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.

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An Amtrak train carrying more than 140 people derailed near Dodge City early Monday morning. The train was traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago. As KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports, at least 30 people were injured.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says it has received confirmation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of the first person to test positive for the Zika virus in Kansas.

An adult from southwest Kansas developed an illness consistent with Zika virus infection symptoms and was urged by the CDC and KDHE to get tested. The individual has a history of travel to a country with known Zika virus transmission.

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The City of Wichita is looking into the possibility of building a new law enforcement training center on Wichita State University’s campus.

Currently, both the City of Wichita and Sedgwick County train their officers at an aging facility on the northwest side of Wichita. They’ve been looking to build a new building for years.

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Each winter, dozens of homeless men are able to find a warm place to sleep at a shelter near downtown Wichita. It's run by Inter-Faith Ministries, a nonprofit that provides mats, blankets, and also dinner. But once spring sets in, the shelter is closed, and it’s often back to the streets for those who sleep there. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports on the difficult process of getting these men into a permanent home.

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The Wichita Fire Department has announced that a local burn ban, which has been in place for a week, will be extended to Wednesday. The ban limits the kind of outside fires permitted throughout Sedgwick County.

February was unusually warm and dry in Kansas, with an average of only a half-inch of precipitation statewide for the entire month.

Dry conditions, coupled with strong gusts of wind, make it easy for fires to start and grow quickly, according to Wichita Fire Marshal Brad Crisp.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Updated 7:45 p.m. 

The Kansas Democratic Party declared Bernie Sanders the winner of Saturday's Kansas Democratic caucuses. The Vermont senator took 23 delegates, and opponent Hillary Clinton took 10. 

Just hours after the GOP caucus in downtown Wichita boasted personal appearances from party frontrunners on Saturday, including eventual winner Ted Cruz, area Democrats swamped their caucus sites to support their candidates.

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Update at 7:20 p.m.

According to the Associated Press, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz has won the Republican caucuses in Kansas. He received 48.2 percent of votes, per the AP, with 4,161 votes in Sedgwick County.

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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio stopped in Wichita this afternoon to drum up support ahead of tomorrow’s statewide caucuses.

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A former Wichita State University employee is suing the university and its president, John Bardo, for alleged violations of Title IX, a federal law that deals with discrimination on the basis of sex.

A lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Kansas City states that Wade Robinson, who held several executive positions at Wichita State starting in 2009, was threatened and eventually fired for looking into claims of sexual assault tied to university athletic programs.

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This Friday, the Wichita Bar Association is hosting its Clean Slate Day, which helps low-income people who are struggling with the cost of expunging their criminal records.

The event will feature free legal help for people looking to erase certain criminal convictions. Participants will work with volunteer lawyers to get up to five offenses taken off of their record.

Clean Slate Day is encouraged by many local government officials, calling it a second chance for those who have to disclose an arrest or criminal conviction during a job interview.