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Reporter, Heartland Health Monitor

Alex Smith reports for the Heartland Health Monitor team, a reporting collaboration among KCUR Public Media, KCPT Public Television, Kansas Public Radio and KHI News Service. He is based at KCUR in Kansas City.

Alex Smith began working...

Social Media Producer
Reporter, Heartland Health Monitor

Andy Marso reports for the Heartland Health Monitor team, a reporting collaboration among KCUR Public Media, KCPT Public Television, Kansas Public Radio and KHI News Service. He is based at KHI News Service in Topeka.

Marso previously...

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...

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...

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...

Arts Reporter

C.J. arrived at KCUR in August 2014. She spent many years as an alt-weekly journalist in Kansas City, including a decade as editor of The Pitch, whose writers won local, regional and national awards and were published in several Best American...

Digital Producer

Born and raised in Independence, Mo., Cody is passionate about the Kansas City metro and its culture. A graduate of the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Cody has contributed to arts and culture publications such as The Bohemian Zine and...

Managing Editor, Heartland Health Monitor

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...

Reporter, Heartland Health Monitor

Dave Ranney reports for the Heartland Health Monitor team, a reporting collaboration among KCUR Public Media, KCPT Public Television, Kansas Public Radio and KHI News Service. He is based at the KHI News Service in Topeka.

Ranney...

Director of Membership

Deloris Phelps 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...

Freelance Reporter

Esther Honig is a freelance human interest journalist based out of Kansas City, Missouri. 

Born in San Francisco she is a graduate of Mills College for Women in Oakland, California and holds a B.A. in Spanish, Latin American Studies with...

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

Gina’s background combines print and broadcast journalism, live event hosting and production, creative nonfiction writing and involvement in the arts. Early in her career, she followed a cultural beat for The Pitch, where she served as...

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...

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...

Reporter and Editor, Heartland Health Monitor

McLean oversees the KHI News Service, an editorially independent reporting program of the Kansas Health Institute. Before joining KHI, McLean was news director and Statehouse bureau chief for Kansas Public Radio and a managing editor for the...

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...

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