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.

It's not often a state poet laureate turns her pen to write a non-fiction tale, but Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg has done just that.

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It's the place where performers as diverse as Nick Low, Merle Hagard and Carrie Rodriguez play when they hit town.

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It’s easy to go online and try to diagnose yourself when you're sick, but what do doctors think about that?

Lawmakers and officials in Kansas seem to be unclear on what some of the laws on that state's books actually mean.

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

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.

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

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.

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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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.

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

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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.

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.

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

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

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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. 

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?

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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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