Jordan Kirtley

Marketing Manager

Jordan Kirtley is an artist and designer native to Wichita. Jordan graduated from Wichita State University in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in studio art and a minor in entrepreneurship. Since January 2015, she has held various roles at KMUW, the first being graduate student intern and the most recent being Marketing Manager. More casually she is known as KMUW’s “in-house artist,” having designed the latest iteration of the KMUW logo and the graphics for KMUW’s many podcasts and programs. Her favorite design thus far is a tie between My Fellow Kansans and Hindsight: Looking Back on 100 Years of Women's Suffrage.

Jordan was offered the opportunity to write and voice a limited-run commentary in March 2020. Next Best Thing highlights ways to say connected under stay-at-home orders, with a focus on local community connections. Her management of the station's website,, received second place from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in 2020 along with Nadya Faulx, Beth Golay and Hugo Phan.

In her freetime, Jordan likes to make artwork with whatever currently strikes her fancy (she’s been a printmaker, painter, weaver, digital illustrator, collager, muralist). She’s currently pursuing, albeit slowly, an animation degree through WSU’s Media Arts program. Her artwork has been exhibited at CityArts, Wichita State University, Friends University and Mark Arts. She serves on the volunteer alliance for WSU’s Ulrich Museum of Art.


Ways to Connect

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

Now that we've made it through the dog days of summer, I can once again wholeheartedly endorse outdoor activities. Here are some options that allow for social distancing:


As a public radio employee, I’m embarrassed to admit that I just discovered NPR calls it “your evolving guide to feeling human during the COVID-19 pandemic.” I can’t say that it will live up to that description, but clearly we’re all NPR fans here, so I encourage you to check it out.

Courtesy Mark Arts

A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the Ulrich Museum of Art’s community billboard project, Ulrich + Artists + You. Hopefully you’ve spotted some billboards around town. The first batch went up July 1 and new artwork will continue to pop up through November 30.


The Ulrich is taking the community aspect of this project seriously by collaborating with several local organizations. Full disclosure: KMUW is one of them.

Courtesy Tallgrass Film Association


For me, and thousands of others, fall in Wichita means it’s time for the Tallgrass Film Festival. 

Courtesy Ulrich Museum of Art

No matter how innovative they are, virtual events will never be as engaging as the real thing. And that’s why this segment is called Next Best Thing, and not Absolute Best Thing. But, virtual programming can be more convenient, and that factors highly into my own decision-making now that I can’t be bothered to change out of sweatpants.


Thankfully, the Orpheum Theatre and the Ulrich Museum of Art have launched some online programming that I’m genuinely looking forward to.


Jordan Kirtley / KMUW

Tuesday, July 14, is the deadline to register to vote in the Kansas Primary. Normally, when election time comes around, the only decision is who to vote for. But this time, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have another factor to seriously consider: how to vote.


The options are: you can vote in-person, either at one of several location when early voting starts or at your designated polling place on Election Day. Or, you can vote in advance by mail.


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The beauty of virtual events is that you can never really miss them. In a lot of cases, there’s not much difference between tuning in live, and watching a video on your own time.

As a public radio listener, I’m sure you’re familiar with NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Concerts. Everyone has performed there—even the residents of Sesame Street.

Fletcher Powell / KMUW

Last weekend, I needed an activity that would get me out of the house for an hour or two, while keeping public contact to a minimum. So I set out to test the Wichita Public Library’s historic walking tours on the PocketSights app.

Jordan Kirtley / KMUW


The Wichita Mom organization and United Way of the Plains are hosting a card drive for health care workers and residents in long-term care facilities. You can contribute by mailing drawings, homemade greeting cards, and letters of encouragement to United Way by April 30. They’ll take care of the rest.