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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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.

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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.

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U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran will hold a pair of town hall meetings in the Wichita area on Wednesday.

The first, for Sedgwick County residents, is scheduled from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Textron Aviation Activity Center, 9710 E. Central in Wichita.

The second, in Butler County, is planned from 11 a.m. until noon at the El Dorado Civic Center, 201 E. Central in El Dorado.

The events are part of Moran’s Kansas Listening Tour. Residents are invited to attend and ask questions.

Moran, a Republican, has held 23 Kansas Listening Tour events since August.

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Amtrak is moving ahead on a feasibility study regarding the possible extension of the Heartland Flyer route.

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An artistic depiction of the jacket worn by Admiral Windwagon Smith is the backdrop for the 2018 River Festival poster, which was unveiled Friday.

The poster was created by Wichita artist Joe Worley, who won $3,500 for his winning design.

“I love to create and share my creations with the world,” Worley said in a news release. “Having my art selected to be the imagery for this year’s Riverfest is a truly awesome and humbling experience.”

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Three students were awarded Wichita State University’s Harry Gore Memorial Scholarships, one of the largest undergraduate scholarships in Kansas.

Kevin Dao, Sydney Wyatt and Jillian Newfield were selected Thursday from more than 600 students who participated in the Distinguished Scholarship Invitation. Each Gore Scholar will receive $16,000 a year for four years, totaling $64,000.

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The Center for Combating Human Trafficking at Wichita State University will host an event Thursday focusing on the criminalization of individuals who have survived sex trafficking.

The center’s “Love Not Lockup” event will feature a showing of the documentary "Me Facing Life: Cyntoia's Story" by Dan Birman. Cyntoia Brown was arrested for the 2004 murder of a 43-year-old man. Brown, who was 16 at the time, was forced into prostitution and the man had solicited her for sex. She was given a life sentence.

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Boeing said Monday that the Federal Aviation Administration has cleared its 787-10 Dreamliner for commercial service.

That’s good news for Wichita’s Spirit AeroSystems, a major supplier to the Dreamliner program.

The 787-10 is the latest version of the Dreamliner. It can seat 330 passengers and has a range of more than 7,000 miles, according to a news release from Boeing. Other international aviation regulatory agencies are expected to follow the FAA's ruling and certify the airliner, the release said.

Park City Mayor Emil Bergquist was selected Saturday to replace Greg Lakin in the Kansas House of Representatives.

Lakin, a Republican, recently was appointed chief medical officer for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by Gov. Sam Brownback. Lakin, a doctor, guides treatment at a substance abuse rehabilitation center in Wichita.

Bergquist will now represent House District 91, which includes northwest Wichita and parts of Kechi, Maize, Park City and Valley Center.

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