Caitlin Hendel | KCUR

Caitlin Hendel

Director of Institutional Giving and Communication

A lifelong journalist, Caitlin is now telling stories of a different kind at KCUR by managing the station’s grant and external communications programs. She was born into a journalism family and grew up reading the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as well as The Kansas City Star. She graduated from the University of Kansas and immediately entered into a newspaper career that took her to Springfield, Missouri, Dallas and Kansas City.

After 10 years as an editor at The Kansas City Star, Caitlin moved with her family to the Washington D.C. area. There she worked for Bloomberg News and CQ-Roll Call, directing coverage of a wide range of subjects, including the U.S. economy, health care policy and agriculture.

In 2014, she was named publisher at National Catholic Reporter, based in Kansas City. She joined KCUR in August 2019.

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Nico Leone, KCUR’s general manager for more than seven years, will leave the station at the end of the year to take the helm of KERA in Dallas.

Since joining KCUR in 2012, Leone has led Kansas City’s NPR station through a period of exceptional growth in audience, staff size and recognition among the nation’s public media stations.

Under Leone’s leadership, the newsroom staff more than doubled, KCUR’s share of radio listening grew by 35% and the station’s digital audience grew more than 300%.

KCUR 89.3 has hired Traci Bauer to lead its news operations as the director of journalism. Bauer, who grew up in southwest Missouri, is a veteran journalist and newsroom leader with vast experience in digital transformation and strategy.