Kate Hutchens

On-Air Host

Kate Hutchens is a fill-in host for KMUW when she’s not out making lattes in her mobile coffee bus, Sunflower Espresso.

She first joined KMUW as a news intern in 2006, after studying writing and journalism at Southwestern College. After learning to report breaking news at KFDI, she landed at KMUW as operations assistant and local host of NPR’s All Things Considered. In 2009, Kate moved to Portland, Oregon, where she worked as Oregon Public Broadcasting's radio operations coordinator. Her favorite moments at OPB include giving Dr. Lonnie Smith directions to a "diner with great breakfast,” being a background extra during a Rick Steves TV taping and yarn-bombing the radio interview room with fellow knitters. She jumped at the chance to work with her friends at KMUW again as Morning Edition host, which she did until March 2017.

When Kate hosted her first shift at KSWC "The Jinx" in 2001, she was almost too afraid to open up the microphone (that’s radio jargon for turning the mic on). She quickly overcame that fear and has since reported breaking news, found her "jazz voice" and committed the Morning Edition clock to memory.

Ways to Connect

Abigail Beckman / KMUW, File Photo

This morning at 9 a.m., Wichita State University will hold a remembrance ceremony to honor the 31 WSU football players, administrators, and school supporters who died in a plane crash in the Rocky Mountains in 1970.

KMUW's Abigail Wilson recently finished a documentary on how friends, family members, and survivors of the crash are faring, all these years later.

Abigail sat down with our Morning Edition host Kate Clause to talk about her project.

The largest electric company in Kansas has reached an agreement with a consumer advocacy agency and other parties to scale back a proposed increase in the utility's annual rates to $78 million.

Westar Energy Inc. announced Thursday that it had a settlement with the Citizens' Utility Ratepayers Board, the staff of the Kansas Corporation Commission and all other parties in its rate case. Westar had sought a $152 million rate increase.

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Members of the community group Sunflower Community Action have worked with Wichita city councilwoman LaVonta Williams over the past year to "Ban the Box."

The initiative was created to get employers to no longer require that applicants check a box if they have been convicted of a felony on public sector job applications.

The City of Wichita adopted this policy on Thursday.

Prairie Sunset Trail

May 28, 2015
Evelyn Hefley

A local bike advocacy group called Prairie Travelers recently got a grant to expand an 8-mile section of abandoned railroad corridor into the Prairie Sunset Trail, a mixed-use bike and walking lane. The volunteers are getting help from a group of Americorps Volunteers based in Denver, Colorado.

We interviewed John Moore with the Prairie Travelers, Cecelia Montes De Oca, the leader of the Americorps team, and then the volunteers themselves.


Below, Mayor Jeff Longwell talks about Wichita's plans to improve bicycling and transportation in the future, and he shares his own favorite routes to bike. 

In addition to the bicycle feature (click to play the first audio link), Mayor Jeff Longwell offered this advice for new riders:

"Number one, I would recommend that you find a buddy to ride with, because it's always safer to ride in pairs.

Friday is National Bike to Work Day! There will be several spots in Wichita where you can grab a free breakfast or lunch by bicycle. Find that information here.

But, if you’re kind of new to biking for transportation, here are a few quick tips for riding in Wichita:

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Scott Wadle, Project Manager for Wichita Bicycle Master Plan, talks about exciting projects in Wichita.

In this audio piece, Scott Wadle talks about new bicycle parking in the Delano District:


Here he talks more about Wichita's 10-year plan for bicycling in Wichita and explains how you can read it online.


And in this final audio clip, Wadle explains how bike projects are selected and funded.


Abigail Wilson

Kim Neufeld, president of Bike/Walk Wichita, offers advice on how to use your bike as transportation in addition to recreation.

For additional bike-to-work information, here's a piece in which Amy Delamaide talks about how to commute to work, especially with women's clothing: http://kmuw.org/post/bike-month-profile-amy-delamaide

May Events During Bike Month

May 4, 2015

It’s Bike Month, and KMUW is celebrating all things bicycle.

If you want to get outside and participate, consider some of these Bike Month events:

Federal health officials say just over 39,000 Kansans signed up for health care coverage through the federally run exchange in the first month of open enrollment.

Those who signed up at healthcare.gov as of December 15 will have coverage Thursday. People who sign up by Jan. 15 will be covered beginning Feb. 1.

About 57,000 people enrolled in the exchange in Kansas last year. State officials hope more sign up this year.

People can sign up for individual or family coverage until February 15 at www.healthcare.gov.