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.

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.

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.

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

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.

Leading a large university is no cakewalk, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City is no exception.

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It may be the tipping point: among the issues of discussion after Friday's massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut: mental health and gun control.

Our critics have made their lists for the best independent, foreign and documentary films of 2012. See their choices below, and get a preview of each film with our trailer playlist.

The name Hitchcock conjures up images of a screaming Janet Leigh and flocks of truly angry birds, but a new film looks at the love story between the director and his wife.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Let Brian McTavish & Up To Date make your plans for you.

The holidays are a time of good cheer, celebration and togetherness. So what do you do if your family has just gone through a divorce or other domestic clash?

The Book Doctors

Dec 11, 2012

Family conflict, gay marriage and social scandals aren’t just the stuff of newspaper headlines. They also make good subjects for books.

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Nicole Wright returned from college wanting to make a difference in her home town of Kansas City, Missouri.  Six years later, Officer Wright's beat is still the neighborhood where she was raised by her mother: 28th and Wabash, part of East Patrol.

The late comedian George Burns once said: "Every morning when I get up, I read the obituary page. If my name's not there, I shave."

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We've all heard the CPR checklist: Check the airway, start chest compressions, tilt the head back, and breathe.

Thomas Bjørkan

Just how much influence does Big Beef have in Cowtown?

Tenor Nathan Granner has done his share of traditional work with the likes of the Lyric Opera here in Kansas City and as a member of The American Tenors trio.  

If you're ever invited to the Prairie Village home of Linda and John "Topper" Johntz, be prepared for your jaw to drop.

Nanobots swimming in your bloodstream may not be the stuff of science fiction for too much longer.

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The Missouri House of Representatives has a new speaker: Tim Jones.  Jones is a Republican from Eureka, Mo.

Don’t be surprised to find yourself booked by the noisy ice machine if you're rude to the hotel front desk clerk. And do you really want to know what the housekeeper and the bellman were doing in the empty room next door?

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Quickly-- rank the presidents. Did you put Washington or Lincoln first? Where did you put Millard Fillmore?

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With only five weeks left in the 112th Congress, Representatives and Senators are under pressure to find common ground among themselves and with the President to avoid the fiscal cliff.

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A weekend full of eating, shopping, football and leftovers leaves many of us grateful for an opportunity to collapse on the sofa and watch a movie at home.

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Every cook has had the nightmare-- a solidly-frozen turkey on Thursday morning, no onions for the green bean casserole and a pumpkin pie gone wrong.

Dan Verbeck / KCUR

When Sen. Claire McCaskill defeated Rep. Todd Akin a few weeks ago, everyone was surprised by the 16-point margin of victory. 

Once upon a time, Anheuser-Busch hopped on the throne as the king of beers. Then, the foam head started to collapse.

Jean Fortunet

A plump roast turkey, creamy mountains of mashed potatoes and thick wedges of pumpkin pie are what many people look forward to during the holiday season.

U.S. Department of Defense

Was it wrong for fans to cheer at Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel's injury? What about the scandal of Gen. David Petraeus and his extra-marital affair-- is it any of our business?

Opera superstar Joyce DiDonato won a Grammy this year for Best Classical Vocal Solo.

The Prairie Village native and mezzo-soprano was the star of a TV special titled "Homecoming" produced by Kansas City's KCPT and PBS Arts. The concert with the Kansas City Symphony at the newly-opened Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts was broadcast nationally, and now, she has a new disc out titled "Drama Queens," which she recorded in Italy in July.

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He defied Steve Kraske's predictions and won the race for Missouri Secretary of State. Now Jason Kander is thinking about the work ahead.

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