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
1:00 am
Fri June 8, 2012

Condemnations Pend For Police Campus Propertry Holdouts

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A Kansas City city council committee is talking tougher on property at the site of the new East Patrol police campus between Brooklyn and Prospect off of 27th Street.

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Government
1:36 am
Thu June 7, 2012

Kansas City Plans More Red Light Cameras

File photo

Kansas City police say their most recent analysis shows that red light cameras are reducing accidents. And based on that data, they plan to add more of the cameras.

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Headlines
7:25 pm
Fri June 1, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

A court ruling ended Wyandotte County's effort to keep the EPA from moving to Lenexa. Judges took up where the legislature left off on Kansas redistricting. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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Government
1:39 am
Fri June 1, 2012

An Ameristar Community Improvement District?

The Ameristar Casino and Hotel in Kansas City, MO.
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An interesting question faces the Kansas City city council next week: Should a casino be able to raise the sales tax on its customers and use the money for improvements on its own property?

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Cops & Crime
12:57 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Kansas City Police Tackle Teen Driver Texting

Wiki Commons

Texting while driving is the subject of an upcoming Kansas City informational campaign for young people.

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Headlines
6:32 pm
Fri May 25, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

New Missouri Congressional districts survived a court challenge. Gov. Brownback signed off on a huge Kansas tax cut. Those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
12:29 am
Fri May 25, 2012

Council Passes Sly James Tax and Bonds Plan

Photo by Steve Bell

Another victory Thursday for the program Mayor Sly James calls Reform and Repair means Kansas City voters will have the final say in August.

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Headlines
6:30 am
Sat May 19, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Missouri lawmakers ended their session with digs at Democrats. Republican factions stayed deadlocked in the Kansas Legislature. Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
1:06 am
Fri May 18, 2012

Council Endorses Mayor's Tax Plan

Mayor Sly James presents his tax revision plan to a joint city council committee
KCCG Channel 2

Kansas City voters are likely to be asked to swap motor vehicle “city stickers” and some special property taxes for a 1/2-cent sales tax increase.

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Headlines
7:07 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Patrons waited for hours on end at Kansas motor vehicle license offices. The Missouri Legislature sent Governor Nixon a proposed budget. 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
5:08 pm
Wed May 9, 2012

Big Kansas Tax Cut Bill Passes, Could Produce $2.7 Billion Shortfall

The Kansas House has surprised the Senate by bypassing a compromise tax-cut plan while the Senate was preparing to vote on it.

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Headlines
5:06 pm
Fri May 4, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Kansans City finally got a truancy ordinance. Kansas got a major tax-cut proposal. And a Missouri legislator came out, literally, against a bill known as “don't say gay.” Those and other top stories of the week were recapped on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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Government
12:14 am
Fri May 4, 2012

Revised Kansas City Truancy Ordinance Passes

Kansas City, Missouri has a truancy ordinance as of Thursday afternoon, but it doesn't portend to change the daytime curfew policy.

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Government
1:32 am
Thu May 3, 2012

Missouri Politics: Hiding Big Donations Is Easy And Legal

Missouri is the only state where someone could donate $1 million to a political campaign, cover it up, and not have broken the law. It is one of only four states that have no limits on campaign contributions.

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KCMO City Hall
11:34 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

KC Revenue Commission: 'Keep E-Tax, Raise Sales And Property Taxes'

The earnings tax will stay and sales and property taxes will increase if a mayoral commission on municipal revenue gets its way.

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Headlines
5:14 pm
Fri April 27, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Walt Bodine on retirement day
Steve Bell

Walt Bodine retired after 72 years in broadcasting. A judge let streetcar plans keep rolling. And there was progress, but not resolution on a Missouri budget. Steve Bell recaps on those & other top stories of the week.

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Government
6:56 pm
Thu April 26, 2012

Council Approves MAST Pensions

Steve Bell KCUR

Kansas City, Missouri finally has a pension deal with MAST ambulance employees. Or more accurately, two pension deals.  And an overall contract deal is in the works with Firefighters Local 42, but not official yet.

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Headlines
5:07 pm
Fri April 20, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Sprint was accused of major tax evasion. A Kansas City North teen became the first in Platte County to be charged under Missouri's texting while driving law. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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Government
12:27 am
Fri April 20, 2012

Truancy Curfew Plan Revived

Kansas City councilman Scott Wagner forced a proposed truancy curfew out of limbo yesterday.  The council is now scheduled to vote on it in two weeks.

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Government
12:50 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Daytime Curfew Stalls Again

Former mayor pro-tem Alvin Brooks urges a council group to approve a daytime curfew.
KCCG Channel 2 video frame

Wednesday saw still another debate in city council chambers on a proposal for having police pick up kids who skip school and fining their parents.

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Headlines
6:34 pm
Fri April 13, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

OSHA levied a heavy fine over an Atchison grain elevator explosion. Childcare, not services to the blind took the big hit in the latest Missouri budget proposal. Steve Bell recaps on those and other top stories of the week on the Saturday News Review.

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Government
12:48 am
Fri April 13, 2012

Council Goes For New Antioch Development

The Antioch Center sign: a Northland fixture since 1956
City of Kansas City, MO

A nearly $60 million plan to revive the old Antioch Shopping Center in the Northland moved ahead Thursday, as the city council approved a deal to partner with developers.

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Headlines
6:40 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

A judge said the Catholic Diocese and its bishop can go on trial. A school district had to wait for results of its board election. And the post-season finally ended for KU. Steve Bell revisits those and other top stories of the week on KCUR's Saturday News Review.

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Government
12:44 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Council Says 'No' To No-Nukes Vote

After hours of hearings and the threat of a lawsuit, the Kansas City city council voted yesterday to not send the revised version of a group's latest anti-nuclear weapons initiative to a public vote.

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KCMO City Hall
1:14 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Council Declares War On Illegal Signs

"The Sign Bandit" displays signs he says were posted illegally in his neighborhood.
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While one Kansas City city council committee took steps to look for more sources of funding for a downtown streetcar line yesterday, another declared war on unwanted and illegal signs.

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Headlines
6:45 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

The Jayhawks headed for New Orleans & the Final Four, but it was MU's coach who received awards. Those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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KCMO City Hall
1:33 am
Fri March 30, 2012

KC Budget Cuts Many Services

Mayor Sly James defends next year's budget cuts and calls them fair.
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A $7.6 million cut to the Fire Department budget drew the most debate Thursday as the Kansas City city council passed a city budget by a 12-1 margin.

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Education
1:53 am
Thu March 29, 2012

School District Meets With Council Group

Dr. Steve Green and school board president Airick Leonard West
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President of the Kansas City school board and interim superintendent Steve Green went to the city council Neighborhoods Committee Wednesday with a plan for restoring accreditation to the Kansas City district.

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Headlines
1:24 am
Sat March 24, 2012

Top Stories Of The Week

Two Kansas basketball teams kept a post-season presence. The city council stalled a vote on a daytime curfew. And Kansas lawmakers deadlocked on redistricting plans. KCUR's Steve Bell looks back at those and other top stories of the week on the KCUR Saturday News Review.

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KCMO City Hall
1:29 am
Fri March 23, 2012

Council Backs Central City Developers

While the Kansas City city council held off on decisions on a daytime curfew and putting a no nukes petition initiative on the ballot, it had no difficulty deciding that rejuvenation is needed in the central city.

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