Sarah Jane Crespo

Director of Community Engagement

Sarah Jane Crespo is the Director of Community Engagement at KMUW. She has worked at KMUW since 2010 in a variety of functions, from marketing to membership to accounting. Sarah Jane believes that public radio should empower listeners to take part in making their community the best it can be.

In her daily work, she leads the engagement department and plans and manages events such as Media Circus, Literary Feast and listener appreciation events. She is the creator and host of the monthly community conversation, Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap. As part of Engage ICT, Sarah Jane co-produced the public affairs program Kansas Women In Politics And The GOP, which was awarded honorable mention from the Kansas Association of Broadcasters in 2020.

On-air, she hosts middays on Thursdays and Fridays with shows like Here and Now, The BBC Newshour and Science Friday, and she serves as fill-in announcer. Sarah Jane has been an avid listener since her college days at Wichita State University.

 

Ways to Connect

Writer Caroni Lombard recently received a dose of goodwill that will last her for a while.

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This week on Viral Kindness, social worker Allison Graham talks about the power of a hug.

"I have been isolated since the pandemic started. Not a lot of physical contact. Six hugs now, the entire time. So, a year: six hugs. March 19 was the last pre-pandemic hug that I had. I can actually recount these times of physical comfort and physical contact in a year.

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Angie Evans opened “Arthouse 310” during what she called the “pandemic crazy time” of 2020. Now, she’s taking a cue from other kinds of neighborhood boxes. Her mission: to expand the arts in Wichita.

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Danielle Johnson works at the office of diversity and inclusion at Wichita State. Going from in-person, to virtual, to hybrid, and back again has been a challenge. But when students show her how much she impacts them, it reminds her that it’s all worth it.

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Wichitan Jill Miller is usually the person who’s offering help to others. But after breaking her foot, she was forced to ask for help herself. The response was overwhelming, as we hear on this week’s Viral Kindness.

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Wichita City Council member Becky Tuttle has put in a lot of miles since September. Repeated eight-hour drives to help her ailing parents have been stressful, but a small gesture from a friend has helped keep her spirits up.

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Using social media and community organizing skills, one WSU grad is tackling hunger by putting refrigerators exactly where they’re needed, and filling them up.

  

Tajahnae Stocker has been learning how to implement an idea that will help her community as part of a national Young Professionals program. She wanted to address food insecurity, even before COVID-19. Now, she’s making a difference in a fresh way, with the ICT Community Fridge Project.

At Newton Presbyterian Manor, there is independent living, assisted living and healthcare. During this difficult year, there’s also…music. Executive Director Marc Kessinger explains.

“The Corona Carolers started off probably in March of this year, just walking the sidewalks in a prayer group. And they asked if they could start singing through the windows. They’re just a tremendous group of ladies. They’ve got heart, they’re compassionate, and we appreciate them.”

For the past year, KMUW has been part of a new project from StoryCorps called One Small Step—conversations between strangers across the political divide. Today we hear from two people who experienced very different "Americas" growing up.

Here's part of the conversation between Alejo and Lisa:

StoryCorps’ One Small Step is made possible in part by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a private corporation funded by the American people.

For the past year, KMUW has been involved with StoryCorps' One Small Step initiative, which brings people together with opposing political beliefs to have open respectful conversations. One Small Step is not about politics. It's an opportunity to talk about the life experiences that formed your values. In many instances, the participants discover they had more in common than they thought.

Today we hear from Jennifer, a conservative, and Elise, a liberal. Here is part of their conversation:

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