Ascha Lee

Engagement Assistant/News Intern

Ascha started at KMUW as an Engagement Intern in August 2017. She graduated from Wichita State in May 2018, and was named the Outstanding Journalism Graduate of 2018 by her instructors at the Elliott School of Communication. After graduating, Ascha stayed on at KMUW in the Engagement department, and she also did an internship in the KMUW News Lab from May 2018 to January 2019. She’s originally from the Pratt, Kansas area and is a proud rancher’s daughter. 

When she’s not doing a little bit of everything at KMUW, Ascha enjoys road trips, running, concerts and spending time with her cats, Louie and George.

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Take a drive through the north side of Wichita and you might notice some new faces. They live on the walls of buildings, under bridges and on other structures that weren’t necessarily designed to be painted, but were anyway.

 

 

“To paint a mural in a public space,” said Wichita artist Armando Minjarez, “it’s itself a form of invasion.”

 

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Hundreds of demonstrators braved the cold Saturday afternoon for the third annual Wichita Women’s March and rally downtown.

 

The theme of the gathering was “Claim Your Voice.” A variety of issues were addressed at the event, including domestic violence, immigration rights, police brutality and equal representation in government.

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Demolition of the old Mid-Continent Airport terminal will begin later this month.

 

The new terminal at Wichita’s Eisenhower National Airport was completed almost four years ago, in June 2015. Since then, the old terminal has been waiting to be torn down.

 

Valerie Wise, air service and business development manager at Eisenhower, said it’s because they had to get everything out of the old terminal first.

 

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Editor's note: Because of expected freezing weather, the Women's March will start at 1 p.m. at City Hall. Marchers will proceed to the Wave venue in Old Town where the rally will be held indoors. Organizers announced the change on Thursday, Jan. 17.

 

The third annual Women’s March will take place in Wichita later this month.

 

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Spirit AeroSystems announced Wednesday it will add 1,400 new jobs over the course of the next year.

 

The aviation company is the largest employer in Wichita. Last year, Spirit announced it would add 1,000 jobs in the next two years, which already has done.

 

Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer and Gov.-elect Laura Kelly attended the news conference where Spirit president and CEO Tom Gentile made the announcement.

 

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Wichita will soon be home to the world’s largest mural painted by a single artist.

 

The mural is on the east side of the Beachner grain elevator on 21st Street. It’s visible west of I-135 as well as westbound K-96.

 

Some area Girl Scouts stopped by KMUW recently to participate in the Radio Day program. They spent some time in our studios recording their insights on our nation's first Thanksgiving.

Here's a sample from their day...

We think they did a great job and should wear their Radio Day badges proudly.

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The YMCA hosted its 41st free Thanksgiving dinner for families in need.

The nonprofit’s annual “We Care” dinner served about 1,500 people on Wednesday at the downtown location.

United Way of the Plains is mailing out surveys this week in Sedgwick and Butler counties.

The nonprofit sends out surveys once every three years and uses the results to identify unmet social, health and human service needs. United Way then brings local government, business and nonprofit organizations together to raise money toward those community needs.

Delane Butler, vice president of marketing for United Way of the Plains, said the organization uses the results to determine where to focus its efforts.

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Kansas high school graduates performed slightly better on the ACT than the average student in 2018.

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