Democracy On Tap During COVID-19

What is the role of the media today? KMUW convened a Democracy on Tap conversation on the topic of journalism and democracy on March 16, 2021. Jenn White, host of the national program 1A, gets the conversation started in a recorded interview with host Sarah Jane Crespo. We're also joined by panelists:

  • Amy DeVault, Wichita Journalism Collaborative project manager, Wichita State University journalism instructor
  • Bonita Gooch, editor in chief of The Community Voice
  • Tom Shine, KMUW's director of news and public affairs
  • Chance Swaim, Wichita Eagle reporter​

On February 23, 2021, KMUW convened a digital community conversation on the COVID-19 vaccine in Kansas. We discuss Kansas’ rollout plan, who should get vaccinated, and answer viewers' vaccine-related questions. Our panelists are:

  • Adrienne Byrne, Sedgwick County Health Director
  • Sarah Lopez, Sedgwick County Commissioner
  • Kavya Natesan, Alliance for Multidisciplinary Research
  • Dr. Chloe Steinshouer, Pulmonologist

Here's the recorded conversation:

It's a new year and already one that is difficult to put into words. KMUW wants to help you take a moment and get some guidance from local experts on how to manage yourself and your goals in 2021. On Thursday, January 14, we brought together this expert panel to answer your questions:

December 15, 2020

The holiday season looks different this year, as the pandemic is keeping families and friends apart. We’re discussing how to cope with social isolation during COVID-19 with a panel of experts:

KMUW's Engage ICT: Digital Democracy on Tap and Kansas Leadership Center partnered to present One Small Step: Courageous Political Conversations on Tuesday, November 17.

This special collaboration with StoryCorps' One Small Step featured a conversation Dave Isay, the founder of StoryCorps, on the importance of coming together during a divisive time in our history. We also spoke with Wichita's One Small Step participants about how they felt bridging an ideological divide with a stranger.

Election Savvy | Democracy On Tap

Oct 27, 2020

Election Savvy | The who, what, where, when, and why of the upcoming elections.

  • Deborah Shaar, KMUW news reporter
  • Chris Green, Kansas Leadership Center's Journal managing editor
  • Kenya Cox, NAACP of Kansas executive director
  • Jim McLean, Kansas News Service reporter and editor

Watch it below.

Support for Engage ICT comes from Moeder & Associates.

The two candidates running for Kansas' U.S. Senate seat met for a debate Thursday night hosted by KMUW and KWCH Channel 12. Republican U.S. Rep. Roger Marshall and Democratic state Sen. Barbara Bollier were asked to share their positions on issues such as the government response to the pandemic; health care and the Affordable Care Act; taxes; and law enforcement.

The two candidates running for Kansas' 4th Congressional District seat met for a debate Tuesday night hosted by KMUW and KWCH Channel 12. Republican Rep. Ron Estes and Democratic candidate Laura Lombard were asked to share their positions on issues such as criminal justice reform, marijuana laws, and, of course, the federal government's response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact it has had on the economy.

KMUW's Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap convened digitally on Tuesday, August 11, to discuss misinformation and how to discern trustworthy sources. Here is the recorded conversation:

Our panelists:

  • Susan Page, Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today
  • LaRissa Lawrie, Fake news researcher and journalism PhD student at the University of Missouri
  • Amy DeVault, Wichita Journalism Collaborative project manager, Wichita State University journalism instructor
  • Angela Smith, Digital Content Manager at KWCH

KMUW's Engage ICT brought together local experts, including representatives from USD 259 and Wichita State University, to discuss the practices, policies and suggestions for returning to school safely this fall. 


  • Stephan Bisaha, Education reporter for KMUW and the Kansas News Service
  • Kimber Kasitz, Wichita Public Schools Director of Health Services
  • Dr. Richard Muma, Wichita State University Executive Vice President and Provost
  • Dr. Paul Teran, M.D., Pediatric Hospitalist
  • Dr. Alicia Thompson, Wichita Public Schools Superintendent