Jonathan Huber

Morning Edition host

Jonathan Huber grew up in South Hutchinson, Kansas. He majored in communication arts at Bethel College in North Newton and had a weekly radio show on 88.1 KBCU featuring music recorded in live settings. His true public radio calling came much earlier: He was placed behind a microphone during a pledge drive at Radio Kansas, where his father hosted Morning Edition for 30 years. “Nobody could make the phones ring like a four-year-old reciting the telephone number!” he says.

Jon is now the local host and producer of NPR’s Morning Edition. In 2019, he received a Regional Edward R. Murrow award, an honorable mention from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters and recognition from the Public Radio News Directors for his newcasts. His previous experience includes staff announcer and reporter at 88.1-FM WVPE in Elkhart, Indiana, where some of his more notable coverage included campaign stops in the 2016 primary election and a presidential visit.

When not working, Jon enjoys spending time with his wife and their nieces and nephews, smoking meat, homebrewing beer and cider, acquiring and listening to vinyl records, playing disc golf, dreaming of piloting aircraft and following mediocre sports teams, like the Minnesota Twins and the German soccer club 1899 Hoffenheim.

 

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Have you ever wondered how salt gets from 650 feet underground to icy roadways during winters? In this Audio Postcard, KMUW’s Jonathan Huber takes a trip to the massive underground caverns of the Hutchinson Salt Company, where General Manager Jim Barta explains how the salt goes from rock to road.

And here's some video Jonathan captured in the mine.

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Autumn is fading in most of south central Kansas but you can still see color in the trees and fields.  KMUW’s Jonathan Huber took a walk along the Arkansas River and files this audio postcard.

Each year, teams of rowers from across the country gather for the Frostbite Regatta on the Little Arkansas River in Riverside. They sit on skinny boats - called skulls - racing quickly through the water to the cheers of enthusiastic crowds. The 26th annual race was held this past Saturday. In this Audio Postcard, you’ll hear races starting and the rowers with their coxswains shouting navigational and inspirational commands.

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The Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve near Strong City was established in the Flint Hills in 1996. The National Park Service operates the Spring Hill Ranch, which offers Living Ranch History Weekends between Memorial Day and October. KMUW's Jonathan Huber visited on a windy Saturday and prepared this audio postcard, which has sounds of a meal being cooked and a blacksmithing demonstration.

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Every third weekend of September, the Walnut Valley Festival takes place in Winfield. For 46 years, it's put together bluegrass, Celtic, folk music, Cowboy, and numerous other genres. People come from all over the world to reunite with their Winfield family.

KMUW’s Jonathan Huber filed this audio postcard with voices from folk musician John McCutcheon and The Steel Wheels’ Trent Wagler, along with music from the festival and the campgrounds.

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Powwows are an integral part of the way Native Americans remember their history and ancestors. Many powwows are held throughout the year at Mid-America All-Indian Center in Wichita.

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The first Wichita Vortex Fest took place earlier this month at the Mid-American All Indian Center in Wichita. It was billed as an “urban camping and music” festival and featured local and regional bands supporting headliner Dwight Yoakam.

Each summer since 1935, Lawrence-Dumont Stadium hosts the National Baseball Congress World Series. The Wichita crowd is multi-generational. Children attend with their grandparents, who saw previous tournaments with their parents and grandparents. Most teams are amateur or semi-pro. Recently, as we hear in this Audio Postcard from KMUW's Jonathan Huber, one of the teams is comprised of retired Major Leaguers. 

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Summer means kids' camps, and, in the aviation capital of the world, the Kansas Aviation Museum has several different offerings. In this audio postcard from KMUW's Jonathan Huber, young campers build parachutes and drop them off a balcony to learn about drag, one of the four forces of flight.

You might not think of sailing as a popular hobby in Kansas, but the Ninnescah Sailing Association has been taking advantage of the strong Kansas winds at Cheney Lake for more than fifty years. KMUW’s Jonathan Huber spent an evening on the lake with Kent Carter and his crew of sailors from the NSA and prepared this Audio Postcard.

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