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The Kansas News Service

We’re the Kansas News Service, a collaboration of public media newsrooms delivering critical reporting of sound and substance. Our work is broadcast every day to virtually all of Kansas, and shared online and in newspapers in every corner of the state.

The Kansas News Service deploys journalists across the state to cover stories that truly matter in people’s lives. We work to make sense of the issues and events affecting the health and well-being of Kansans, their communities, and the state overall — with an emphasis on education, health and the gears of government.

The news service team is anchored in Topeka, but reporters also work from Wichita and Garden City. They travel wherever a story takes them.

The Kansas News Service gathers and produces stories in the same way, and to the same standards, as the biggest news organizations around. But as a nonprofit, we’re free from commercial pressures — demands for web clicks, for instance — that can pull other journalists away from important stories.

The Kansas News Service is directed by KCUR 89.3 in Kansas City, in partnership with KMUW in Wichita, Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence and High Plains Public Radio in Garden City. Other public and commercial stations carry our work. There’s virtually no spot in Kansas that can’t pull in a signal from a station with the rich content of the news service.

I'm inspired to write about how we can all live healthier, happier lives. That means stories about preventive care and societal changes that can beat back disease and chronic conditions so we make fewer trips to the doctor in the first place. And when people do have to go to the doctor, I want to give them tools to find and afford the right care. I’m also interested in what it’s like for employers trying to build high-quality health plans that don't break the bank. Email me at celia@kcur.org.
David Condos is the Kansas News Service’s western Kansas correspondent with High Plains Public Radio. Based in Hays, he covers issues that shape rural communities across the Great Plains, from agriculture to health care to immigration. The stories he’s reported from western Kansas have aired nationally on NPR’s All Things Considered and Here & Now and have been published in newspapers nationwide. Prior to joining KNS, Condos spent four years as a freelance producer, reporter and host in Nashville, Tennessee, where he worked with WPLN and a variety of local and national podcasts.
Suzanne Perez
Suzanne Perez
Suzanne Perez is a longtime journalist covering education across Kansas. She joined the Kansas News Service staff in 2021, after more than 30 years as a reporter, columnist and editor for The Wichita Eagle. Suzanne strives to tell stories about what’s happening in Kansas classrooms, and also how local or state policy decisions affect students, families and taxpayers. She grew up in North Carolina and has a degree in English from N.C. State University.
As a Kansas political reporter, I want to inform our audience about statewide government and elected officials so they can make educated decisions at the ballot box. Sometimes that means I follow developments in the Legislature and explain how lawmakers alter laws and services of the state government. Other times, it means questioning those lawmakers and candidates for office about those changes and what they plan for the future of the state. And most importantly, it includes making sure the voices of everyday Kansans are heard.
Jim McLean has covered Kansas politics and government for more than 40 years. He began his career at a radio station in his hometown of Parsons, Kansas, before moving to Topeka in 1982 to cover the Statehouse for Kansas Public Radio. In the 1990s, he led the government reporting team at the Topeka Capital-Journal. Later, as vice president for public affairs at the Kansas Health Institute, Jim started a news service that provided in-depth coverage of health policy issues. That operation moved to KCUR in 2017 where it became the Kansas News Service.
As a criminal justice and social service reporter, it's my job to ensure the systems designed to help people are working as intended. Thousands of Kansans deal with the criminal justice or foster care systems each day. I strive to hold all agencies and departments accountable for the work they are doing. blaise@kcur.org.
As the Kansas News Service news editor, I help our statewide team of reporters find the important issues and breaking news that impact people statewide. We refine our daily stories to illustrate the issues and events that affect the health, well-being and economic stability of the people of Kansas. Email me at skoranda@kcur.org.
As the editor of a statewide news outlet, I aspire to work with our reporters to give Kansans a clear-eyed view of the place they call home. That means delivering hard-hitting stories that expose those things that keep Kansas from being the most vibrant, healthy place it can be. You can reach me at scott@kcur.org or 816-235-8023.
Grace Lotz is a digital producer for KCUR and the Kansas News Service. You can reach her at grace@kcur.org.