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S3 Episode 5: Slai Hung, Garden City

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Corinne Boyer
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Kansas News Service
A view of Garden City and its grain elevator.

One western Kansas resident's recovery from COVID-19 was made worse by an unpleasant health care experience.

Slai Hung plays a critical role in the Garden City ecosystem, especially during a pandemic. He delivers pizza.

But he had to stop for a few weeks, because he came down with the coronavirus. He describes for the Kansas News Service an interaction with a doctor that was like no other he's had since arriving in the United States 10 years ago from Myanmar.

Hung has cleared the virus, but not some of the lingering effects on his body and his social life.

Corinne Boyer is a reporter for the at High Plains Public Radio in Garden City, Kansas. Following graduation, Corinne moved to New York City where she interned for a few record labels, worked as a restaurant hostess and for a magazine publisher. She then moved to Yongin, South Korea where she taught English and traveled to Taiwan, Thailand, Belgium and South Africa. Corinne loved meeting new people and hearing their stories. Her travels and experiences inspired her to attend graduate school. In 2015, she graduated with a Master of Science in journalism degree from the University of Oregon. She gained her first newsroom experience at KLCC—Eugene’s NPR affiliate. In 2017, she earned the Tom Parker Award for Media Excellence for a feature story she wrote about the opioid epidemic in Oregon. That year, she was also named an Emerging Journalist Fellow by the Journalism and Women Symposium.
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.