People

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...

Fill-in Announcer

Kim Noble put down roots in Kansas City in 1988 after a few decades of globe hopping and calling Plymouth, England home. With a rich background in theatre, the transition to radio was easy ... she has "never met a microphone without falling in...

Reporter

Laura Spencer caught the radio bug more than a decade ago when she was asked to read a newscast on the air on her first day volunteering for KOOP, the community radio station in Austin, Texas. 

After moving home to Kansas City, she...

Special Correspondent

Laura Ziegler began her career at KCUR as a reporter more than 20 years ago. She became the news director in the mid 1980's and  in 1988,  went to National Public Radio in Washington, D.C. as a producer for Weekend Edition Saturday...

Afternoon Announcer

Laurie Arbore became KCUR’s Afternoon Announcer in late 2013 and loves working at her favorite radio station! Prior to joining our full-time air-staff, she worked for KCUR as a part-time announcer and producer of “Cyprus Avenue.” 

Known...

Midday Announcer

Linda Sher became the Afternoon Drive Announcer on KCUR-89.3 FM radio in 2000, after completion of a Master of Arts degree in Communication Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.  With a background in music and theater, a Bachelor...

Newscaster, News Director

Maria Carter grew up in a small town in the Missouri Ozarks. She graduated from Reed College in Portland, Ore. with a degree in economics. After a year off, she returned to her home state to study journalism at the University of Missouri,...

Central Standard Producer

Matthew has been involved in media since 2003. While hosting a show on his college radio station, he quickly realized the influence, intimacy and joys of radio. Rising up through the ranks, he became co-station manager of WKCO in 2006.

Morning Announcer

Michael started volunteering for the membership drives back in 1997 and has also helped at other KCUR events such as the Great Record Sale I and II, the Ethnic Enrichment Festival, and both live broadcasts of "A Prairie Home Companion" from...

Reporter, Heartland Health Monitor

Mike Sherry is a reporter for the Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT television, 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.,...

Receptionist

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General Manager

Nico Leone took the helm as KCUR's General Manager in August 2012.

Before that, Nico was at KDHX in St. Louis since January of 2004. Within several years there, he was promoted to Co-Executive Director. He oversaw the public-facing...

Harvest Network Analyst

Peggy Lowe joined Harvest Public Media in 2011, returning to the Midwest after 22 years as a journalist in Denver and Southern California. Most recently she was at The Orange County Register, where she was a multimedia producer...

Host of Night Tides

The voice heard on KCUR on Sunday nights belongs to Renée Blanche, a native of Detroit, Michigan.  She stumbled into radio after ending her military career in El Paso, Texas. Her skills as a volunteer announcer were honed at community radio...

Director of Community Engagement

Ron Jones returned to KCUR in September, 2013 as Director of Community Engagement.  He leads a team that will focus on the arts, entrepreneurship, neighborhoods and community diversity. Its goal is to coordinate community conversations about...

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Education Reporter

Sam covers education for KCUR. Before joining the station in August 2014 he covered health and education for KCPT.

Sam began his career at KANU in Lawrence. He hosted Morning Edition at WHYY in Philadelphia where he also covered...

Weekend Announcer

Shawn Harrel teaches music and digital media in the Lee's Summit School district. A Kansas City native, Shawn returned to his hometown after completing his master of music in jazz arranging and composition at the University of North Texas –...

Chief of Broadcast Operations / Senior Producer of Up to Date

After working in the arts for ten years, including positions with the UMKC Conservatory of Music & Dance, the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, the Jerusalem Symphony in Israel, the Albany Symphony in New York, and the...

News Reporter

Afternoon reporter Steve Bell brings more than 40 years of news experience to the KCUR newsroom. Fifteen of those years he served as a news or program director. His first newscast was at KANU in 1958. He has hosted news and talk programs on...

Host of Up to Date

Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from...

Arts Reporter

Since 1998, Steve Walker has contributed stories and interviews about theater, visual arts, and music as an arts reporter at KCUR. He's also one Up to Date's regular trio of critics who discuss the latest in art, independent and...

Host of KC Currents

A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Susan admits that her “first love” was radio, being an avid listener since childhood.  However, she spent much of her career in mental health, healthcare administration, and sports psychology (Susan holds a...

Announcer/Producer/Reporter

Suzanne Hogan graduated from the College of Santa Fe in New Mexico, with degrees in Political Science and Documentary Studies. Her interests include Latin American politics, immigration and storytelling in a variety of mediums including...

Reporter, Producer & Co-Host of KC Currents

Sylvia Maria Gross co-hosts and produces KC Currents, an award-winning weekly news magazine that covers news and culture in Kansas City’s diverse communities. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered,...

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