Stephan Bisaha

News Reporter

Stephan Bisaha is a former NPR Kroc Fellow. Along with producing Weekend Edition, Stephan has reported on national stories for Morning Edition and All Things Considered, as well as other NPR programs. He provided data analysis for an investigation into the Department of Veteran Affairs and reported on topics ranging from Emojis to mattresses.

Stephan has a master’s degree from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and concentrated in data journalism. He currently covers education for KMUW and the Kansas News Service. 

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A video game conference is being held this weekend at Wichita State University’s Shocker Studios.

The conference, titled Opus Animo, is themed after a video game renaissance, though Shocker Studios director Justin Rorabaugh doesn’t think that currently describes the video game industry in Wichita.

"There’s not a lot of game design companies in Wichita,” Rorabaugh said. "I know of maybe one.

"But it’s really an industry that we have a huge interest in."

Alyssa Calbert / Wichita State University

Wichita State University is getting a new marching band this fall.

Shocker Sound Machine will be the university’s first marching band since its football program was shut down in 1986.

While there are no football games, students will perform at other events across campus, including basketball games. The band will likely play four men’s and four women’s games this year. A smaller version of the band will play at those games to comply with NCAA restrictions.

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Some Republican gubernatorial candidates are calling for the end of in-state tuition for undocumented students at public universities in Kansas.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach wants undocumented students to pay the more expensive non-resident tuition rate. Gov. Jeff Colyer expressed a similar view during a Republican forum Tuesday night hosted by KWCH and KMUW.

Mark Statzer / KMUW

The Democrats running to be Kansas’ next governor brushed off the idea of a tax increase to cover the state’s needs during a Democratic forum in Wichita on Wednesday night sponsored by KMUW and KWCH.

State Sen. Laura Kelly said it’s too soon after repealing the Sam Brownback-era tax cuts to talk about a tax increase.

“We need to let the dust settle,” Kelly said. "We have no idea the full impact of that or the full impact of the federal tax cuts that have occurred."

Former Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer was clear that he doesn't support a tax increase.

Mark Statzer / KMUW

Gov. Jeff Colyer was on the defense during a Republican forum sponsored by KMUW and KWCH on Tuesday night.

He was targeted by his Republican gubernatorial opponents over Kansas’ budget issues during his time with the Brownback administration.

Former state Sen. Jim Barnett was one of several candidates who attacked Colyer over the Brownback era tax cuts.

“The Brownback Colyer tax experiment brought this state to its knees,” Barnett said.

Stephan Bisaha / KMUW

Students living at Wichita State University will have another year of crowded dorm rooms.

The university is converting some single-person rooms into doubles and some doubles into triples as a way to provide more beds for students interested in living on campus.

Last summer, several students were notified that they would be getting an extra roommate. WSU says that’s because more students from outside the Wichita area enrolled and needed housing.

And while a new apartment complex, The Flats, opened on campus last year, the Fairmount Towers residence hall closed.

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Seven school districts across Kansas will launch with redesigned curriculums and schedules this fall.

The redesigns are part of the Kansans Can School Redesign Project, an initiative by the Kansas State Department of Education to improve performance.

Ascha Lee / KMUW

The man accused of making the fake emergency call that lead to the fatal police shooting of a Wichita man pleaded not guilty in Sedgwick County Court on Friday.

Tyler Barriss is being charged with involuntary manslaughter.

Barriss is also facing federal charges along with Shane Gaskill and Casey Viner, though only Barriss is facing charges in Sedgwick County.

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The Wichita School Board on Thursday applauded an update regarding the Kansas Supreme Court's recent ruling on school funding.

"The possibility of a shutdown no longer exists," Susan Willis, the district's chief financial officer, told board members. "So school will commence on time."

The court said a school finance plan passed earlier this year still isn't adequate, but gave the Kansas Legislature another year to account for inflation in its school funding formula.

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On Monday, the Kansas Supreme Court issued a ruling that effectively said the state’s public schools could open in the fall. Yet the same decision left local district officials on Tuesday and beyond with continued, long-term uncertainty.

The high court’s decision could lead to continued fighting over school funding and the topic will likely serve as political fodder in state elections.

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