People

Health Reporter

Alex Smith began working in radio as an intern at the National Association of Farm Broadcasters. A few years and a couple of radio jobs later, he became the assistant producer of KCUR's magazine show, KC Currents. In January 2014 he became KCUR...

Social Media Producer
Account Executive

Annie is a Midwestern girl, born in Oklahoma and raised in Texas and Kansas. She attended the University of Kansas and graduated with a BA in English Literature and Language in 1998. Following graduation, Annie began her career in public radio...

Reporter
Program Director

Bill has been working in the radio industry for more than 25 years with a hiatus or two to pursue small business opportunities.  He's been with KCUR since 1995, serving in a number of on-air capacities, and he's currently the station's Program...

Host, Cyprus Avenue

Bill Shapiro is the creator and host of "Cyprus Avenue" which premiered on KCUR-FM in October of 1978. The weekly radio show has aired on over 50 stations in the United States. He is the author of "The CD Rock and Roll Library," 1988, and "The...

Host/Contributor

Brian Ellison is substitute host of Central Standard and Up To Date and has served in a variety of roles at KCUR...

Contributor, Up to Date

Brian McTavish follows popular culture in the belief that the search for significance can lead anywhere.  Brian explains, "I've written articles and reviews ... reviewed hundreds of concerts, films and plays. And the thing is, these high arts...

Digital Content Editor

A California native, Briana comes to KCUR by way of KMUW in Wichita, Kan. and KUSP in Santa Cruz, Calif.

She started working in public radio as an intern at WYSO in Yellow Springs, Ohio to fulfill a degree requirement while studying at...

Systems Administrator

Chris Prewitt joined KCUR in October of 2005 through a support agreement with UMKC Information Systems Department. Besides taking care of all of the computers and servers, Chris helps out on remote broadcasts, schedules underwriting and fills...

Producer, Central Standard
Intern, Central Standard
Host, The Fish Fry

In 1984, Chuck Haddix aka Chuck Haddock joined the staff of KCUR as a jazz producer. The next year, he began producing the Fish Fry.

He is also the director of the Marr Sound Archives, a collection of 350,000 historic sound recordings...

Managing Editor, Health

Dan joined KCUR in April 2014. In a long and varied journalism career, Dan has worked as a reporter for the Kansas City Business Journal, The Kansas City Star and Reuters. In a previous life, he was a lawyer. He has also worked as a media...

Underwriting Account Executive

I was born and raised in Northwest Missouri and attended college at the University of Missouri-Columbia where I obtained a bachelor's degree in Persuasive Speech Communications in 1994. Upon graduation, I married my high school sweetheart,...

Associate Producer, Announcer

Danette (Danie) Alexander first came to KCUR in 2007 as an intern for Up to Date after completing her B.A. in Communications at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. After her KCUR internship was completed, Danie continued to spend...

Director of Development

Danny Baker joined the KCUR team several years ago and brings more than 30 years of experience in leadership positions at educational and cultural organizations to his role.  He has been a long-time member and advocate for KCUR, and he holds...

Director of Membership

Deloris Colbert joined KCUR in January 2002.

Deloris currently oversees the fundraising operations of KCUR’s membership department.  This includes coordinating KCUR's on-air membership drives, producing direct mail and other fundraising...

Director of Content Strategy

Donna Vestal is the director of content strategy at KCUR and the supervising editor of Harvest Public Media. She came to the station in 2010 after nearly 18 years as a business editor for The Kansas City Star, where she directed small business,...

General Assignment Reporter

Elle joined KCUR in 2014 as a general assignment reporter. Most recently, she covered Indiana schools as an education reporter for NPR’s StateImpact project.

Previously, she reported for The Examiner in Independence, Mo., and KBIA-FM in...

National Correspondent and Senior Editor

Frank Morris has supervised the reporters in KCUR's newsroom since 1999. In addition to his managerial duties, Morris files regularly with National Public Radio. He’s covered everything from tornadoes to tax law for the network, in stories...

Host, Central Standard
Sports Reporter

Ever since he set foot on the baseball diamond at Fernwood Park on Chicago's South Side, Greg Echlin began a love affair with the world of sports.  After graduating from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, he worked as a TV sports...

Reporter

Jennifer works as a reporter, producer and student trainer for KSMU in Springfield, Mo. She grew up on a farm just outside West Plains, Mo., and now works for KSMU from her hometown.

Jennifer spent five years as a freelance journalist...

Announcer

Jenny began her radio career in 1994 as a news reporter for KSMU in Springfield, Mo. at Southwest Missouri State University. She moved to Kansas City in 1996 and worked as an intern for New Letters On the Air.

Jenny volunteered at KCUR...

Editor, Harvest Public Media

Jeremy Bernfeld is the editor of Harvest Public Media, based at KCUR. New to the Midwest, Jeremy joined Harvest as Multimedia Editor in 2011 from Boston where he helped build wbur.org, named the best news website in the country by the Radio...

Announcer

Jill began volunteering at KCUR when she moved to Kansas City in 1989. She became a receptionist at the station in 2002, adding Sunday morning announcing in ’03.

She gets a kick out of meeting guests as varied as George McGovern, Diana...

Digital Media Specialist

Julie Denesha is a freelance documentary photographer based in the Kansas City area.

Julie graduated from The University of Kansas in 1993, with degrees in Journalism and Russian Language and Literature. After college, she worked as...

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...

Promotion and Special Events Coordinator

Kevin Alexander is the promotions and special events coordinator at KCUR and also works with many of the station’s volunteers. He first came to the station as a work-study student in 1991 while pursuing a master’s degree at UMKC’s School of...

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