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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.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.
Chris Young is an Assistant Producer for KCUR’s Up To Date. Contact him at
Mackenzie Martin is a producer for KCUR's Up To Date, Real Humans By Gina Kaufmann and People's History of Kansas City. Reach out to her at or on Twitter @_macmartin.