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NPR's Juana Summers Speaks Wednesday At KU

There's going to be a panel discussion on journalism and politics at the University of Kansas.

NPR political correspondent Juana Summers is joining three other reporters to talk about the midterm elections, including some tight races here in Kansas.

"The Kansas Governors race is one that surprised a lot of people," she says. "A lot of people, as you know, were not expecting this race as to be as hot as it is, but it's getting the attention of national political reporters just based on how close it is and the fact that it was unexpected."

Summers and three other national reporters will present their views at 7:30 Wednesday night at the Dole Institute of Politics on the KU campus.

The event, called "The Media and the Midterms," is free and open to the public.

J. Schafer is the News Director of Kansas Public Radio at the Univeristy of Kansas. He’s also the Managing Editor of the Kansas Public Radio Network, which provides news and information to other public radio stations in Kansas and Missouri. Before joining KPR in 1995, Schafer spent 10 years as a commercial radio and TV newsman. During his career, he's filed stories for nearly every major radio news network in the nation including ABC, NBC, CBS, AP, UPI, the Mutual Broadcasting System, NPR and the BBC. This seems to impress no one. At KPR, he produces feature stories, interviews and newscast items and edits the work of others. In the fall of 2000, he performed contract work for the U.S. State Department, traveling to central Asia to teach broadcast journalism at newly independent radio stations in the former Soviet Union. One of his passions is Kansas; learning about and promoting the state’s rich heritage, people and accomplishments. Schafer gives presentations about Kansas to various organizations around the state to remind residents about our awesome history and incredible people. A native of Great Bend, he studied journalism and mass communications at Barton County Community College and at the University of Kansas. He was also an exchange student to Villingen-Schwenningen, Germany. The “J.” in J. Schafer stands for Jeremy, but he doesn’t really care for that name. He also enjoys the pretentiousness of using just a single initial for a first name!