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

Election 2012
5:00 am
Tue November 6, 2012

Predicting Results In Missouri, Clay County As Bellwether

bigstock.com

It's Election Day, and the polls close at 7 p.m. in Kansas and in Missouri.

Read more
Headlines
7:50 pm
Fri November 2, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

The McCaskill-Akin Senate race got national attention again this week.

Three defendants were convicted of torching a downtown restaurant. And all eyes were on the East Coast and a storm like no other in its history. KCUR's Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week.

Read more
Government
2:05 am
Thu November 1, 2012

Council To Vote On Funeral Picketing Ordinance

Westboro Baptist Chuch members display picket signs at a military funeral

Updated Thursday, November 1. The Kansas City city council has unanimously passed an ordinance to restrict the Westboro Baptist Church's picketing of military funerals.

Read more
Headlines
8:08 pm
Fri October 26, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

The Kansas City Chiefs changed quarterbacks. But the story that got the most ink and air-time in Kansas City was an arrest in Colorado.  Those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Read more
Government
9:28 am
Fri October 26, 2012

Photo ID Not Required To Vote In Missouri

Photo ID laws and proposals for photo ID laws are causing some confusion as election day approaches.

Read more
Sports
6:39 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Cassel Out, Quinn In As Chiefs Quarterback

Coach Romeo Crennel announces a change at quarterback
Kansas City Chiefs

Matt Cassel is out and Brady Quinn is in as starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs. Coach Romeo Crennel made the announcement on Monday.

Crennel emphasized that he is not blaming Cassel for the team's failures, but says no other changes would have had as broad an impact. He said he made the change that would change the dynamic of the team the most.

Headlines
6:44 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Citizens protested the planned removal of 189 stop-lights. And three key Kansas City area businesses were about to see major ownership changes. Those & other top stories on this week's Saturday News Review.

Read more
Government
1:10 am
Fri October 19, 2012

Council Says 'Stop' On Stop Light Removals

Open Clip ARt

A little over a week ago, the city of Kansas City, Missouri switched 37 stoplights to flashing and announced they would be removed in a month.

Read more
Government
8:49 am
Thu October 18, 2012

Kansas City Council Questions Community Improvement Districts

Councilman Ed Ford.
Video frame courtesy of KCCG, Channel 2.

The Kansas City Council has been talking about tightening up on community improvement districts since this summer, but the talk goes on with no decision on what the policy will be.

Read more
Headlines
6:00 am
Sat October 13, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Sprint Nextel was talking with a prospective buyer. The KU Hospital pioneered a new use for GPS technology. Those and other top stories of the week.

Read more
Headlines
6:00 am
Sat October 6, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Genome research done at Children's Mercy Hospital got national attention this week.
user Mrd7b2 Wikipedia

The Kansas Supreme Court upheld the malpractice damage cap law. Kansas City school officials got tough on misbehavers at the African-Centered College Prep campus. Those and other top stories of the week.

Read more
Election 2012
5:27 pm
Wed October 3, 2012

Vratil Crosses Party Line, Endorses Democrat

John Vratil is retiring as vice-president of the Kansas Senate.

Retiring Kansas moderate Republican State Senator John Vratil has crossed party lines to endorse Democrat Mike Delaney in the 11th Kansas Senate District.

Read more
Government
2:41 am
Thu September 27, 2012

KC Finance Chair Pushes For Pension Reform

City Council finance chair Jan Marcason
KCCG, Channel 2

The chair of the city council's finance committee is telling the city manager and public safety unions to speed up pension reform negotiations.

Read more
Government
5:00 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Kansas Investigation Uncovers Flaws In Sunshine Law

A Kansas district attorney concludes that a series of meetings of key members of the legislature called by Governor Sam Brownback broke the state's open meetings law.  But there will be no charges and no fines and the investigation left a number of questions about the unannounced meetings and the open records law itself.

Read more
Headlines
6:30 am
Sat September 8, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

bishop robert finn

Supporters of two ballot initiatives gave up. Congressman Emanuel Cleaver was a hit at the Democratic National Convention.

Read more
Visual Arts
5:56 pm
Tue September 4, 2012

Group Files Signatures To Remove Controversial Sculpture

Flickr user BSevett

A grand jury may decide the fate of a life-sized bronze sculpture at the Overland Park Arboretum and Botanical Gardens.

Read more
Government
1:55 am
Fri August 31, 2012

No Nukes To Voters, Billboard Tax Back To Committee

An initiative forbidding Kansas City, Missouri from granting any more incentives for facilities involved in any phase of the manufacturing or refurbishing of nuclear weapons will finally go to the voters.

Read more
Cops & Crime
5:55 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Bishop Finn: 'Boys Will Be Boys'

Bishop Robert Finn
kansascity.com

The Kansas City Star reported Thursday afternoon on comments made by Bishop Robert Finn regarding pornographic images of children on a priest's computer.

Read more
Headlines
7:19 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Congressman Kevin Yoder was called out for his late-night skinny-dipping.
Frank Morris KCUR

Kansas' open meetings law turned out to be not as open as most thought. Congressman Kevin Yoder got in hot water for skinny-dipping. Those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

Read more
Government
1:19 am
Fri August 24, 2012

No November KC Vote On Billboard Fees, 'No Nukes' Initiative

Kansas City, Missouri voters will decide on only one city ballot measure in November, and it won't be the proposed blight-relief fees for billboard companies or a "no nukes" initiative from Peace Planters.

Read more
Government
1:10 am
Thu August 23, 2012

Council Alters Billboard Tax Plan; No Nukes On Hold

Proposals for a billboard tax and forbidding city participation in facilities involved in the production of nuclear weapons took changes of direction in a city council committee Wednesday.

Read more
Headlines
6:32 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

A council committee postponed a vote this week on a plan to privatize the operation of the KCI airport parking lot buses.
KC Aviation Department

All remaining criminal charges filed against Planned Parenthood by Phill Kline were dropped. The cause of the Joplin mosque fire remained a mystery. Those & other top stories of the week.

Read more
Education
1:38 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Ruling But No Resolution On KC School Transfers

Jackson County judge W. Brent Powell ruled on the lawsuit filed by five school districts against the Kansas City district yesterday. 

Read more
KCMO City Hall
2:31 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Council Postpones Votes On Nukes, Billboard Tax, Petition Process

Kansas City city council committees had three thorny ballot issues scheduled for debate yesterday, but they concluded it was not a good day for final decisions.

Read more
Headlines
5:30 am
Sat August 11, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

The Catholic Diocese released a report this week on sexual abuse and boundary violations.
The Catholic Key

The Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese released a report on sexual abuse. Kansas Citians voted to raise their taxes – a little. Those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Read more
Catholic Church
7:26 pm
Thu August 9, 2012

Diocese Releases Abuse Report

Click image for document content.
The Catholic Key

The ombudsman for the people of the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic diocese to look into accusations of sexual abuse by clergy has released her first annual report.

Read more
Government
5:30 am
Thu August 2, 2012

Campaign Contribution Limits: Big Donors Find A Way

A national study of risk of corruption by the Center for Public Integrity docks Missouri for being one of only four states without any limits on campaign contributions.

Read more
Headlines
4:37 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

geograph.org

Google finally announced that its fiber network is coming soon... and what it will cost. But the story that affected the most people was the drought that's already here... and likely will be for weeks to come.

Read more
Headlines
6:37 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Kansas City Fire Chief Smokey Dyer announced this week that he'll retire July 30th.
Dan Verbeck KCUR

Kansas City revised its billboards ordinance. Fire chief Smokey Dyer announced his retirement. Those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

Read more
2012 All-Star Game
9:38 am
Fri July 20, 2012

All-Star Crowds Tripled Hotel Figures, Boosted Museum Attendance

Royals FanFest drew 119,000 to Bartle Hall.
Jeremy Bernfeld KCUR

Kansas City got its official report on the All-Star Game Thursday, and it was a positive report.

Read more

Pages