Tom Shine

Director of News and Public Affairs

Tom is the Director of News and Public Affairs. He joins KMUW after spending 37 years with The Wichita Eagle in a variety of reporting and editing roles.


Tom grew up in suburban Detroit and graduated from the University of Michigan. He came to Wichita in 1980 to work for the morning Eagle and afternoon Beacon. The Beacon, through no fault of his own, folded a month after he got here.


In his role at KMUW, Tom hopes to help his staff provide in-depth, quality news coverage. He also wants to assist in promoting insightful discussion and a better understanding of the key issues facing Wichita and Kansas.


Tom and his wife, Sharon, have three children and live in west Wichita. When not at work, Tom enjoys reading non-fiction, attending local sporting events and rooting passionately – sometimes too passionately – for the Michigan football team.

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Several groups, including the Wichita Regional Chamber of Commerce, are sponsoring a forum for the Republican candidates for governor.

The forum will take place Thursday, March 29, at Botanica. The event begins at 6 p.m.

Former state Sen. Jim Barnett, Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Insurance Commissioner Ken Selzer have confirmed their attendance. Each will open with a three-minute statement and then take turns answering questions.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Kansas has filed a complaint in federal court on behalf of a Wichita man who said he was targeted because he is Muslim and was falsely accused of flying a terrorist flag.

The ACLU said in a news release Monday that it filed a complaint against the Spirit/Boeing Employees’ Association, or SBEA, on behalf of Munir Zanial, who works at Spirit AeroSystems.

SBEA is a member-owned nonprofit open to current or former Spirit and Boeing employees, according to its website. It is not affiliated with Spirit AeroSystems.

Need tickets?

As the NCAA men's basketball tournament prepares to open in Wichita this week, tickets for all three sessions at Intrust Bank Arena are long gone.


The University of Kansas will open NCAA Tournament play in Wichita on Thursday while Wichita State University and Kansas State University will hit the road for tournament openers on Friday.

Kansas State Treasury website

Congressman Ron Estes of Wichita has introduced a bill that would increase penalties for swatting incidents.

The punishment could include up to 20 years in prison if someone is seriously injured as a result of swatting. A bill to increase swatting penalties has also been introduced in the Kansas Legislature.

Swatting involves making a false report of a crime in progress to emergency dispatchers in order to get a large number of police officers to descend on an address. The calls often arise after disputes between members of the online gaming community.

Kansas Department of Transportations

The Kansas Department of Revenue has launched a social media campaign to educate residents about how to get Real ID.

Real ID is a federal law that sets security standards for state-issued IDs. If Kansans want to use state-issued ID to board a plane after Oct. 1, 2020, it will have to be compliant with Real ID standards.

You can get Real ID at a state driver’s license office. You will need to bring proof of social security and an original birth certificate or valid U.S. passport.

A national group working to end gun violence has filed suit against a Newton pawn shop, according to a news release.

The Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence filed suit this week on behalf of the family of Josh Higbee, who was killed during a shooting at Hesston’s Excel Industries in 2016. The suit alleges the Newton store, called A Pawn Shop, illegally sold two firearms to Sarah Jo Hopkins, who then gave them to Cedric Ford.

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Gov. Jeff Colyer will announce his choice for lieutenant governor Tuesday night, according to a news release from his office.

The announcement will be made at the Kansas Livestock Association Legislative Social and Dinner in Topeka.

Colyer, who was the previous lieutenant governor, was sworn in as governor last month after Sam Brownback resigned to take a job in the Trump administration.

The new lieutenant governor will be sworn in at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday at the Kansas Statehouse.


Spirit AeroSystems reported strong growth in 2017 and expects similar results in 2018, according to an earnings report released Friday.

The city’s largest employer said revenue was up about 3 percent in 2017, to $7 billion. Revenue in 2018 is forecast to grow slightly.

Operating income dropped about 20 percent in 2017 to $569 million, due mostly to a new contract with Boeing, its biggest customer, the company said. But Spirit is forecasting income growth in 2018.

OSHA has cited Spirit AeroSystems for exposing workers to high levels of a cancer-causing agent, a claim the company disputes.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said in a news release Wednesday that some Spirit employees were exposed to hexavalent chromium at nearly twice the permissible limit. OSHA cited the company for one willful and five serious violations it observed in August. The agency is proposing penalties of nearly $200,000.