KMUW News

KMUW News is a team of dedicated on-air and digital reporters working to tell the stories of Wichita and its residents.

For six years running, KMUW has been named Station of the Year by the Kansas Association of Broadcasters, the most prestigious award for major markets in the state. KMUW reporters have been honored for their work by regional and national organizations like KAB, the Radio Television Digital News Association, Public Radio News Directors Incorporated and the Alliance for Women in Media.

Contact KMUW News at news@kmuw.org

The Range | Jan. 22, 2021

Jan 22, 2021
Carla Eckels / KMUW

Some neighborhoods in Wichita's 67214 zip code, west of Wichita State University, have long struggled with poverty and access to fresh, healthy food. 

But a community group is trying to change that by providing free breakfasts, groceries — and even books. This week on The Range, we stop by a Books & Breakfast event to meet some of the people behind the initiative, and some of the residents it's serving.

The Range | Jan. 15, 2021

Jan 15, 2021
Beth Golay / KMUW

Have you been by Wichita's downtown riverfront lately? It doesn't look much different than it did a year ago — but change could be on the way, on both the west and east banks.

The Range | Jan. 8, 2021

Jan 8, 2021
Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

This week on The Range, we visit a small Kansas town that rebuilt its biggest tourist attraction, and itself, following a devastating tornado.

Plus, we talk with the mayor of Wichita about how the city is helping businesses survive the pandemic.

The Range | Jan. 1, 2021

Jan 1, 2021
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It's the first First Friday in 2021, and we're ringing in the New Year by talking about art.

Of course, 2021 doesn’t look much better than 2020 for art shows. But that hasn’t stopped two Wichita art lovers from becoming the new owners of one of the city's best-known galleries. This week on The Range, we talk to them about why, despite the challenges, the market for art is thriving.

KMUW News In 2020

Dec 29, 2020
KMUW News staff

It probably goes without saying, but we're going to say it anyway: 2020, as a whole, is not an easy year to look back on.

But the year that started with a pandemic, ended with a tense election and saw a wave of protests against police violence in between, is finally coming to a close. As we always do, we asked KMUW reporters and producers to share the stories that shaped their year — perhaps not the most significant stories, or the ones with the most page views, but the ones that, for whatever reason, have stayed with them.

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It's Christmas here on The Range, and after a tough year, we hear from four Wichita pastors who are sharing a message of faith, hope and love.

Plus, we talk to the world's busiest CEO this week: Santa. Actually, two Santas. (You might not want to listen to this episode with young kids.)

The Range | Dec. 18, 2020

Dec 18, 2020
Beth Golay / KMUW

This week on The Range, we meet a woman who's driven by the memory of her late mother to bring joy to other people's lives.

And, we talk to a community activist in Wichita who's pushing back on the payday lending industry after a title loan company moved into her neighborhood.

The Range | Dec. 11, 2020

Dec 11, 2020
Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

This week on The Range, we take a trip to western Kansas to visit the breathtaking "Cathedral of the Plains" that towers over the tiny town of Victoria.

Plus, we catch up with Lynn Hutchinson, a COVID-19 ICU nurse at St. Francis Hospital we first spoke to in July, to hear what the situation is like now, ten months into the pandemic.

The Range | Dec. 4, 2020

Dec 4, 2020

A Wichita sculptor is adding a little fantasy to Botanica's holiday glow.

This week on The Range, we talk to artist Connie Ernatt about her newest pieces at the annual light display.

Plus, a Wichita roofing and construction company runs on the philosophy of giving its employees second chances — and encourages other companies to do the same.

The Range | Nov. 27, 2020

Nov 27, 2020
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The number of COVID-19 cases in Kansas has doubled in the last five weeks. The spike has led to overcrowded hospitals and nearly 250 deaths this month. And African Americans are being hit particularly hard: Black Kansans are three times more likely to test positive for COVID-19 than white Kansans, and more than seven times more likely to die from the disease.

This week on The Range, we talk to one Wichita woman about her battle with COVID-19, and why she says sharing her story is so important.

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