Democracy On Tap During COVID-19

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

On June 30, 2020, KMUW's Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap convened a digital conversation on the topic of ICT Policing.


  • Dr. Michael Birzer, Law Enforcement Training Center Professor, Racial Profiling Expert
  • Kenya M. Cox, President of NAACP Kansas State Conference
  • Davontae Harris, NFL cornerback for the Denver Broncos and Member of Mayor Whipple's Civil Rights Advisory Council
  • Chief Gordon Ramsay, Wichita Police Department Chief of Police

COVID-19 has impacted all aspects of social life, including how we vote. In partnership with the League of Women Voters, KMUW's Engage ICT brought together local experts on June 9, 2020, to discuss how the upcoming elections will continue amid the pandemic. The first part of the conversation focuses on voting during COVID-19, including the impacts on at-risk populations and disenfranchised voters. Part two highlights young voters. Here's the recorded conversation:


The stay-at-home order is being rolled back in Kansas, but the battle against COVID-19 continues. KMUW's Engage ICT convened a Digital Democracy on Tap on May 26, 2020, to address viewer questions and concerns. A panel of local experts discussed what it's like fight COVID-19 and what to expect as restrictions are loosened.


  • Michael Lowe, Medical Intensive Care Unit Manager
  • Dr. Rebecca Reddy, Pediatrician
  • Dr. Chloe Steinshouer, Pulmonologist

Here is the conversation:


KMUW's Engage ICT teamed up with 1A Across America to discuss the U.S. food supply chain. 1A's national correspondent Sasha-Ann Simons guest hosts this conversation. Our panelists are:

KMUW's Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap is convening digitally on Tuesday, May 5, for a follow up conversation about victory gardens. We're digging in even more with our panel of gardening experts. See what the panel is planting and get more of your gardening questions answered.

Here's the live video stream from KMUW's Facebook page:

KMUW's Engage ICT: Democracy on Tap is convening digitally on Tuesday, April 28, for a conversation about victory gardens. Our three panelists are answering questions about home gardening, to give you peace of mind—and food—during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Our expert panelists: