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KCUR & The Star Collaborate | Remembering Ryan Stokes | Urban Debate League

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Traci Bauer, director of journalism at KCUR, and Mike Fannin, president and editor at The Star, said their teams will collaborate on coverage about pandemic recovery.

KCUR is beginning a new collaboration with the Kansas City Star, a conversation with the mother of Ryan Stokes who was killed by a Kansas City police officer, and what Kansas City's urban debate league is teaching students.

Segment 1, beginning at 4:44: Kansas City news leaders team up to chronicle COVID-19 recovery.

KCUR and The Star have joined forces to cover Kansas City's recovery from the coronavirus as part of a new series, The Next Normal. The first two installments focused on the economic impacts of the pandemic on Kansas City and Overland Park.

Segment 2, beginning at 17:52: A mother remembers the life of her son, killed by a Kansas City police officer.

One of the names that came up at recent Black Lives Matter protests in Kansas City was Ryan Stokes, an unarmed black man who was killed by a Kansas City Police officer in 2013. Police chased him into a parking lot after a drunk white man falsely accused Stokes of stealing his phone.

  • Narene Stokes, mother of Ryan Stokes

Segment 3, beginning at 39:23: DEBATE-Kansas City continues its legacy of high-achieving youth debate.

Kansas City's urban debate league recently finished its 2020 season. At a time when our country appears to be more divided than ever, DEBATE-Kansas City teaches students how to talk about complicated issues with people who don't agree with them.

When I host Up To Date each morning at 9 a.m., my aim is to engage the community in conversations about the Kansas City area’s challenges, hopes and opportunities. I try to ask the questions that listeners want answered about the day’s most pressing issues and provide a place for residents to engage directly with newsmakers. My email is steve@kcur.org.
As senior producer of Up To Date, I want our listeners to hear familiar and new voices that shine light on the issues and challenges facing the myriad communities KCUR serves, and to expose our audiences to the wonderful and the creative in the Kansas City area. Just as important to me is an obligation to mentor the next generation of producers to ensure that the important conversations continue. Reach me at alexanderdk@kcur.org.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at chrisy@kcur.org.
Whether it’s something happening right now or something that happened 100 years ago, some stories don’t fit in the short few minutes of a newscast. As a podcast producer at KCUR, I help investigate questions and local curiosities in a way that brings listeners along for adventures with plot twists and thought-provoking ideas. Sometimes there isn’t an easy answer in the end – but my hope is that we all leave with a greater understanding of the city we live in. Reach me at mackenzie@kcur.org or find me on Twitter @_macmartin.