Katelynn McIlwain

Korva Coleman Diversity in Journalism Intern

Katelynn McIlwain is a senior at the University of Missouri majoring in journalism (with a magazine writing emphasis) and minoring in digital storytelling. When she’s on campus, she works as an intern at the MU News Bureau and as a resident advisor for MU Residential Life. She is also a member of the Alpha Omega campus ministry.

Katelynn enjoys developing human interest pieces and arts and entertainment reviews. Naturally drawn to people and how their experiences create the lens through which they view the world, she is excited to continue reporting about the human condition and how a year of unprecedented events continues to impact the way we relate to one another. In writing for Vox Magazine, a city magazine in Columbia, Missouri, she has been able to cover everything from cosplay to race relations in Christian churches. Her reporting went international when she produced a story with The Global Journalist about Nigerian journalists working during the #EndSARS movement. She looks forward to giving underreported topics and communities a voice in a career of public radio.

When she’s not working, you’ll likely find her trying new restaurants (especially if it’s a local ice cream shop) and telling you more than you ever needed or wanted to know about K-Pop and animation.

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Starting next week, the Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home will be open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. It used to be open Wednesday through Saturday during the same timeframe.

“We are moving forward,” said Dawn Hammatt, the library and museum’s director. “We have a plan in place, and we are really excited to be able to do this in a safe and healthy fashion.”

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Despite a fire last week, the Crown Uptown Theatre plans to open this weekend for more performances of “Come Together: A Beatles Revue.”

Max Wilson, the theater’s general manager, said there is likely more than $10,000 worth of damaged lighting equipment after the breaker box caught fire during Friday night’s storm. As of Monday, the power to the men’s restroom, the kitchen and the air conditioning was still out.


For nine years, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy, or DACA, has protected people illegally brought to the U.S. as children.

Sunflower Community Action, a nonprofit in Wichita that fights for racial and economic equity, is hosting a “DACA Cumple 9,” or “DACA Turns 9,” celebration on Tuesday. It will be nine years to the date that former President Barack Obama signed DACA into law in 2012.

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JuneteenthICT is bringing a month of celebrations to Wichita.

Ti’Juana Hardwell, a volunteer for JuneteenthICT, said she is looking forward to the event’s annual parade, which was canceled last year.

“The parade is kind of like that big, huge announcement that, ‘Hey, JuneteenthICT is here,’” Hardwell said.

Juneteenth, short for June 19th, was the day Union troops freed about 250,000 slaves in Galveston, Texas. That happened more than two years after President Abraham Lincoln signed the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863.

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The Wichita American Rocketry Challenge Team has its sights set on the national finals in Colorado.

This is the team’s 11th appearance in the national competitions. It is one of 100 middle or high school teams to qualify.

“Everybody says, ‘Why rocketry?’” team coach Bill Lindsay said. “Well, it is rocketry, but if you look at the way the industry is heading today, I mean, we’re trying to get to Mars. We’re trying to get back to the moon.”

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The Symphony in the Flint Hills is back after two years of cancellations — and so far there’s no threat of another cancellation on the horizon.

Through art, music and educational presentations, the Symphony in the Flint Hills tells the story of one of the last standing tallgrass prairies in North America.

The 2019 event was cancelled after storms damaged the concert site, and the pandemic was the culprit in 2020.

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Local races are set for Sedgwick County’s municipal and school elections.

Three seats on the Wichita City Council and four seats on the Wichita school board are up for election this fall. Several cities around the county will elect new mayors. You can find a full list of candidates running for office here.