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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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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The state’s unemployment rate fell to 3.4 percent in December, according to the latest figures from the Kansas Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics.

That’s down slightly from November and down from 4.3 percent in December 2016.

“Employers continue to demand valuable Kansas labor as jobs, hours worked, and real earnings increased over the year,” state Labor Secretary Lana Gordon said in a statement.

Private sector jobs increased by more than 5,200 in December, the majority of them in the leisure and hospitality industry.

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Carla Eckels of KMUW was honored Wednesday night with the Drum Major Award at Wichita State University’s Martin Luther King Unity Walk.

The award is given annually to a person “who seeks greatness, but does so through service and love,” WSU said in a news release. It comes from a speech by King in which he said: “If you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice, say that I was a drum major for peace: I was a drum major for righteousness."

Kellogg in west Wichita will close again this weekend as part of the ongoing project at I-235.
Kansas Department of Transportation

Kellogg will close again this weekend in west Wichita as part of the continuing project at I-235.

Weather permitting, Kellogg will begin closing Friday around 5 p.m. in both directions under I-235. All lanes of I-235 over Kellogg will also be closed.

All lanes are scheduled to re-open before 6 a.m. Monday.

The closures will allow crews to install eight more steel beams for the northbound I-235 ramp to westbound Kellogg.

A similar closure is scheduled for the weekend of Feb. 2.

Kellogg in west Wichita will close again this weekend as part of the ongoing project at I-235.
Kansas Department of Transportation

Planning to use Kellogg near I-235 the first weekend of January? Better find an alternate route.

Weather permitting, the Kansas Department of Transportation plans to close all traffic on Kellogg under I-235 from Friday, Jan. 5, through Monday, Jan. 8. All traffic on I-235 over Kellogg also will be closed during that period.

Crews plan to install steel beams for the northbound I-235 ramp leading to westbound Kellogg.

Center for Combating Human Trafficking

Two local events are scheduled in January to mark National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.

The Wichita Women in Health Professions will host a panel discussion by representatives of local agencies working to prevent trafficking. The event is scheduled for Jan. 23 at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. It will begin at 5:30 p.m.