Kevin Benavides

News Intern

Kevin Benavides is a News Lab intern for KMUW for the summer season of 2019. As an intern, he aims to learn about as much of public radio and journalism as he can.

He is a senior at Wichita State University, where he is studying Communication, with an emphasis in Strategic Communications. He is expected to graduate in the fall 2019 semester.

Kevin found a passion for writing only recently; he spent his first few semesters studying aerospace engineering prior to making the switch to communication. Switching majors ignited a new line of interests for him, and he wants to expand his skills and experience in the field as far as they can go.

When he is not working at KMUW, Kevin might be found doing several different activities: He enjoys watching movies and playing video games and engaging in discussions about both topics. He also finds delight in going on walks through parks when the weather is nice or trying a craft beer from a local brewer, or even just exploring his environments and seeing where his curiosities take him.

Ways to Connect

Courtesy NASA

NASA is partnering with Spirit AeroSystems and 12 other companies as part of a new space program.

The program, called “Artemis,” has a long-term goal of landing humans on Mars for the first time.

L.K. Kubendran is the head of NASA’s Announcement of Collaboration Opportunity, which selected the 13 companies that will take part in 19 different partnerships with NASA.

Kubendran said the first goal of Artemis is to get humans back on the moon by 2024 – with plans to keep them there.

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Wichita Public Schools has nearly enough teachers for a change, but it says it stills needs more bus drivers.

Shannon Krysl, head of the district’s human resources department, says the number of teaching vacancies is the lowest it has been in years. Classes resume in Wichita on Aug. 14.

Credit: Convoy of Hope

The annual Convoy of Hope Wichita event will take place at two locations on Saturday to accommodate a growing number of people.

Bethel Life Center, at 3777 S. Meridian, is now in its seventh year of hosting the event. It is Wichita’s affiliate of the nationwide nonprofit Convoy of Hope, which combats hunger and poverty.

Stacie Cathcart, head of the event and pastor at Bethel Life Center, has witnessed the event change from a back-to-school drive to a community gathering with numerous sponsors that welcomes more than 8,000 people annually.

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Electric scooters have hit the streets of Wichita.

Mayor Jeff Longwell held a small ribbon-cutting ceremony on Monday morning at the corner of Second and Main streets, officially launching the program.

"This new method of transportation will add vibrancy to our downtown, and it'll make getting around a little easier," Longwell said.

Transit director Mike Tann says that 500 scooters were deployed Monday around the downtown area, but more than 1,100 will be available over the next few weeks.

Courtesy photo

The Cosmosphere and Exploration Place will hold events this month to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.

Kevin Benavides / KMUW

A local nonprofit is continuing to revitalize Juneteenth in Wichita with a number of cultural and historical events.

Danielle Johnson, vice chair of Community Operations Recovery Empowerment and chair of Juneteenth ICT, is one of the people planning and leading the celebration.

Juneteenth, or Freedom Day, celebrates the end of slavery in Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865, more than two years after the Emancipation Proclamation was signed. It is the oldest known event celebrating the end of slavery in the United States and is recognized nationally.