Steve Kraske

Host of Up to Date

Steve Kraske is an associate teaching professor of journalism at UMKC, a political columnist for The Kansas City Star and has hosted "Up to Date" since 2002. He worked as the full-time political correspondent for The Star from 1994-2013 covering national, state and local campaigns. He also has covered the statehouses in Topeka and Jefferson City.

Before arriving in Kansas City, he worked at daily newspapers in Iowa and Illinois and at United Press International in Madison, Wis. Kraske is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison where he received a bachelor's degree in journalism. He was a 1992 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University.

Kraske has won awards for both his print and radio work and has appeared on NPR, CNN and Fox. He's a big fan of "Prairie Home Companion" and Kansas City jazz. His father lives in Stillwater, Minn., not far from the St. Croix River.

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90-Mile View
6:00 am
Wed January 23, 2013

90-Mile View: Howard Blender

Cattle grazing in the Flint Hills

There are few images of the West as iconic as cattle and few people as optimistic as a cattle rancher.  Just ask Howard Blender.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

The Return Of Commuter Rail To Jackson County?

Jackson County government

There's a new twist in the Kansas City transit debate, and that's not the only thing going on in Jackson County.

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Up to Date
10:36 am
Tue January 22, 2013

Re-Imagining Education Online

Salman Khan thinks he's seen the future of education and it involves more student-teacher interaction, more technology, and more creativity.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Examining Early Childhood Education

Lily Wade reads to a preschool class at the Child Development Center aboard Marine Corps Air Station in Cherry Point, N.C.
USMC

ABC and 123: They’re the basics of early childhood education, but the way kids learn these is up for debate.

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90-Mile View
6:00 am
Fri January 18, 2013

90-Mile View: Sarah Kessinger

Sarah Kessinger, Publisher of The Marysville Advocate

While many big newspaper companies are struggling to stay afloat, some 8,000 weekly papers are surviving and thriving due in large part to the dedication of the people who publish and edit them.  People like Sarah Kessinger.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

A Royals Season Preview

The organ music, peanuts and even that occasional flying hot dog are all part of going out to Kauffman Stadium for a Royals game.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Why Jazz Happened

Why Jazz Happened by Marc Myers

The sweet notes of smooth jazz are well-known to anyone who’s delved into Kansas City’s history, but jazz is still evolving today.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Trumpeting Jazz In Kansas City

Hermon Mehari

How do you get to be one of the rising stars of Kansas City's jazz scene?

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Up to Date
11:44 am
Wed January 16, 2013

JCCC President Terry Calaway Announces Retirement

Johnson County Community College president Terry Calaway
Credit JCCC

Johnson County Community College president Terry Calaway surprised more than a few people in October when he announced that he would step down come August.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

KC's Face Of Civil Rights

Leon Jordan

Kansas City Civil Rights leader Leon Jordan is famous for his unsolved murder, but his work to empower the black community in politics is also part of that story.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Teens And Date Rape

Christian Kadluba

Teens and young adults are in their peak years socially; out with friends and learning about love and sexuality. Often that includes an energetic, even raucous party scene.

But there’s a darker side that young people don’t often acknowledge or sometimes even recognize--sexual assault. It’s a situation no one wants to imagine can happen. But for many teens, date rape has become an unfortunate reality in their lives.

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90-Mile View
10:53 am
Wed January 9, 2013

90-Mile View: Rev. Rick Behrens

Rev. Rick Behrens
Danie Alexander KCUR-FM

How do you make a 124-year old church in a socio-economically depressed inner-city neighborhood relevant?  That's the challenge Rev. Rick Behrens has met for 30 years as pastor of Grandview Park Presbyterian Church in Kansas City, KS.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

A Life In The National Guard

An airman with the Kansas National Guard's 117th Air Refueling Squadron returned home after a deployment with CENTCOM.
The National Guard

We’ve all seen the war films of heroic soldiers fighting battles, but what does that battle look like for those left at home?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Diet Can Fix 'Milk And Cookie' Disease

A Healthier Wei

Kids take medicine for all kinds of chronic conditions these days, like constipation and acid reflux, but are medicines really necessary?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

Paradise Found In The Flint Hills

Flint Hills
Edwin Olson Flickr--CC

For one local woman, an isolated cabin in the middle of the Flint Hills with no modern conveniences is paradise.

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Up to Date
10:24 am
Mon January 7, 2013

Genetic Sequencing Advances Help Identify & Treat Rare Diseases

Dr. Darrell Dinwiddie with Dr. Stephen Kingsmore at Children Mercy's Center for Pediatric Genomic Medicine
Credit Mark McDonald / Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics

Recent advances in genome sequencing, including a technology developed at Children’s Mercy Hospital known as "fast sequencing," are helping medical professionals diagnose often-fatal diseases. 

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

It's A Bird; It's A Plane; It's A Statute?

The Law of Superheroes

What would happen if Superman had to get a warrant for his x-ray vision? Can you imagine Batman in small claims court when his batarangs damage city buildings?

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Job Market Predictions For 2013

Diane Stafford

What will the job market hold for 2013? Nobody has a crystal ball, but certain trends are giving us a hint.

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Up To Date
4:36 pm
Wed January 2, 2013

A Unique Approach To Serving Homeless Veterans

Atecia Robinson

Arthur Fillmore has spent more than thirty years closing the deal in corporate mergers and acquisitions in his professional life as an attorney. But for two decades he’s been unsuccessful in realizing the wish he’s held as a military veteran . . . until now.

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Up to Date
11:31 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

Area Development: 2012 Review & 2013 Preview

Work continues at Plaza Vista, future home of the Polsinelli Shughart law firm.
The Kansas City Business Journal

While the announcement that Swedish furniture retailer Ikea was the big story in area development for 2012 for its many fans in the metro, there was a lot more news about business growth the past year.

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Up to Date
5:00 pm
Tue January 1, 2013

'Call Me Dad, Not Dude'

The Kansas City Star Books

He's been called “a cuter, younger male version of Erma Bombeck."

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Sun December 30, 2012

The Pullman Porter: 'World's Most Perfect Servant' Or Symbol Of Racial Oppression?

Library of Congress

Bellman, concierge, housekeeper, valet: If the job of the Pullman porter  was complex, his place in the American consciousness is even harder to pin down.

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Up to Date
2:31 am
Fri December 28, 2012

DVD Gurus: Favorite Films 50 Years Ago: 1962

What was happening on the cinema scene a half century ago? How have movies changed and in what ways have they remained the same?

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Up To Date
6:00 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Paleoanthropologist Donald Johanson On What Lucy Says About Us

Donald Johanson and Lucy

She certainly shook up our family tree that day in 1974. The human family tree that is.

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Up to Date
9:30 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Anna Quindlen: Marriage, Friendships, Faith & Growing Older

Author Anna Quindlen

In her years as a journalist, author and cultural critic, her name has graced some of our most revered publications.

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Up to Date
8:54 am
Mon December 24, 2012

Great Regional Wines For The Holiday Season & Beyond

A lineup of the wines Doug Frost sampled with the Up to Date team
Bill Anderson KCUR

If you're looking for a good wine this holiday season, you needn't look far.  You'll find a bunch of great wineries bottling their goods in the Kansas City Region.

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Up to Date
10:01 am
Fri December 21, 2012

Best Music of 2012

'Weekend Blues' from The Caves' 'Duplexiaville' is one of Michael Byars' favorite tunes of 2012

There's no doubt that much of Kansas City's creativity is embodied in its local music scene.

Friday on Up to Date, Steve Kraske welcomes the return of the Local Music Show​, during which our music experts Chris HaghirianBill Brownlee and Michael Byars will check out some of the best music - local and international - of 2012.

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Up to Date
7:00 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Best Children & Youth Books Of 2012

One of (retired) Johnson County Librarian Debbie McLeod's picks for best children and youth books of 2012

It’s hard enough to keep your kids away from the Xbox on a normal weekday… it must be even tougher when they’re home for winter vacation.  But technology might just help this time around: perhaps you can even convince your child to turn off the video game and pick up a Kindle...or a Nook… an iPad or even (yes!) paper…and dig deep into a great story.

If you're looking for a really good present for your son, daughter, or other kid in your life, consider the gift of reading.

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Up to Date
6:00 pm
Tue December 18, 2012

Parents, Teens, Sexuality & The Holidays

Plan B pill

No one ever said it was easy to raise a teenager, but what do you do when Plan B becomes Plan A?

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Up to Date
10:18 am
Tue December 18, 2012

90-Mile View: Amy Farrand

Amy Farrand and her Framus guitar
Credit Paul Andrews

"I've never been the kind of person to say 'I don’t think I could do that' but more like 'I’m gonna do THAT!', says singer/songwriter Amy Farrand and from early childhood that attitude has shaped her life both in and out of the music scene.

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