People

  • Reporter, Heartland Health Monitor

    Alex Smith is a health reporter for KCUR, a  partner in the Heartland Health Monitor team. HHM is a reporting collaboration among KCUR, KHI News Service in Topeka, Kan., KCPT television in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence,...

  • Kansas Elections Editor
  • 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 co-host of the podcast

  • Digital Director

    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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Digital Editor

    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...

  • Editor, Heartland Health Monitor

    Dan Margolies is editor of Heartland Health Monitor, a reporting collaboration among KCUR, KHI News Service in Topeka, KCPT television in Kansas City, Mo., and Kansas Public Radio in Lawrence, Kan. Dan joined KCUR in April 2014. In a long and...

  • 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 began my future in public radio at KBIA...

  • Producer, Up To Date

    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, Danie continued as a volunteer,...

  • 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 Philanthropic Giving

    Prior to joining the KCUR staff in October 2014, David was an active KCUR volunteer for about ten years. He loves asking listeners to become members during membership drives. In 2010, he was named KCUR Volunteer of the Year.

    Combining...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Announcer

    Genevieve is an announcer at KCUR 89.3.

  • 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...

  • Announcer/Contributor

    Hannah is an announcer and contributor to KCUR’s arts desk.

    She graduated from the University of Missouri-Kansas City degrees in Business Entrepreneurship and Communication Studies.

    Hannah got her start at KCUR through internships...

  • Manager, Business & Fiscal Operations
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Morning Newscaster, Reporter

    Kyle Palmer is KCUR’s morning newscaster. He’s a former teacher, so getting up early is nothing for him. Before moving to the classroom, Kyle earned a Journalism degree from Mizzou and worked as a reporter for Columbia’s NPR affiliate...

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