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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Friday marks the one-year anniversary of a deadly plane crash in Wichita. Now, the fate of the building that was damaged in the incident is known.

Child deaths in Kansas increased from 2012 to 2013. That’s according to a report from the state Attorney General’s office.

According to a newly released report from the Kansas State Child Death Review Board, 447 children from newborn to 17 years of age died in Kansas in 2013, an increase of nearly seven percent from the year before.

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Southwest Airlines is making changes to its nonstop services out of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.

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Thousands of businesses in Kansas will pay much less for workers’ compensation coverage next year.

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A report from the American Wind Energy Association ranks Kansas sixth in the country for wind energy capacity.

The wind energy sector in Kansas has been busy over the last three months. According to the American Wind Energy Association, more than 200 megawatts worth of wind turbines came on-line in the third quarter of this year.

The state previously ranked ninth in the nation for total wind energy capacity, but now ranks sixth, and more wind farms are underway.

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Unemployment numbers for September show improvements both statewide and in Wichita.

Wichita’s unemployment rate fell to 4.4 percent last month, a stronger showing than in August, which experienced 5 percent unemployment. The statewide unemployment rate for September is also 4.4 percent, down from 4.6 percent in August.

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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.

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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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