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Here To Listen: Liberty, Missouri

A visit to the town of Liberty, Missouri and its outlying areas to hear about a growing Mormon community, a legendary teacher in the city’s formerly segregated schools and William Jewell College’s evolving role in the town.


  • President Jeremiah Morgan, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Elder George Peterson, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
  • Rudi, Lori, Ethan and Ashton Garcia
  • Dr. Cecelia Robinson, professor emeritus, William Jewell College
  • Shelton Ponder, playwright
  • Dr. J. Anthony Snorgrass, The Center for Digital Advocacy, Avila Universiy
  • Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, president, William Jewell College
I partner with communities to uncover the ignored or misrepresented stories by listening and letting communities help identify and shape a narrative. My work brings new voices, sounds, and an authentic sense of place to our coverage of the Kansas City region. My goal is to tell stories on the radio, online, on social media and through face to face conversations that enhance civic dialogue and provide solutions.
Ron Jones returned to KCUR in September, 2013 as Director of Community Engagement. He is now the program director. You can reach him at ron@kcur.org.