arena. The project would be financed through a proposed sales tax referendum which is on the ballot for the April 7 elections. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

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Community
5:00 am
Tue January 20, 2015

Understanding The Use Of Tax Increment Financing Districts

A section of Mosley Street in Wichita's Old Town neighborhood that is part of a proposed tax increment financing district
Sean Sandefur

If you’ve been to a recent Wichita City Council meeting, you’ve most likely heard the term, "tax increment financing," which is usually shortened to TIF. These redevelopment incentives are common throughout the U.S. 

But what exactly are TIFs? And how are they being used to help shape the development of downtown Wichita? KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has this report…

Real estate developer Dave Burk is looking down a rough, unkempt stretch of Mosley Street in Wichita’s Old Town neighborhood. It’s about two football fields long, sitting between 2nd and 3rd streets.

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Education
6:01 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

New Program Hopes To Gear Up Students For Higher Education

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Wichita State University will launch a new college readiness program in local public schools next week. It’s expected to include close to 2,000 students. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more.

    

Wichita State University received a grant last year of over $10 million to start two Gear Up programs in the Wichita area. Gear Up stands for Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. The initiative will start with current seventh graders, and mentor them through their freshman year of college. Riccardo Harris is executive director of Gear Up North.

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Health
5:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Helping Low Income Seniors Maintain A Life Of Independence

Tony Dezenzio rides a bus to the Via Christi HOPE facilities
Credit Sean Sandefur

One of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. is the business of senior care. As baby boomers move into their 60s and 70s, demand and competition for quality care is growing fast. There are many companies that provide medical needs to seniors. One in Wichita offers a comprehensive list of services and 95 percent of their clients are Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

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Agriculture
4:12 pm
Tue January 6, 2015

Facing Frigid Temperatures, Kansas Winter Wheat Expected To Remain Strong

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Frigid temperatures are forecasted for much of the Midwest this week and the nation’s winter wheat crop is expected to take a hit. But as KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the wheat in Kansas may shake the cold.

Kansas winter wheat is sowed and much of it is safely under a blanket of snow, which should keep low temperatures from damaging plants. Alan Fritz is a professor and wheat breeding specialist at Kansas State University.

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Economy
2:35 pm
Fri January 2, 2015

Lower Fuel Prices Could Mean Economic Boost For Kansas

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A recent report from Creighton University indicates that a nine state Midwestern region will see a boost to their economies in the first half of 2015. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, Kansas is leading the pack…

 

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Community
4:30 pm
Wed December 31, 2014

Manhattan's Little Apple New Year's Eve Celebration

The Little Apple New Year's Eve celebration in Manhattan, Kansas
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Manhattan, Kansas will hold its 13th Annual Little Apple New Year’s Eve celebration on Wednesday night. The city is estimating up to 10,000 people will flood the streets of the Aggieville entertainment district. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur has more…

 

Bars, restaurants and even movie theaters across the country are gearing up for the stroke of midnight. It’s estimated that 190 million Americans will watch the ball drop in the Big Apple. But, if that’s not your style, there’s also the Little Apple.

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Economy
4:42 pm
Tue December 30, 2014

Rates Of Homeless Kansas Public School Students Still On The Rise

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The number of homeless students in Kansas public schools continued an upward trend during the 2013-2014 school year, according to a report issued by the Kansas Department of Education. The problem is seen in 155 school districts. 

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