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.

Pages

Headlines
7:05 am
Sat February 2, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

One of the week's top stories was the death of Kansas City philanthropist Adele Hall, pictured here on the right with her husband Donald, at the age of 81.
Courtesy of Hallmark Cards, Inc.

Kansas moved toward changing the way Supreme Court members are appointed. The philanthropist some called “Kansas City's first lady” died. And the GM Fairfax plant was notified of a sizeable expansion. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Read more
Government
9:41 am
Fri February 1, 2013

Synthetic Drug, Tobacco Enforcement Measure Sails Through City Council

An ordinance allowing the city of Kansas City, Mo. to suspend or revoke the tobacco-sales licenses of stores  which sell illegal synthetic drugs or sell cigarettes to minors sailed through a final city council vote yesterday.

Read more
Government
2:40 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Council Gets Tough On Synthetic Drugs

"Incense" packet contains synthetic marijuana
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency

The Kansas City city council plans to get tough on businesses that sell products labeled as "bath salts" or "incense," but designed to have effects similar to marijuana or other street drugs.

Read more
Headlines
1:51 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Rev. Stan Archie resigns as president of the MO State Board of Education.
File photo

Rev. Stan Archie, president of the Missouri State Board of Education, resigned Friday after allegations of sexual abuse.  Kansas' governor spoke out against abortions and property tax deductions. Missouri's governor took heat from the legislature about the purchase of an airplane. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

Read more
Headlines
6:48 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Sporting KC's stadium dropped the 'Livestrong' from its name this week.
Brian Davidson

Sporting Kansas City and the Livestrong charity came to a parting of the ways. Governor Sam Brownback laid out a plan to end Kansas income tax. And once again a Kansas court said the state is not spending enough on schools. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

Read more
Government
12:57 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Health Levy Extension To April Ballot

bigstock.com

Kansas City, Missouri voters will decide on whether to keep the city's health levy at its present rate. The city council scheduled its extension to be on the April 2 ballot.

Read more
Headlines
6:58 am
Sat January 12, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Livestrong Sporting Park in Kansas City, Kan.
proforged flickr

Governor Sam Brownback promoted a mental health solution to mass shootings. A court called out the governor and legislature for cutting taxes while not adequately funding schools. And one of Kansas City's most successful politicians wasn't running for a third term. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Read more
Sports
9:34 am
Tue January 8, 2013

New Chiefs Coach Introduced To KC

The Kansas City Chiefs introduced Andy Reid yesterday as the new head coach. Reid has hit the ground running since he arrived in Kansas City.

Read more
Headlines
8:18 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Top Stories Of The Week

Andy Reed signs his contract as Kansas City Chiefs head coach.
Kansas City Chiefs photo

Liberty Memorial got a new designation for the nation’s World War I centennial. And a new era began for the Kansas City Chiefs. Those and other top stories of the week on the Saturday News Review.

Read more
Sports
5:18 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Still Waiting For Arrowhead Announcement

Arrowhead Stadium.
Elana Gordon KCUR

There's still no word from Arrowhead officially announcing that Andy Reid is the new head coach of the Kansas City Chiefs.

Read more
Government
11:53 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

Chastain Presents 'Ultimatum'

Activist Clay Chastain, shown two years ago when he announced he would again be collecting signatures for a transit ballot initiative.
Video frame courtesy of TV-9

Clay Chastain is threatening another Kansas City petition drive: this time one for a recall election.

Read more
Headlines
8:05 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

Top Stories Of 2012

2012 retirees Walt Bodine and Patty Cahill
Tom Bodine

Kansas City got started on a streetcar line. The balance of Kansas politics changed for years to come. And a remark made in a Missouri Senatorial race became the bane of the GOP nationally. KCUR's Steve Bell guides through a tour of the top area stories of 2012 on KCUR’s Year-End News Review.

Read more
Headlines
6:00 am
Sat December 22, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Wikipedia Commmons

Winter arrived with power outages and canceled flights. Another area couple won a $50 million Powerball jackpot. And the shooting of 20 school children in Connecticut spawned radically different ideas on gun control. Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

 

Ideas, Leaders Clash On Gun Control

Read more
Government
11:56 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

Council Joins Mayor On Gun Control Stance

K-47 Assault Rifle
Brian.ch's photostream Wikipedia Commons

The Kansas City city council has joined the mayor in calling for tougher gun control laws. One focus is on controlling weapons like AK-47's and AR-15's.

Read more
Government
2:21 am
Thu December 20, 2012

KC Convention Tax Proposal Advances

KCMO City Hall.
Julie Denesha KCUR

Kansas Citians are likely to vote in April on closing a loophole in a local tax – but one few Kansas City residents ever pay.

Read more
Government
7:18 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Council: 'Cliff A Threat To KC Economy, Services'

Julie Denesha KCUR

As the President and Republican Congressional leaders continue to butt heads in Washington, the “fiscal cliff” and its 10 percent across-the-board spending cuts loom.

Read more
Headlines
6:30 am
Sat December 15, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Kansas City Star December 13 front page
Kansas City Star

Some public employees were charged with a $300,000 wellness incentives scam. Kansas Libertarians were up in arms about open carry bans. And after many false starts, a Kansas City streetcar project got rolling. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

Read more
Cops & Crime
4:11 pm
Fri December 14, 2012

After Conn. Shooting, Some Police Step Up Presence Near Schools

bigstock.com

Though the tragic shooting Friday at a Connecticut elementary school occurred far from the Kansas City area, Overland Park police still stepped up its presence nearby local schools.

Read more
Government
1:23 am
Fri December 14, 2012

Streetcars Off To Fast Start

Rendering of the proposed streetcar line created by the firm that will manage its design
HDR, City of Kansas City

The Kansas City city council got off to a running start on getting a downtown streetcar running Thursday, displaying a unity of spirit on having streetcars running by 2015 as promised.

Read more
Headlines
7:00 am
Sat December 8, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Elana Gordon KCUR

Kansas got final permission to privatize Medicaid. And Kansas Citians agonized over the story of murder, suicide, and an orphaned child. Those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

Read more
Government
1:52 am
Fri December 7, 2012

Council Passes Changes for Ambulances, Charity Marathons

Seeking more input on ambulance response times, the Kansas City Council increased the number of members on the ambulance service advisory board yesterday and gave that board more authority on recommendations.

Read more
Headlines
6:35 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Mark and Cindy Hill claim their $293,750
Missouri Lottery

The plot of an already bizarre murder case took another turn, and Mo.'s Democratic governor finally endorsed expanding Medicaid. But the area story that got national attention was about a couple who won the lottery.

Read more
Cops & Crime
1:27 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Confession Recanted In Prayer-Group Murder Case

KMBC, TV-9 News

The plot of an already bizarre Kansas City murder case took another turn yesterday, when an attorney said the confession of a man who said he killed his prayer-group leader's wife was a fabrication.

Read more
Headlines
7:00 am
Sat November 24, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Highwoods Properties

The city council cracked down on party houses. The holiday season got underway with a Kansas City tradition. Those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Read more
Government
12:40 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Council Cracks Down On Party Houses

bigstock.com

Under a new ordinance, Kansas City Missouri police can crack down on after-hours clubs and nuisance parties.

Read more
Headlines
5:16 pm
Fri November 16, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

One of this week's top stories was the shut-down of the Hostess company.
wikimedia commons

A prayer group leader was accused of having his wife killed. The federal government announced that it would create 800 jobs here. Those and other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

Read more
Government
1:28 am
Fri November 16, 2012

Council Calls For Quicker Ambulance Response

Kansas City Fire Department

With a resolution passed yesterday, Kansas City's city council is getting more involved in fixing lagging ambulance response times. And  there's more involvement to come.

Read more
Headlines
7:00 am
Sat November 10, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Missouri elected a mostly Republican legislature, but most statewide offices went to Democrat. And pollsters were way off on the race between McCaskill and Akin. Those and other top stories of the week.

Read more
Government
1:16 am
Fri November 9, 2012

Red Light Ordinance Changes To 'Moving Parking Ticket'

Running a red light is no longer mentioned in Kansas City's red-light-camera ordinance after the city council revamped the law's wording Wednesday.

Read more
Government
1:40 am
Thu November 8, 2012

Union Station Wants Upgrades, Tax Credits

Union Station's board of directors says the 98-year-old landmark has turned the corner financially and it's time for some improvements.

Read more

Pages