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


Bill Maher is bringing his standup comedy to the Century II Performing Arts Center on Saturday night. The often-controversial talk show host has a made a career of moderating fiery political discussions for late-night TV. After almost a decade hosting Politically Incorrect, he now has a successful show on HBO called Real Time with Bill Maher. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur recently spoke with the comedian about his approach to entertainment.


A fundraising goal for a new central library near downtown Wichita has increased to $8 million. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the Wichita Public Library Foundation says they’re more than halfway there.

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According to a report released on Tuesday, Sumner and Harper Counties have seen a decrease in more-pronounced earthquakes in recent months.

Geologists in both Kansas and Oklahoma have linked an increase in seismic activity to the injection of water deep in the earth. It’s a way to dispose of wastewater from oil and natural gas exploration.

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A large plot of land near the intersection of 29th Street and Maize has been donated to the City of Wichita. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, the plan is to use it for wetlands preservation.

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Students at Wichita State University have a new option for getting around the city to run errands. A car sharing company called Zipcar will begin offering rentals on campus next week.

Zipcar is already at 400 universities across North America. Here in Wichita, the company will offer two Ford Focuses that are available 24 hours a day.

Students, faculty and staff 18 or older can join for about $15 a year. Rates are $7.50 an hour or $69 a day. That includes gas and insurance up to 180 miles.

Agriculture experts are warning farmers about a disease that could affect winter wheat planting in Kansas.

As Kansas winter wheat farmers begin to plant seeds this fall, a fungal disease called flag smut could be waiting to infect their future crops.

It was first detected in Rooks County in north-central Kansas back in May. The disease doesn’t affect plant quality, but can decrease yields.

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A quarterly report spanning April to June of this year shows that Intrust Bank Arena earned $297,794 less than what it spent on operations.

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The Wichita City Council is a step closer to creating a community improvement district near the intersection of Kellogg and Ridge, near Wichita's Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.

Wearable technology can track your movement, location, heart rate and even what you’re looking at, and two researchers from Wichita State University want to know how secure this stored data is.

Professors Jibo He of the psychology department and Murtuza Jadliwala of the electrical engineering and computer science department were recently awarded a three-year grant worth $380,000 by the National Science Foundation.

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The Wichita Public School District has recently asked the state for additional funding to help with an influx of young refugees. These students often require years of tutoring before they’re ready to join the rest of the student body, but the district’s budget is tight. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur visited a Wichita elementary school to see how students, teachers and administrators are doing.