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KCUR 89.3, Kansas City’s public radio station, first broadcast in 1957. A charter member of NPR, KCUR holds itself to the highest journalistic standards in service to the citizens of Kansas, Missouri, the broader Midwest, and the nation. Content encompasses music and talk programs;  feature and breaking news reporting; a daily newsletter; podcasts; and numerous community events. The station also leads Harvest Public Media and the Kansas News Service, among other collaborations.  

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KCUR 89.3 has hired reporter Christopher Haxel as a member of the inaugural cohort of Audion Fellows, who will spend two years reporting on the role of guns in American life as part of a new national “Guns & America” reporting collaborative.

All 10 fellows will work in public media newsrooms across the country. 

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It’s perhaps easy to take KCUR for granted when it’s part of your morning. You may not even realize when exactly you hear the news or local coverage each morning, but this daily “clock” is carefully organized by NPR.

Every hour, NPR stipulates the timing of stories and interviews, newscasts, funding credits, and opportunities for local content.

Today (Monday, Aug. 13), the Morning Edition clock changes — slightly. The idea is to deliver an improved live and “in-the-moment” experience.

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KCUR health reporter Alex Smith has been awarded a week-long media fellowship at Harvard Medical School to support his reporting on the opioid crisis and pain management.

Smith will join a handful of other journalists in September to study the science and treatment of pain with top scientists and clinicians.

Andrea Tudhope / KCUR 89.3

KCUR was named "Radio Station of the Year" by the Kansas City Press Club's Heart of America Awards and took home nine Gold Awards for breaking news, investigative reporting and more. The station also received two first place awards from Public Radio News Directors Incorporated, or PRNDI. 

The Kansas City Press Club honors journalists from western Missouri and eastern Kansas each year. KCUR received nine Gold Awards, nine Silver Awards, three Bronze Awards and several honorable mentions. 

KCUR 89.3 won a National Murrow Award Tuesday for excellence in journalism. The Edward R. Murrow Awards are among the most prestigious in broadcast and digital news.

KCUR's Frank Morris won the award for Excellence in Writing for his story about the life and legacy of Robert Craig Knievel, also known as Evel Knievel.

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Every Friday during Morning Edition on KCUR 89.3, listeners get to hear intimate conversations between everyday people through StoryCorps — and soon Kansas Citians will get a chance to tell their own stories when the StoryCorps MobileBooth Airstream comes into town this summer.

At KCUR's RadioActive Friday, StoryCorps founder Dave Isay formally announced the MobileBooth tour stop.

Briana O'Higgins / KCUR 89.3

KCUR 89.3 won multiple first place awards and an honorable mention at the 2018 Missouri Broadcasters Association Awards over the weekend.

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KCUR has been awarded six regional Edward R. Murrow Awards this year, the most ever received by the station for its journalistic efforts. 

The station was also involved with two additional awards through collaborations with KBIA in Columbia, Missouri. The prestigious awards, announced Wednesday, come from the Radio Television Digital News Association, which has honored exceptional works of journalism since 1971. 

Lisa Rodriguez / KCUR 89.3

The future layout of Kansas City's planned streetcar extension from downtown to the University of Missouri-Kansas City is on a map, with proposed stops and alignment on Main Street revealed at a recent public hearing.

For the most part, the eight suggested streetcar stops mirror those in place for the MAX rapid-transit bus route now serving that stretch of Main, according to Tom Gerend, executive director of the Kansas City Streetcar Authority.

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Talking about race and culture is hard for a lot of Kansas Citians. It’s hard everywhere in the United States where people from different backgrounds share space and resources. But when we dig into stories about our identities and how they affect our families, our politics, arts and health – it’s hard not to recognize that race, culture and identity is a central force in our lives, and deserves special attention in our news coverage.

Kansas City artist Amado Espinoza entered NPR Music's 2017 Tiny Desk Contest. This year's submissions are due by March 25.
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NPR Music's Tiny Desk Contest is kind of a big deal. From Tank and the Bangas to Fantastic Negrito, thousands of artists and bands from across the world enter each year for a chance at a featured video behind NPR Music's hallowed desk.

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KCUR welcomed NPR National Correspondent Wade Goodwyn for his first visit to Kansas City earlier this week. He spoke at the annual Volunteer Appreciation Party, a Leadership Circle breakfast for major donors, and a cocktail party for KCUR underwriters and prospects. He also spent time with members of the KCUR newsroom.

Social media platforms are increasingly important for sharing information and getting news from around the world. But changes to Facebook's News Feed algorithm that are meant to emphasize family and friends' posts will make it harder to get the news you need from KCUR.

We know — that last sentence put you in a cold sweat. Don't panic, folks. There's an easy way to make sure KCUR's content makes it to your feed:

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After a long and torturous wait, a Kansas City woman finally saw her rapist sentenced to 15 years in prison in May 2015.

A woman we called “Juliette,” to protect her identity, had been the subject of a KCUR investigation in which we exposed a failure by Kansas City, Kansas, Police to follow up on a DNA match made six years before Juliette’s rapist was finally arrested.

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KCUR 89.3 is pleased to announce the addition of two new programs to its weekend lineup, and a group of program adjustments that we hope will provide listeners with more entertainment and information (and just perhaps, cause a mouth-watering trip to their local food purveyor).

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Every week on KCUR, listeners tune in to WNYC's Snap Judgment to hear "storytelling with a beat." And in just a few weeks, Kansas Citians will get a chance to feel the beat of the show live on stage.

On Thursday, Oct. 26, Snap Judgment host Glynn Washington will take the stage at the Folly Theater, bringing the best new talents in storytelling and backing band Bells Atlas to Kansas City. 

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Journalists: Here’s a rare opportunity.

Public radio is growing. NPR’s audience has steadily increased, and member stations such as KCUR 89.3 have added hundreds of new reporters in recent years. Last spring, a public opinion study found that NPR was the #1 news brand in the country, and the most loved and most trusted brand in news.

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Thanks to an infusion of national funding, the Kansas News Service — led by KCUR 89.3 — will expand its reporting network with public media stations across the state.

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting this week announced $502,327 in funding for public radio stations serving Kansas to collaborate on local news coverage and improve news-gathering efficiency. The grant is part of $3.3 million awarded nationally for the creation of five regional journalism operations.

Cody Newill / KCUR 89.3

Perhaps 1970s television character Peter Brady said it best: “When it’s time to change, you’ve got to rearrange.” (and cue ... earworm!)

KCUR’s reporters, producers have won a host of honors this year in local and national journalism awards, including a national Edward R. Murrow Award and two prestigious awards from the Public Radio News Directors Incorporated.

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KCUR health reporter Alex Smith has won a national Edward R. Murrow Award for a radio feature about a deaf man who regained his hearing through cochlear implants.

Celia Llopis-Jepsen Joins Kansas News Service Staff

May 23, 2017

Celia Llopis-Jepsen has joined the Kansas News Service in Topeka, and we’re really excited about it.

Celia comes to our newsroom after four-and-a-half years at the Topeka Capital-Journal. She brings in-depth experience covering schools and education policy in Kansas as well as news at the Statehouse. In the last year she has been diving into data reporting. At the Kansas News Service she will also be producing more radio, a medium she’s been yearning to return to since graduating from Columbia University with a master’s in journalism.  

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Have you ever hung out with a stranger without talking for two minutes straight? And I’m not talking “two minutes” that are actually just 30 seconds that felt longer. I’m talking standing or sitting straight-backed, with no words exchanged. Just staring deeply into a person’s eyes in total silence.

Well, here at KCUR, our reporters do that a lot.

Now why would we subject ourselves to this strange act day in and day out? Because, dear reader, “natural sound” is crucial to helping us make our audio work shine.

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How does President Donald Trump fit within the tradition of the presidency? Is his style beholden to his voters? And is his New York swagger and often controversial rhetoric — not to mention the Tweets — good for America?

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More than 100 literary nerds and public radio geeks packed recordBar Tuesday for reBOUND, an annual book exchange hosted by Generation Listen KC and the Young Friends of the Kansas City Public Library

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KCUR is hiring journalists this spring. These opportunities don’t come around very often, so we want to call your attention to our plans. 

KCUR Studios released today Midwesternish, a new podcast about the thinkers, doers and makers in the middle of the country.

Cody Newill / KCUR 89.3

We often hear and read about the need for diverse sources in the media, particularly when it comes to news. The question of who is given voice is critically important to understanding what informs our view of the world.

Along those lines, I wanted to understand which voices are given opportunity to share their perspective on the program I’m responsible for producing — KCUR’s Central Standard. So I started surveying our on-air guests in early January 2016.

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It’s clearly time for a civil national conversation about our country’s future in the wake of a divisive election. And public radio is the best place for this conversation.

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