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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The Sedgwick County Coroner’s Office has identified the body of 5-year-old Lucas Hernandez.

His identity was confirmed through an autopsy and dental records.

Lucas has been missing since Feb. 17. His disappearance led to numerous searches by police and community volunteers.

“No one likes to see a child disappear,” Ramsay said during a news briefing Friday. “As [Lucas’ disappearance] captured the community’s concerns and tugged at their heartstrings, it has tugged at ours and our staff’s as well.”

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The latest employment forecast from Wichita State University predicts continued slow job growth in the Wichita area for 2018.

The Center for Economic Development and Business Research (CEDBR) updated its fall 2017 forecast on Wednesday. It expects Wichita employment to increase by about 1,200 jobs this year, a growth rate of 0.4 percent. That’s similar to the initial forecast released in October.

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Law enforcement agencies in the Wichita area and across Kansas will begin increased enforcement of seat belt rules and other traffic laws beginning Monday.

The annual Click It or Ticket campaign will run through Sunday, June 3. More than 150 agencies in Kansas will participate.

Drivers can expect strict enforcement of the state’s seat belt laws and rules that govern child safety seats and booster seats. Law enforcement will be especially active at night because seat belt usage falls after dusk, according to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office.

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Wichita Public Schools will begin its annual summer food program on Monday.

The Kid Power Cafe Summer Food Service Program offers free breakfast, lunch and snacks to children 18 years old and younger. Children do not have to be Wichita Public Schools students to participate.

Meals are available Monday through Friday at most of the 41 locations. The program runs through Aug. 3. 

Reservations are not required and there are no income guidelines or any paperwork to fill out.

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The executive director of the Kansas African American Museum is leaving.

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Spirit AeroSystems said Wednesday it will acquire a European company, refinance its debt, repurchase shares of its stock and increase its quarterly dividend.

The announcements were part of the Wichita company’s first-quarter earning statements. Spirit is the city’s largest private employer.

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Law enforcement officials in Sedgwick County and across Kansas will collect leftover medications on Saturday.

Since the Drug Take-Back Day program started in 2010, more than 65 tons of medication in Kansas have been collected.

Drop-off sites will be open from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. There are 10 sites in Sedgwick County, including in Maize, Goddard, Haysville, Cheney and Derby.

The event is conducted by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which will collect and dispose of the medications.

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KMUW has won three regional 2018 Edward R. Murrow Awards from the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) for excellence in journalism.

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The Greater Wichita YMCA announced two $1 million gifts that will help bring a YMCA to Wichita State University.

Steve and Becky Clark, along with Ken and Jan Shannon, have committed funding for the project on WSU’s Innovation Campus, the YMCA said Tuesday in a news release.

Steve Clark, a WSU graduate, is chairman of Clark Investment Group. The Shannons, both WSU alumni, own Metal-Fab, a Wichita manufacturing company.

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Three members of the Kansas Court of Appeals will listen to oral arguments Tuesday at Newman University in Wichita.

Judges Thomas Malone, Michael Buser and Kathryn Gardner will hear six cases, according to a news release from the court. Three cases will be heard starting at 9:30 a.m. with the remaining three at 1:30 p.m.

The hearings, which are open to the public, will be held in the Dugan Gorges Library Conference Center at Newman, 3100 McCormick.

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