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  • Reporter and Editor, Kansas News Service

    Jim McLean is an editor and reporter for KCUR 89.3. He is the managing director of KCUR's Kansas News Service, a collaboration between KCUR and other public media stations across Kansas. 

    Jim was previously news director and Statehouse...

  • Membership Coordinator

    Kathleen Connaghan-Gross joined KCUR as the Membership Coordinator in January of 2012.

    Previously, Kathleen helped coordinate the Memory Walks of the Alzheimer’s Association of Southeastern Pennsylvania and the first national conference...

  • Morning Newscaster, Reporter

    Kyle Palmer is KCUR’s morning newscaster. He’s a former teacher, so getting up early is nothing for him. Before moving to the classroom, Kyle earned a Journalism degree from Mizzou and worked as a reporter for Columbia’s NPR affiliate KBIA. He...

  • Arts Reporter

    Laura Spencer caught the radio bug more than a decade ago when she was asked to read a newscast on the air on her first day volunteering for KOOP, the community radio station in Austin, Texas. 

    After moving home to Kansas City, she...

  • Community Reporter

    Laura Ziegler began her career at KCUR as a reporter more than 20 years ago. She became the news director in the mid 1980's and  in 1988,  went to National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. as a producer for Weekend Edition Saturday...

  • Afternoon Announcer

    When Laurie was a little kid in school, the only thing that got her in trouble was talking and giggling in class with her friends. Fast-forward to the present day... Imagine her joy, talking with her listener friends every day on KCUR 89.3 --...

  • Midday Announcer

    Linda grew up in Prairie Village and was drawn to a career in radio, after her dreams of becoming the next American Idol were dashed. While completing her Master's Degree in Communication Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Linda...

  • Afternoon Newscaster, Reporter

    Lisa was born in Santiago, Chile, and grew up in Overland Park, Kansas, before moving to Dallas, Texas, for school. After college, she spent time living in Buenos Aires, Argentina before returning to Kansas City in 2011. Lisa started at KCUR as...

  • Associate Producer, Up To Date

  • Associate Producer, Central Standard

    Mackenzie Martin came to KCUR after three years as reporter and Morning Edition host at WXPR Public Radio in Rhinelander, Wisconsin.

    Mackenzie's work has also been heard on NPR's Morning Edition, NPR's All Things...

  • Editor, Harvest Public Media

    Maria Carter grew up in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated from Reed College in Portland, Ore. with a degree in economics. After a year off, she returned to her home state to study journalism at the University of Missouri,...

  • Community Producer

    Matthew has been involved in media since 2003. While hosting a show on his college radio station, he quickly realized the influence, intimacy and joys of radio. After graduating from Kenyon College he had a brief stint as a short-order cook in...

  • Producer, Central Standard
  • Morning Announcer

    Michael started volunteering for the membership drives back in 1997 and has also helped at other KCUR events such as the Great Record Sale I and II, the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, and both live broadcasts of "A Prairie Home Companion" from...

  • Race, Identity, & Culture Reporter

    Michelle is a reporter covering race, culture and identity for KCUR and as part of Sharing America, collaborative reporting project with St. Louis, Missouri, Hartford, Connecticut, and Portland, Oregon.

    As a fourth-generation Kansas City...

  • Director of Marketing

    Mike Russo is a Kansas City native and longtime public radio patron. In his past life he was a full-time professor at The University of Missouri – Columbia as a Marketing and Video Production lecturer in their Communication Studies Department....

  • Receptionist

    816-235-1551

  • Kansas News Service Reporter

    Nomin is a reporter at the Kansas News Service covering criminal justice and social welfare.

    Prior to joining the news service, Nomin produced All Things Considered at WNYC in New York City and was a host, producer and reporter at KGOU...

  • Reporter

    Peggy Lowe is a veteran reporter who covers two national efforts for KCUR — hub reporter for Marketplace, public media’s national business show, and an investigative producer with APM Reports. Before her return to the Midwest in 2011, she was a...

  • Host of Night Tides

    The voice heard on KCUR on Sunday nights belongs to Renée Blanche, a native of Detroit, Michigan.  She stumbled into radio after ending her military career in El Paso, Texas. Her skills as a volunteer announcer were honed at community radio...

  • Director of Community Engagement

    Ron Jones returned to KCUR in September, 2013 as Director of Community Engagement.  He leads a team that will focus on the arts, entrepreneurship, neighborhoods and community diversity. Its goal is to coordinate community conversations about...

  • Underwriting Account Executive

    Ron was born in Brooklyn, New York and it’s been rumored that he came out of the womb with a radio to his ear – only because reception was better on the outside.

    He started his career in broadcasting not that much later – okay, well it...

  • Receptionist

    816-235-1551

  • Metro Reporter

    Sam grew up in Overland Park and was educated at the University of Kansas. After working in Philadelphia where he covered organized crime, politics and political corruption he moved on to TV news management jobs in Minneapolis and St. Louis....

  • Digital Editor, Kansas News Service

    Scott Canon is digital editor of the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, KMUW and High Plains Public Radio covering health, education and politics. Canon came to KCUR from a string of newspaper gigs, mostly...

  • Weekend Announcer

    Shawn is originally from Kansas City. Before joining KCUR as a part-time weekend announcer in 2006, he worked at KERA in Dallas and KNTU in Denton. Shawn teaches Digital Media Technology at Summit Technology Academy and works as a video...

  • Chief of Broadcast Operations

    After growing up on the east coast and spending his first professional years in classical music, Stephen moved to Kansas City in 1995 expecting to leave after a few years. (Clearly that didn't happen.) More than two decades and three kids later...

  • Host of Up to Date

    Steve got a call out of the blue one day from then-news director Frank Morris who asked if I would be interested in hosting a show. I said no...didn't think I had the time...then thought it over and changed my mind. So glad I did. Our focus of...

  • Announcer/Producer/Reporter

    Suzanne Hogan graduated from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico, with degrees in Political Science and Documentary Studies. Her interests include Latin American politics, immigration and storytelling in a variety of mediums including...

  • Storytelling Editor

    Sylvia Maria Gross manages creative projects at KCUR, including overseeing Central Standard, KCUR's daily talk/magazine show and the podcast Midwesternish. Her stories...

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