People

  • 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 KBIA. He...

  • Arts 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...

  • Afternoon Newscaster, Reporter

    Lisa Rodriguez is KCUR's afternoon newscaster. 

    Born in Santiago, Chile, Lisa loves traveling and lived abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, before moving back to Kansas City in 2011 (she grew up in Overland Park.) She graduated with...

  • 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.

  • Reporter, Kansas News Service

    Meg Wingerter is a reporter for KCUR 89.3 and the Kansas News Service based in Topeka.

    Previously, she was a business reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal where she covered the state economy, agriculture and healthcare.

    ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Investigations Editor, Harvest Public Media

    Peggy Lowe is Harvest Public Media's investigations editor. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, and Latino USA.

    Before her return to the Midwest in 2011, she was a multimedia...

  • 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...

  • Announcer

    Ron was born in Brooklyn, New York and it’s been rumored that he came out of the womb with a radio to his ear – only because reception was better on the outside.

    He started his career in broadcasting not that much later – okay, well it...

  • Receptionist

    816-235-1551

  • Education Reporter

    Sam covers education for KCUR and is co-host of the political podcast Statehouse Blend. 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...

  • 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...

  • Host of Up to Date

    Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as political correspondent for The Kansas City Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He...

  • Digital Editor, Kansas News Service

    Susie Fagan is digital editor for KCUR 89.3 and the Kansas News Service based in Topeka.

    She previously was an editor for the Lawrence Journal-World, Sunflower Publishing and Meredith Corporation.

    A longtime Lawrence resident,...

  • 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...

  • Senior Producer / Reporter, Central Standard

    Sylvia Maria Gross is the senior producer of Central Standard, KCUR's daily talk/magazine show. Her stories have aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered,...

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