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.

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The Range | June 18, 2021

Jun 18, 2021
Beth Golay / KMUW

People use Wichita Transit for all sorts of reasons: to get to work, go to the doctor, visit family. And many rely on the city’s buses for everyday needs, like getting groceries.

This week on The Range, we go en route with a woman to talk about the challenge of going grocery shopping with a walker or wheelchair, all while navigating mass transit.

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Katelynn McIlwain has joined the KMUW newsroom for the summer as our Korva Coleman Diversity in Journalism intern.

The Range | June 11, 2021

Jun 11, 2021
Carla Eckels / KMUW/File photo

This week on The Range, we share a final conversation with the late, great Karla Burns, an icon in the Wichita arts community who died last week at the age of 66.

Plus, after a chaotic school year upended by the pandemic, many districts across Kansas are looking to summer school programs to make up for lost learning. But, in a shocking twist, those districts are having a hard time getting students — and teachers — to sign up.

The Range | June 4, 2021

Jun 4, 2021
Courtesy Music Theatre Wichita

All the world's a stage — as Music Theatre Wichita is finding out this season.

This week on The Range, we talk to MTW's artistic director about adapting to the pandemic and finding new venues to put on shows.

Plus, recent ransomware attacks have exposed a longstanding problem: a major lack of cybersecurity experts. Demand for Information Security Analysts is expected to grow over the next decade, however, and Wichita wants in.

The Range | May 28, 2021

May 28, 2021
Nadya Faulx / KMUW/File Photo

We hear the train a-comin' — or do we? This week on The Range, we discuss the status of the effort to bring passenger rail back to Wichita, a prospect that seems more likely than ever under the president's new infrastructure package.

The Range | May 21, 2021

May 21, 2021
Lu Anne Stephens / KMUW

The Wichita Wind Surge are finally (and we mean finally) playing at Riverfront Stadium.

This week on The Range, we go en route with some Surge fans on their way to the team's first home game.

Plus, a teen rite of passage is having trouble finding teens. Why are lifeguards so hard to come by this summer?

The Range | May 14, 2021

May 14, 2021
Deborah Shaar

After the pandemic canceled plans last year, summer travel is heating up, thanks to increasing vaccination rates, loosened health guidelines and lots of pent-up demand.

This week on The Range, we talk to a tour company in Wichita that's welcoming the return of summer travelers.

The Range | May 7, 2021

May 7, 2021
Torin Andersen / KMUW

When schools shut down last spring because of the coronavirus, Wichita West High art teacher Kevin Kelly collected his students' scrapped pieces and got to work on his latest show.

This week on The Range, we talk to the painter about how he's transforming discarded art into something new.

Plus, after going dark more than a year ago, movie theaters are reopening. But will the allure of sound and spectacle on the silver screen be enough to draw audiences away from streaming at home?

Nadya Faulx / KMUW

Buy us some peanuts and Cracker Jack: It's baseball week on The Range.

With less than two weeks to go before the Wichita Wind Surge makes its long-awaited debut at Riverfront Stadium, we talk to the team's CEO, logo designer and No. 1 fan about America's pastime.

Carla Eckels / KMUW

A jury in Minnesota this week found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty for the murder of George Floyd.

Floyd's death last year sparked worldwide demonstrations against police violence, and inspired Wichita State University professor Kevin Harrison to start The Breathe Project, aimed at denouncing racism and lifting up Black men. This week on The Range, we talk to Harrison about the group's work and his plans for the year ahead.

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