Steve Bell

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 five Kansas city AM-FM stations and two commercial TV stations and was for many years the the signature voice of KCPT-19. Since joining KCUR in 2001, Steve has won two  first place awards from Public Radio News Directors International -- for best newscast and best feature reporting.  He has also received a number of awards from the Missouri Broadcasters Association and the Kansas City Society of Professional Journalists.  Steve  has a Ph.D. in psychology and dabbles in guitar and banjo playing.

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Government
1:08 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Council Joins Quest For GOP Convention

Credit City of KC, RNC, Steve Bell

Kansas City, Mo. made it official Thursday, the city is going after the 2016 Republican National Convention.

The city council resolved to support the efforts of an independent group that began working to land the convention more than five months ago.

Mayor Pro-tem Cindy Circo told the council the idea is not far-fetched.

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Government
11:38 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Bullying Ordinance Puts Onus On Parents

A city council committee has endorsed an ordinance that would outlaw bullying throughout Kansas City, Missouri. As with the city's youth curfew, the onus falls on parents.

The 14 school districts in the city already have policies to protect students from being bullied, as is required by Missouri law.

The problem, says Councilman Scott Taylor, is that school districts' anti-bullying policies are only enforceable on school property. And bullying is not confined to school grounds, especially in the age of the Internet, where online humiliations have even led to suicides.

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Headlines
1:50 am
Sat July 27, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

An emotional George Brett announces he will end his tenure as interim hitting coach
Credit Kansas City Royals

George Brett went back to the front office. Governor Brownback called a special legislative session. And President Obama came Warrensburg. Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

President pitches his priorities in Warrensburg

President Obama, promoting affordable education as a major part of his economy agenda, made the second stop of a barnstorming tour in Warrensburg, Mo.

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Sports
10:03 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Brett Leaves Dug Out For Front Office

Kansas City Royals legend George Brett is returning to the front office after almost two months as temporary hitting coach for the team. At a news conference Thursday, Brett was emotional when he said it wasn’t easy to leave the dug out once again.

The team is on the verge of traveling to three different cities on their current road trip, and Brett says traveling is rough on him.

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Government
1:51 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Council Votes To Restrict Investments In Firearm Companies

The Kansas City city council is asking city pension fund boards not to invest in companies that manufacture guns – and will request that the Board of Police Commissioners consider the same policy for police retirement funds.

Mayor Sly James told the council that the goal is discussions with firearms companies on letting cities with gun violence problems enact more restrictive gun control laws within their jurisdictions.

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Government
3:38 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Sen. Blunt, Roberts 'Disappointed' With President's Speech

President Obama's Warrensburg speech drew unified and quick disapproval from Republican officials. In one case, the critique came before the president spoke.

The White House was very open in advance about the fact that the president would be urging acceptance of his existing priorities, including investment in education, infrastructure and health care.

Missouri Senator Roy Blunt took advantage of the pre-release information to make a speech of his own on the Senate floor before Air Force One had touched down in his state.

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Headlines
7:05 am
Sat July 20, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

The emerald ash borer reared its greenish head in Johnson County. And finally, city officials had a citizen satisfaction survey they could smile about. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

KC citizen satisfaction scored best in years

Citizen satisfaction scores improved across the board in the latest survey conducted by Kansas City, Missouri. The city was rated as a good or excellent place to work by 75 percent of respondents.

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Government
1:14 am
Fri July 19, 2013

Council Votes On Traffic Lights, Chickens, Animal Abuse

Traffic lights, animal cruelty and backyard chickens highlighted Thursday's Kansas City, Mo. city council meeting.

City yields on traffic signals

Half of the Kansas City traffic signals that were turned off late last year will be turned back on, as the city yielded to neighborhood pressure.

Thirty seven traffic lights were turned off in the first wave of phasing out signals at intersections where federal standards say are no longer needed. The lights were also old and in need of replacement at a cost in the hundreds of thousands of dollars each.

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Headlines
7:03 am
Sat July 13, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Kansas became eligible for federal arts matching funds again. And hundreds of area residents showed up for a forum on whether to replace the 3-terminal system at KCI. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

Airport forum draws big turnout

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Government
9:47 am
Fri July 12, 2013

KC Council Will Wait On Traffic Lights

A city council committee set a hot button issue aside to cool for another week. The debate is over the city turning off 37 traffic lights in east-central Kansas City which by federal standards are no longer needed.

Traffic light changes stopped for one week

Some area residents did not agree with the city manager that four-way stop signs would be safer at intersections that were near schools. And a resolution to turn 23 of the 37 back on was introduced.

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Headlines
1:01 am
Sat July 6, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Police said a Kansas City gunshot detection system is reducing crime. And the veto of a Missouri “states' rights” gun bill appeared to be headed for an override vote. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

MO Democratic governor vetoes gun bill, GOP threatens override

The Republican-controlled Missouri legislature's most controversial piece of gun rights legislation fell to Governor Nixon's veto Friday.

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Headlines
8:19 pm
Fri June 28, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Missouri's governor held back $400 million in spending. A Kansas judge blocked parts of a new abortion law. And the Sprint-Softbank-Clearwire triangle ended with a betrothal. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Sprint shareholders accept Softbank bid

It had gone on for week: two rival suitors for majority ownership of Sprint Nextel. Finally, this week, Sprint shareholders voted to take Japanese company Softbank's $21.6 billion offer for 78 percent of the company.

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Government
2:33 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Council Committees Accept Development Deals

Kansas City, Missouri wins the latest round in the economic “border wars.” by regaining a company that started on the Missouri side, but moved to Leawood.

A. B. May Company will be moving its headquarters to a former “big box” retail building at 50th and I-435 in Eastern Kansas City. The Economic Development Committee endorsed property tax abatement to offset May's payments on the $12 million in bonds the city will issue.

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Headlines
7:18 pm
Fri June 21, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Regents approved Kansas tuition increases. And Kansas City ended up in the middle of the debate over privacy and national security. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

FBI says Kansas City man was involved in NYSE bombing plot

A top FBI official told a Capitol Hill hearing that Kahlid Ouazzani, who lived in ther Kansas City area and admitted sending money to AlQueda, had been part of a terrorist plot to bomb Wall Street.

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Food & Drink
12:33 am
Fri June 21, 2013

Council Hopes For Micro-Brewery Boom

A proposed new micro-brewery for Waldo has led to an ordinance that some council members hope will encourage a growing industry composed of small businesses.

The ordinance passed Thursday was created to allow a micro-brewery near 79th and Wornall – an area already maxed out for licenses to serve alcohol.

The new ordinance exempts facilities that produce alcoholic beverages from those density rules if they meet the proper standards and sell only alcoholic beverages they manufacture at that location.

Sales could be both package and by the drink.

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Government
2:58 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Audit: 'Session Contract Cost Legitimate MBE Companies Millions'

A city audit of the repurposing of the old Richards Gebaur air force base concludes that a company owned by a Port Authority attorney should never have been certified as a qualified minority contractor.

The audit also concludes that the 2007 certification of William Session's TWS Technical Services kept legitimate minority contractors from bidding on more than $10 million worth of work.

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Education
8:28 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Former Governor Holden Visits Kansas City On 'A Labor Of Love'

Former Missouri Governor Bob Holden was in Kansas City over the weekend on what he called “a labor of love."

Holden was in town to greet the first group of Chinese students who will participate in Missouri Boys State and Girls State this year. In total, there'll be 37.

The annual summer sessions give young people an opportunity to learn about American government and actually run a simulated state government.

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Headlines
7:05 am
Sat June 15, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled that kids can transfer out of unaccredited school districts. And Governor Sam Brownback welcomed more Kansas income tax cuts. Those are two of the top stories on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

Brownback signs tax cut bill in Overland Park

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Government
12:40 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Council Committee Studies Bus Funding, Role Of ATA Board

Credit KCATA

A city council committee continues to delve into how to finance the Area Transit Authority yesterday.

Most of this week's ATA funding committee meeting was spent speculating on the size of the funding shortfall as a streetcar system and other expenses bite into transit tax revenues that may or may not increase.

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Headlines
8:05 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

 

Missouri's governor vetoed a bill raising sales taxes and lowering income tax rates. And the Kansas Legislature ignored the governor's entreaties not to cut higher education spending. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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Headlines
6:46 am
Mon June 3, 2013

Top Of The Morning News: June 3, 2013

Kansas Legislature passes budget; KU unsure what state budget cuts will mean for the university; Smithsonian to create exhibit around farm themes.

Kansas Legislature Passes Budget In Final Hours Of Session

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Headlines
12:29 am
Sat June 1, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

 

George Brett was back down in the dugout – as a coach. And the Kansas Legislature extended its session into June for the first time since 1861. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Stalemate continues in Kansas GOP, legislature approaches 100th day

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Government
1:23 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Council Funds Phase II Streetcar Study

Credit HDR, City of Kansas City

A court challenge to phase one of the Kansas City's streetcar plan didn't slow the train yesterday as the city council approved a contract for a study of phase two.  

The study compare seven different possible routes.  Transit chair Russ Johnson says the nearly $1,900,000 price tag is a bargain for such a thorough study.  Johnson joked, "It's not the 'Happy Meal'.  It's 4 or 5 'Quarter Pounders'," which prompted chuckles from his colleagues.

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Headlines
7:05 am
Sat May 25, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Red-light traffic cameras got a contract renewal. And even a single-party's super-majority didn't produce agreement on a tax plan for Kansas. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
2:43 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Council Extends Red Light Cameras, Delays Ethics Code Vote

The full Kansas City city council followed through on plans to extend the red-light camera program for another five years Thursday, but a vote on a new city ethics code will wait till next week.

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Government
1:14 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Council Poised To Keep Red Light Cams 5 More Years

The Kansas City city council is set to vote on extending the red-light camera program for another 5 years. And though public opinion on the cameras is divided, a council committee had no doubts.

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Headlines
7:05 am
Sat May 18, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Kansas lawmakers couldn't end their session because they can't agree on a budget ant taxes. And Missouri legislators ended theirs without a plan for fixing roads and bridges. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

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Government
12:47 am
Thu May 16, 2013

City Ethics Update Advances

Ethics bills continue to stumble in the state capitols, but Kansas City, Missouri's ethics code is about to get an update.

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Headlines
12:38 am
Sat May 11, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Lana Bailey: missing, presumed dead

Two convicts holed up in the Northland. And volunteers searched for but did not find a missing toddler whose mother was murdered. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

 

Charges Filed In Ottawa Murders; Toddler Believed Dead

There were deep concerns about 18-month-old Lana Bailey from the time the bodies of her mother and two men were on a farm near Ottawa Tuesday.

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Government
9:34 am
Thu May 9, 2013

Clinton Receives Truman Award

http://www.trumanaward.org/

Former president Bill Clinton was in Kansas City to receive the 2013 Harry S. Truman Good Neighbor Award, which is presented every year on President Truman's birthday.

Clinton told the 1,000 persons attending the luncheon that the award was a fitting reminder of a president who was an active force in creating the United Nations and the Marshall Plan.

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