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Carla Eckels

Director of Cultural Diversity, news & engagement | 'Soulsations' Music Host

Carla Eckels is Director of Cultural Diversity for news and engagement at KMUW. She has been an award-winning announcer and news producer for KMUW since 1996. Eckels also produces and hosts the R&B and gospel show Soulsations that airs Sundays at 6 a.m. and 6 p.m., and brings stories of race and culture to The Range with the monthly segment In the Mix.

Prior to coming to KMUW, Carla was the local host for NPR’s Morning Edition at WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio, and co-hosted a nationally syndicated gospel radio show in Cincinnati. Carla was also program director for KIBN, the Inspirational Black Network in Wichita, hosted the Joyful Sounds gospel show on Q92-FM and produced the number one gospel radio show on KSJM 107.9 JAMZ from 2004 to 2007.

Carla was inducted into The Kansas African American Museum's Trailblazers Hall of Fame in November 2020 for her work in broadcast/journalism. Carla annually emcees Gospelfest at the Wichita River Festival and was voted Best Disc Jockey by subscribers of The Community Voice. She is a member of the Kansas Association of Black Journalists and recipient of the Wichita Branch NAACP’s Janett Jackson Community Service Award.

In 2018 Carla was honored with the Sonny Slater Award for Service to Station and Community from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, and the Drum Major Award at Wichita State University's MLK Unity Walk. She received the prestigious National Edward R. Murrow Award in 2017 for her work on Then And Now: The Summer Of Justice and a Regional Edward R. Murrow Award for Newman Basketball Coach And Wife Recount His Struggle With Depression—And His Return To ‘Normal’. In April 2016, Wichita State University presented Carla with the Wayne Carlisle Distinguished Service Award. The Carlisle Award is presented to a WSU professional who models the standard of extraordinary service exhibited by the late Wayne Carlisle.

Carla can be reached by email at eckels@kmuw.org.