Mike Sherry

Reporter, Heartland Health Monitor

Mike Sherry reports for the Heartland Health Monitor team, a reporting collaboration among KCUR Public Media, KCPT Public Television and KHI News Service. He is based at the Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT.

Mike spent the first chunk of his career as a journalistic nomad. He averaged one move a year in the nearly two decades between college and his homecoming in 2003 to work for The Kansas City Star. Journalism has taught him that truth is stranger than fiction. He once covered a story where deputies arrested a groom at his wedding reception for failing to pay child support from a previous marriage.

In his younger days, Mike rode his bike across Iowa and backpacked through Asia. Now, he enjoys spending time with his family.

4:17 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Missouri Lawmakers Approve Sales Tax Exemption For Farmers Markets

Vegetables and other products sold at farmer's markets in Missouri will be exempt from sales tax, after a bill veto was overridden by the House and Senate.
Credit Grant Gerlock / Harvest Public Media

Products sold at Missouri farmers markets will be exempt from sales taxes following a veto override by the Republican-led Legislature.

The bill was among a slew of last-minute tax-exemption measures that Gov. Jay Nixon, a Democrat, had vetoed earlier this year as fiscally irresponsible. Republicans said some merely clarified state policy and others helped the state remain economically competitive.

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4:30 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Early Signs Show Promise For Rainbow Mental Health Facility, Officials Say

Mattresses lined the walls of the sobering unit shortly after the Rainbow Mental Health Facility reopened in Kansas City, Kan., in April.
Credit Mike Sherry / The Hale Center for Journalism


A reconstituted mental health facility in Kansas City, Kan., has been a financial and therapeutic success in its first five months of operation, officials involved in the transition said Wednesday.

“It’s great news so far,” said Kari Bruffett, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS), “and I think it’s only going to get better.”

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10:22 am
Wed September 10, 2014

Fresh Food Tax Exemption On The Table For Missouri Lawmakers

Missouri lawmakers on Wednesday will attempt to override more than 30 bills vetoed by Gov. Jay Nixon over the summer.
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Missouri lawmakers might sweeten the pot for consumers who want to eat healthy and for the growers who provide the food.

Legislators return to Jefferson City today to reconsider nearly three dozen measures that Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed in this year’s regular session. The veto session could extend to Friday.

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9:38 am
Fri August 29, 2014

Physician Payment Data Puts Costly Eye Treatments Under The Microscope

Dr. Ajay Singh, a retina specialist at the University of Kansas Eye Clinic in Prairie Village, prepares to inject Phyllis Johnson of Topeka with a drug that treats a condition where abnormal blood vessels leak fluid or blood into the region of the macula, which is in the center of the retina.
Credit Todd Feeback / Hale Center for Journalism at KCPT

Spritzing perfume is how Judy Johnson realized her eyesight had gone bad.

At one point, diabetes had worsened her vision so much that the 69-year-old Lansing, Kan., resident had to squirt out a puff of her favorite scent just to find the opening in the mister.

“I looked at it this morning,” Johnson said Wednesday, “and I could see the hole.”

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9:34 am
Fri August 15, 2014

New Bus Route Addresses Health Needs Of KCK Residents

Credit Mike Sherry / The Hale Center for Journalism

It was nearly a decade ago that the Rosedale Development Association, a nonprofit community improvement corporation, identified lack of transportation as a significant barrier for neighborhood residents who wanted better access to medical care, grocery stores and other basic services.

The feedback came via a community-needs survey conducted by a volunteer working with the organization, said Erin Stryka, program manager of the association’s Rosedale Healthy Kids program.

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