Maria Carter

Newscaster, Reporter

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, receiving her Master’s degree in 2004.

Maria started working at KCUR as an intern and was later hired as a general assignment reporter. She covers local politics and anything else happening in the Kansas City area. In 2006, she spent a month in northern Louisiana, lending a hand at the local public radio station and covering the thousands of evacuees temporarily in the area.

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KCUR News
6:16 am
Wed January 7, 2009

50 Jobs, 50 States, 50 Weeks

Kansas City, MO – Fewer employers are hiring and recent college graduates face stiff competition as more people are looking for jobs. Daniel Seddiqui (knows their plight well. He graduated from the University of Southern California but says he couldn't get hired because he didn't have experience. Now he's looking to change that. Seddiqui plans to work 50 jobs in 50 states over 50 weeks. This week he's in Kansas City and getting paid as a boilermaker.

Seddiqui is keeping a journal of his adventures online at

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KCUR News
10:18 am
Wed December 10, 2008

Missouri Hopes For Big Economic Stimulus Gift

Kansas City, MO – Missouri Transportation officials don't take a public stance on Santa Claus, but they're hoping an economic stimulus package being pushed by the President elect could be the next best thing.

RAHN: "Missouri has put together it's wish list and instead of sending it to the North Pole, we're sending it to Washington."

That's Missouri transportation director Pete Rahn. As KCUR's Maria Carter reports Missouri is hoping for an economic stimulus miracle after the holiday season.

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KCUR News
12:49 am
Fri December 5, 2008

Developers Withdraw Plans For KCK Casino

Kansas City, MO – A partnership involving Kansas Speedway and the Cordish company have pulled their bid to build a state-owned casino in Wyandotte county. Kansas Entertainment announced it was withdrawing it's application for the 705 million dollar casino and entertainment complex this morning, hours before a state deadline to finalize the project. Speedway spokeswoman Kelly Hale says group wanted to change the proposal by building the casino first and hotel and retail later.

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KCUR News
2:35 am
Mon October 13, 2008

Kansas City Hurt By Credit Crunch

Kansas City, MO – City and other local governments have been put in their own credit crunch by the crisis on Wall Street. They can't find anyone to buy their municipal bonds. That's how cities normally pay for everything from sewer upgrades to a new city hall. But the market has dried up, and Kansas City, for one, has put tens of millions of dollars of water projects on hold as it waits for the municipal bond market to shake out. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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KC Reacts to Wall Street
1:55 am
Mon September 29, 2008

Kansas City's Take on Wall Street

Kansas City, MO – Congress mulled over the proposed 700 billion dollar bailout this week. Here in Kansas City people were taking their own look at plan and how it would affect their pocketbooks. KCUR's Maria Carter first stopped at City Market to gather people's thoughts about the financial crisis.

It's just after daybreak here at city market and vendors have setup selling everything from peaches to peppers and other produce. Customers are just starting to trickle in but Roy McFarland says he's seen a change in how they shop.

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Government
12:58 am
Thu September 11, 2008

Council, Casino At Odds Over Smoking Ban Change

Ameristar executive Troy Stremming says it would be \"impossible to enforce\" a smoking ban in casino concourses.
Photo courtesy of Channel 2 - KCCG

Kansas City, MO – A Kansas City Council committee took testimony Wednesday on two proposed changes to no-smoking ordinance.

There was no opposition to allowing an exemption for the city's few cigar stores. But Troy Stremming of Ameristar Casino took exception to banning smoking in the concourses that lead to casino gaming rooms. Smoking is allowed there under a section of the lengthy smoking ban voters passed. So Stremming contends that voters intended to allow smoking in the concourses.

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Government
11:47 pm
Sun August 3, 2008

Getting Out The Geek Vote

Part of the web comic from Sean Tevis' website www.seantevis.com/3000

Rarely, does a race for the Kansas legislature generate much interest outside that district's boundaries, but that's just what's happening this year, all due to an online comic strip. A campaign in the Kansas City suburb of Olathe is drawing attention and money from around the globe. Maria Carter of member station KCUR reports.

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Government
9:56 am
Wed July 30, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Interview With Johnson County DA Candidate Steve Howe

Kansas City, MO – Steve Howe worked for 15 years in the Johnson County District Attorneys office as a prosecutor. Now, Howe is running against Phill Kline in the Republican primary for the top job in the office.

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Government
9:55 am
Wed July 30, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Interview With Johnson County DA Candidate Phill Kline

(courtesty of Johnson County District Attorney's office)>

Kansas City, MO – Phill Kline is currently the Johnson County District Attorney and formerly Kansas Attorney General. He's running to keep his job against Steve Howe in the Republican Primary.

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Government
9:51 am
Wed July 30, 2008

WEB EXTRA: Interview With Johnson County DA Candidate Steve Howe

Kansas City, MO – Steve Howe worked for 15 years in the Johnson County District Attorneys office as a prosecutor. Now, Howe is running against Phill Kline in the Republican primary for the top job in the office.

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Government
4:18 am
Mon June 30, 2008

Obama Defends Patriotism and Dissent in Independence

Independence, MO – Hundreds of people turned out to see Democratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama Monday morning in Independence. KCUR's Maria Carter was there.

Senator Obama has been plagued by detractors who've questioned his commitment to the country, but Obama fired back today with a 30 minute speech outlining his views on patriotism.

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Headlines
2:03 am
Thu April 3, 2008

Bus Tax Draws Critics and Supporters

Kansas City, MO – Kansas City voters are being asked to extend a 3/8th cent sales tax for the bus system. The current tax brings in some 23 million dollars a year and will expire in March of next year. Supporters say the 15
year extension is crucial to keeping the bus system running, but some critics say transit officials need to come up with a combined light rail and bus plan to take to voters. KCUR's Maria Carter reports.

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People
12:20 am
Mon August 21, 2006

Excerpts from Black Archives Hearings

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